In an effort to keep up with your life, you take care of the things you rely on every day. You make certain that your vehicle is maintained properly, your financial accounts are providing you a comfortable level of security and you’ve probably adjusted your diet at one time or another to improve your health. To be certain that you are getting the greatest satisfaction, you test drove your car before you purchased it, compared bankers against industry standards before opening an account and relied on experts to guide your nutritional needs. But how can you know if you are getting the most from your hearing aid? The same steps to achieving certitude apply: hearing aids are tested by the expert, your audiologist and results of the testing are compared to the needs of you as the patient.
When you receive your hearing aid initially, it has been quality tested by the manufacturer before it arrives at your audiologist’s office – just as with most factory productions. But peace of mind comes with knowing that your hearing aid is going to work for your needs. To achieve this, it is important that your audiologist certify the quality of your hearing aid by performing a Hearing Aid Verification. In their creation, hearing aids are programmed by a computer to meet certain specifications that are tested by the manufacturer. Hearing Aid Verification is the process by which your hearing aid is measured against the manufacturer’s standards in a test chamber by your audiologist. Everyone’s ears and hearing needs are different and while technology has modernized and improved today’s hearing aids, your audiologist can take an objective process and tailor it to you as the patient with subjective needs. When you leave your audiologist’s office, your hearing aid will have been doubly certified.
If you feel that your hearing aid isn’t working the way you know it should, there are some easy fixes you may be able to do yourself. Replacing the battery in your hearing aid, keeping it clean from debris and wax, preventing your hearing aid from contact with water, or correct placement within your ear are all common corrections. But what do you do if your hearing aid still isn’t working properly?
Your audiologist has an easy but more comprehensive solution with Real Ear Measurement. Often referred to as the “gold standard” in hearing, it is accomplished by a quick, safe and accurate testing of the hearing aid’s output. Tiny microphones are placed in the eardrum to collect data from your hearing aid while it is presented with different sounds and frequency. Measurements of this data, including your patient specific information, are analyzed to determine if your hearing aid is working properly. If it is determined that your hearing aid is not working as it should be, your audiologist can make the necessary improvements with greater ease and accuracy, thus ensuring greater patient satisfaction. Real Ear Measurement can be performed initially and/or as needed over time. As time goes on your needs as a patient or your hearing may change. Periodic Real Ear Measurement testing can keep your hearing aids working for you.
If you are wondering whether your hearing aid is working properly or just want to ensure you’re getting the best out of your hearing aid experience, Real Ear Measurement is the most accurate testing available today. Speak to your audiologist about Hearing Aid Verification and Real Ear Measurement today.