Speech Mapping/ Real Ear 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 speech mapping, an exciting method of fitting hearing aids using speech as a stimulus to help the specialist adjust hearing aids to the right settings for each wearer. Speech mapping makes fitting appointments more interactive and can reduce the number of office visits required for successful hearing aid programming.
What is Speech Mapping?
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 distinguish differences in how you are able to hear speech through your hearing aids.
Dr. White has equipment that will allow her to “see” what you are hearing through your hearing aids on a screen in real-time. This allows you and your family members to understand the differences that hearing aids can make in your hearing ability.
Benefits of Speech Mapping
Speech mapping is known for its accuracy. Other mapping and hearing evaluation methods often need tweaking before the hearing aid works perfectly for the user. Speech mapping increases the chances that your hearing aid mapping will be done correctly on the first try.
Speech mapping also creates a much more positive fitting experience by allowing both you and your family to see the immediate results of your hearing aids and their positive impact on daily life.
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.
Additional Benefits Speech Mapping:
- 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
Speech mapping is truly a wonderful technology for audiologists, the hearing-impaired individual, and their families alike.