Real Ear Measurement/ Live Speech Mapping is a fitting and verification method that is used to ensure that your hearing aids are programmed for your individual needs. Individual ears are very different from one patient to the next, and those differences have a major affect on the benefit a hearing aid provides to the wearer. The only way to truly account for those individual ear differences is to take a physical measurement of how the hearing aid is amplifying sound. Real Ear Measures allow the audiologist to objectively do this. With this method, a small probe
microphone is placed in the ear canal. While the hearing aid processes and amplifies the various sounds, the resulting output from the hearing aid is measured in real time at the level of the ear-drum. Real ear measurements are considered the “gold standard” method for achieving a proper hearing aid fit. Without conducting these measurements, it is impossible to accurately predict that an individual’s prescription has been achieved.
At Cary Audiology Associates, real ear measurement is something we do with every new hearing aid fitting and periodically over the life of the hearing aid to ensure the hearings are calibrated and working appropriately for each individual. The benefit of this technology for our patients is improved clarity, better sound quality, fewer follow-up visits, and the peace of mind of knowing that your hearing instruments are optimized and providing you with maximum benefit.