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Real Ear Measurement Enhances Your Hearing With Hearing Aids

Your hearing loss needs are unique, so it only makes sense that your hearing aids can’t simply be a one-size-fits-all that you pop in your ear right after you receive them from our doctors of audiology. To help ensure that your hearing aids work precisely for your hearing needs, you need a real-ear measurement.  

What Is A Real-Ear Measurement

A real-ear measurement is an assessment of how well a hearing aid is working for you. This assessment is done by using specialized equipment while you are wearing your hearing aids.

What the real-ear measurement does is check that the hearing aid’s volume has the appropriate intensity for your needs as well as checking that the pitch has the right frequency response for you to be able to hear correctly. While your diagnostic hearing evaluation allows our audiologists to gain an understanding as to the severity of your hearing loss, it is restricted to identifying a certain range of hearing loss.

With the help of a real-ear measurement, your hearing aids can be fine-tuned to your specific hearing loss so that things like a variation in pitch or volume can be compensated for by our doctors of audiology.

Why You Need Real-Ear Measurement To Improve Hearing Aids

Once our doctors of audiology understand the variations in your hearing loss needs, they can adjust the programming in your hearing aids to help compensate for the differences. But, you may be wondering why the hearing aids need programming. Well, there are a couple of reasons why hearing aids fit people differently.

  • Ear shape – Everyone’s ears vary in size and shape, beyond what we can see from the outer ear. The main issue is when there is a variance in the shape of the ear canal. Someone with a shorter, straighter ear canal may have an easy time with popping in hearing aids and are able to use them. But, say you have a longer ear canal that has a bend in it. That can cause the sounds from your hearing aids to come through less strongly, requiring our doctors of audiology to intervene.
  • Resonance difference – Your eardrum can resonate sound differently than another person’s eardrum. This difference may be due to a variation in tympanic membrane thickness, diameter, and other factors. With these resonance differences, your hearing aids will need to be fit to work with your hearing needs.

Not all hearing specialists offer real-ear measurements, as the needed equipment can be a pricey investment. However, here at Hearing & Balance Doctors, we value every patient and always provide real-ear measurements to ensure our hearing aids are fitted correctly for our patients’ needs.

What Happens During Real-Ear Measurement

So, you may now be asking just what happens during a real-ear measurement. Well, if you have recently ordered new hearing aids, our doctors of audiology will contact you to come in to pick them up and have them fitted.

Once you come into the office for your new hearing aids fitting, one of our audiologists will insert a small tube into your ear, then instruct you to place your hearing aids in your ears. After the hearing aids are in place, our audiologist will test the sound penetration of your hearing aids and reprogram them as necessary.

These measurements can take some time, but our doctors of audiology want you to have the best hearing possible, so they will ensure that the fit of your hearing aids and programming is perfect for your needs.

Real-ear measurements can also be done using your current hearing aids to ensure that they are properly calibrated for your hearing.

Hearing & Balance Doctors Provide Real-Ear Measurement

While not all hearing professionals offer real-ear measurement, here at Hearing & Balance Doctors, our doctors of audiology have the experience and the equipment to perform these necessary measurements.

If you would like to work with one of our doctors of audiology and enjoy personalized hearing health care help, contact us today to set up an appointment at one of our many convenient hearing clinics.

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