Live Speech Mapping
In the past, hearing aid fittings were much less scientific and required audiologists and hearing professionals to make a lot of assumptions about how the hearing aids were functioning. Today hearing healthcare specialists are equipped with new technologies and methods to make the hearing aid fitting process more accurate, ultimately leading to more successful hearing aid fitting.
One of the more advanced technologies available today is call Real Ear Probe Tube Verification, often referred to as Real Ear Measurements or Live Speech Mapping. This is an exciting new method of fitting hearing aids that ensures the hearing aids are set to each client's specific amplification prescription.
Live speech mapping makes fitting appointments more interactive and can reduce the number of office visits required for successful hearing aid programming.
What is Live Speech Mapping?
Live speech mapping is a fitting and 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 how sound is reaching your eardrum. A hearing aid fitting is not correct unless this measurement is completed.
We use high-tech equipment that allows us to “see” what you are hearing through your hearing aids on a screen in real-time. You can also see the adjustments made during the fitting and participate in the process. This allows both you and your family members to visualize and understand the differences that hearing aids can make in your hearing ability.
Benefits of Live Speech Mapping
Ears come in all shapes and sizes, and every little twist and turn changes the way sound travels through your ears. Sound is also influences by a vast array of other factors: the texture of your skin, the amount of fat under your kin, the texture of your ear's cartilage, the size and shape of your head, your shoulders, torso, etc. It all changes how sound arrives at your ears. The only way we can account for all of these unique variables is by measuring and adjusting the hearing aids while they are in your ears (i.e. Live Speech Mapping)
Live speech mapping also creates a much more positive fitting experience by allowing both you and your family to see the immediate results of amplification and their positive impact on communication. Both you and your family will be engaged in the fitting process.
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. When we use Live Speech Mapping we can accurately gauge how the hearing aids are working for each individual patient.
Additional Benefits Live Speech Mapping:
- Essential part of evidence based practice for fitting hearing aids
- Increases successful outcomes of fitting
- Ensures hearing aids are set to your prescription
- Focuses on the important function of being able to effectively hear human speech
- Engages both you and your family in the fitting process
- Provides immediate and tangible results
- Increases your confidence and comfort in using your new hearing aids
- Provides more accurate programming of hearing aids
Live speech mapping is truly a wonderful new technology for hearing healthcare professionals, the hearing-impaired individual, and their families alike. Call Hearing Solutions of North Carolina at 704-633-0023 or use our Contact Form to find out how Live Speech Mapping can provide you with a more enjoyable hearing aid experience.
If you currently wear hearing aids and this process does not sound familiar, it is likely that your hearing aid prescription has not been set properly. Please contact us to see if we are able to assist you with your current hearing aids.