Complete Hearing Evaluation
What to Expect from Our Hearing Tests
There are three main tests that we perform:
Real Ear Measurement
We are proud to use Real Ear Measurement (also known as Live Speech Mapping) to test the hearing abilities of our patients who use hearing aids. This is a crucial procedure for people who experience hearing loss. We use Real Ear Measurement to properly fit hearing aids for our patients, a procedure performed by only a minority of hearing aid professionals in our area.
Whether you are a new hearing aid wearer or a veteran, the Real Ear Measurement test is the gold standard when it comes to hearing evaluations. In everyday life, you are surrounded at any given time by an array of sound frequencies. High-frequency sounds can include chirping birds or a doorbell. Lower frequency sounds may consist of rumbling thunder in the distance or the hum of your fridge motor.
Hearing loss occurs at different frequencies, and that's why live speech mapping is so important. It helps us decide whether additional amplification is needed for specific pitches of sound. This helps to enhance the benefits your hearing aid devices will bring.
During the Real Ear Measurement process, you will be wearing your hearing aids as you normally would. A small microphone is placed in the ear canal with the hearing aid to take an exact measurement of the frequencies being picked up while your hearing aids are turned on and functioning as they usually would. The measurements taken from this reading are then compared to the hearing prescription of the patient to see if the amplification levels of all frequencies are being accounted for.