Have you ever known anyone (maybe yourself) who was fit with hearing aids, but they never were able to hear quite as well as they thought they should? Maybe some sounds were too loud but speech was still difficult to understand?
In many of these cases, the reason that the hearing aid fitting wasn't successful is because the devices were just fit to the recommended manufacturer settings with no in-ear measurements to ensure the fitting was accurate.
In our clinics, by using real ear measurements know as "live speech mapping", we are able to ensure an optimized fit for every patient, every time. You can have peace of mind that the technology you are investing in will be custom-tuned to your ears and your hearing.
What Is Real Ear Measurement?
Live speech mapping is a type of real ear measurement that verifies that your hearing aids are fit and programmed correctly for your hearing loss.
With this method, small microphones are placed in your ears with and without your hearing aids, and calibrated sounds are played. This allows your audiologist to measure the unique acoustics of your ear canal. Then speech sounds are played at different volume levels with the hearing aids in your ears, and adjustments are made to the programming of the hearing aids to ensure you are hearing appropriately for soft, medium, and loud sounds.
Your hearing care professional will have high-tech equipment that will allow him or her to “see” what you are hearing through your hearing aids on a screen in real-time.
Benefits Of Real Ear Measurement
Imagine going to the eye doctor, and rather than glasses being prescribed base on a vision exam, you are told to select the best glasses from yourself from a pile of glasses on the table. Do you think you would get the most accurate prescription?
This is often what happens without speech mapping. Hearing aids are programmed based on an estimated prescription, and then the hearing provider asks you to describe how they sound. They then make adjustments based on your perception of the sound. The problem is, your perception may not be accurate, as you have gotten used to not hearing many of the sounds that you're supposed to be hearing.
With live speech mapping, there is no guessing. Hearing aids are fit with 100% accuracy, every time. You don't ever have to wonder if your investment was worth it.
The Reality Is, Hearing Aids Are Only As Good As The Quality Of Their Programming.
If you have a hearing loss, you may not be able to fully understand what you can and cannot hear, and therefore, you may not understand everything you are missing. With speech mapping, you will have the ability to hear the improvements immediately, and you will be shown exactly what you can and cannot hear in real-time.
Benefits of Real Ear Measurement:
- Ensures that your hearing is optimized to your prescription with hearing aids
- Guarantees that you're getting the most out of your hearing aids
- You will immediately hear what you have been missing
- Increases the success rate and satisfaction of new hearing aid fittings
- Improves your confidence that you've made a great investment in hearing treatment
- Provides an accurate prescription with your hearing aids
- Reduces the number of times you need to come back for follow up visits
Dr. Cliff Approved Provider Network
Our Audiologists at ClearLife Hearing Care are proud to be part of the Dr. Cliff Approved Provider Network.
Dr. Cliff Olson is an audiologist and YouTube personality who focuses on consumer education for people with hearing loss.
Dr. Cliff is a champion of Best Practice audiology, and has hand-picked audiologists from across the country who meet the highest standards of hearing care including the use of Real Ear Measurement during hearing aid fittings. .
The Dr. Cliff Approved Provider badge is a great way for you as a consumer to identify hearing care providers who treat their patients with exceptional levels of care and commit to acting as a fiduciary for their patients (acting in their patients' financial best interest).
Contact ClearLife today to schedule a hearing aid consultation at 844-440-4327.