Do you have 5 minutes to spare?
Well, that’s all it takes and less than 20% of hearing professionals spend their time on it. Real ear and live speech measurements are a key element to ensuring a proper hearing aid fitting and considered a crucial part of “best practices”. But, in reviewing procedures at most hearing practices it is not being completed.
What is Real Ear or Live Speech measuring you ask?
It simply is a valid, repeatable and reliable method of assessing the real-ear performance of hearing instruments. A person’s ear canal shape, how the hearing aid is fitting in the canal and the actual programming of the hearing instrument affects the performance. We can simply measure how the instrument is performing in your ear and if your aid is truly reaching the target required for success. What this does if offer better hearing and less return visits for adjustments, saving you time and money.
When you invest in digital hearing instruments, they have to be programmed correctly to work at their best. So, the moral of this story is that you should demand this procedure be a part of the process. If the professional doesn’t offer this, I recommend you go to a hearing healthcare provider who does. The equipment to do this test is in the thousands for the provider, so you most likely will pay for this service, but its’ well worth it. You will know you are working with a professional who wants the best for you and your hearing health.