After you have received your hearing aids from one of our hearing care professionals, before you head out the door to start enjoying your new hearing aids, it is best if you undergo real-ear measurement. That way, you can be sure that your hearing aids are properly programmed for your hearing loss needs.
What Is Real-Ear Measurement?
A real-ear measurement is a test that one of our hearing care professional sat Hearing Associates of Las Vegas will perform after your hearing aids arrive at our office. This test ensures that the correct amount of sound amplification is being outputted by your hearing aids and is reaching your ears.
When you come in to have your new hearing aids fitted by one of our hearing specialists, one of the steps is the real-ear measurement test. Taking about 5-15 minutes, our hearing specialists will have you wear your hearing aids while they insert a miniscule probe into your ear. The probe will be set close to your eardrum to ensure that the sound measurement is accurate.
Once all the equipment is in place, sounds will be played to check the sound penetration of your hearing aids. One of our hearing specialists will observe on the computer how well you are receiving sound compared to your hearing loss and hearing aids’ current settings.
Should there be a discrepancy between your hearing needs and what your hearing aids are currently providing, our hearing instrument specialists will adjust your hearing aids.
How Our Hearing Specialist Utilizes Real-Ear Measurements?
It may be a bit confusing exactly how real-ear measurements work. To help clear things up, we wanted to cover how our hearing instrument specialists utilize real-ear measurements to maximize your hearing aids amplification abilities.
Say that you find out that you have moderate hearing loss after your hearing test with our specialists. Our hearing care providers will help you find hearing aids which work for your level of hearing loss and order them for you.
Once the hearing aids arrive, they will come with the manufacturer’s hearing aid setting to accommodate your moderate hearing loss. While it may sound mostly right, you may notice that as you try out your new hearing aids, they don’t sound quite right. This slightly off fit of your hearing aids can be due to a number of reasons, such as:
- Ear canal shape
- Length of canal
- Shape of ear
As everyone has different ear shapes, it makes sense that some customization is needed. By doing a real-ear measurement, our hearing care providers will be able to specifically layer frequencies, volume, and pitches to accommodate your specific hearing amplification needs.
Benefits Of Having Real-Ear Measurement Done?
Aside from having better sound amplification, there are other ways that having a real-ear measurement done can help you enjoy your hearing aids more. Some of these benefits are:
- Maximize hearing aid usefulness – A hearing aid with the manufacturer’s hearing loss programming will help alleviate issues associated with hearing loss. But without specific tailoring, your hearing aids may not help you as much as you had hoped when you first received them. With real-ear measurements to assess exactly what you need, it is far more likely that you will enjoy using and wearing your hearing aids.
- Keep hearing aids working for longer – Even after your initial hearing aid fitting, it is possible for your hearing to change over time. Instead of becoming frustrated with your hearing aids or needing new ones, coming in for our hearing specialists to perform a real-ear measurement may extend the life and usefulness of your hearing aids.
- Assist with tinnitus support effectiveness – When it comes to hearing aids with built-in tinnitus treatment features, sound penetration is an essential aspect. As hearing aid tinnitus support is usually in the form of sound generation to mask the sounds of tinnitus, it is important that your hearing aids are correctly programmed so you can have your tinnitus effectively blocked out.
- Greater speech clarity – Hearing speech clearly is one of the biggest hurdles for people with hearing loss, and hearing aids which aren’t properly fitted with a real-ear measurement assessment may not be attuned enough to allow you to hear speech well. But with the tiny adjustments that real-ear measurement can help our hearing specialists identify and make, you can be sure to capture more of the speech you are hoping to hear.
Find Real-Ear Measurements At Hearing Associates Of Las Vegas
Not all hearing aid providers will perform a real-ear measurement test. The equipment can be expensive for a hearing clinic to purchase, and not all hearing care providers want to take the time to ensure that your hearing aid is properly programmed.
But here at Hearing Associates of Las Vegas, you are our top priority. We consider all our patients as part of our extended hearing family. Because of this, we made sure to invest in real-ear measurement equipment, and all our hearing care professionals take the time to ensure your hearing aids are set up as perfectly as possible for your hearing.
If you want to ensure that your hearing aids fit your hearing loss needs correctly, contact us to work with our hearing care providers. All of our hearing professionals make sure to take the time needed to ensure that they understand your concerns and do everything they can to help you be happy with your hearing solutions. We look forward to helping you with your hearing soon!