In the past, hearing evaluations and fittings for hearing aids consisted mostly of a series of beeps and noises. Today, audiologists are equipped with new technologies and methods to make the hearing evaluation process and hearing aid programming process more effective.
One of the more advanced technologies available is Real-ear-measurement or live speech mapping, a method of fitting hearing aids using speech as a stimulus to help the specialist adjust hearing aids to the right settings for each wearer. Live speech mapping makes fitting appointments more interactive and can reduce the number of office visits required for successful hearing aid programming.
What is Real-ear Measurement or live speech mapping?
Live speech mapping also know as Real-Ear Measurement, is a hearing aid verification method that is used to ensure that your hearing aids are programmed for your individual needs. With this method, small microphones placed in the ear canal are used to measure the response of the hearing aid in your ear taking into account the natural and individual characteristics of both your ear and your hearing loss. For your live speech mapping appointment, you may want to bring along a family member or close friend to act as the “gauge” in your ability to hear live voices.
This technique will allow him or her to “see” what you are hearing through your hearing aids on a screen in real-time. This allows both you and your family members to visualize and understand the differences that hearing aids can make in your hearing ability.
Benefits live speech mapping or Real-Ear-Measurement:
- Focuses on the important and basic function of being able to effectively hear human speech
- Engages both you and your family in the fitting process
- Provides immediate and tangible results
- Shown to increase successful outcomes of fittings
- Increases your confidence and comfort in using your new hearing aids
- Provides more accurate programming of hearing aids
- Reduces number of return visits