Hearing aid fittings and evaluations of the past mainly consisted of a series of noises and beeps. This has changed due to new technology, making the process of hearing aid programming and evaluation much more effective. Live speech mapping is one of the most advanced and current technologies available. This is a new and exciting method of using speech so the hearing aids can be adjusted to the best possible settings for each individual wearer. This makes the appointments for fittings a lot more interactive and decreases the number of times the person has to return to our office for successful programming of the hearing aids.
Live speech mapping is an exceptional method of verification used to make certain the programming for the hearing aids is right for the needs of the individual. A small microphone is used in the ear canal to detect how the person hears speech when using the hearing aids. High-tech equipment is used to enable the professional to use a screen reflecting real time to see what the person hears through the hearing aids.
Additional methods may also be used to ensure all the necessary tweaking has been done and the hearing aid will work correctly for the needs of the individual. This increases the odds of the programming being ideal after the first appointment.
Live speech mapping ensures the fitting experience is positive by enabling both a family member and the individual to see the results of the hearing aid immediately and the impact on the life of the wearer. This engages both people in the process of fitting the hearing aids. Many people with hearing loss are not able to discern what they are able to hear. This means they do not understand what they cannot hear. This method provides immediate improvement and reveals what is and is not being heard.
Some of the benefits of live speech mapping include:
• Focuses on the individual being able to hear speech effectively
• Provides immediate results
• Provides more comfort and confidence when the hearing aids are used
• Engages the family member and individual in the process
• Increases the success of the fitting
• Enables the hearing aids to be programmed more accurately
Live speech mapping is an exceptional technology for the individual being fitted, and we are proud to use this technique at Regional ENT Associates. To find out more information, contact us today and book a consultation at our office in Lebanon or Gallatin. We look forward to speaking with you!