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Real Ear Verification Measures
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 verification, an exciting new method of fitting for hearing aids using speech as a stimulus to help the specialist adjust hearing aids to the right settings for each wearer. Real ear verification makes fitting appointments more interactive and can reduce the number of office visits required for successful hearing aid programming.
What is Real Ear Verification?
Real ear verification 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 distinguish differences in how you are able to hear speech through your hearing aids.
Your audiologist 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 Verification
Real ear verification is known for its accuracy. Other mapping and hearing evaluation methods often need tweaking before the hearing aid works perfectly for the user. Real ear verification increases the chances that your hearing aid mapping will be done correctly on the first try.
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 this method, 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.
Additional Benefits of Real Ear Verification:
- Focuses on the important and basic function of being able to effectively hear human speech
- 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
Real ear verification is truly a wonderful new technology for audiologists, the hearing-impaired individual, and their families alike. Contact your audiologist to find out how real ear verification can provide you with a more enjoyable hearing aid mapping experience.