REAL EAR, also called probe microphone measurements, is the gold standard used to determine whether or not a hearing aid user is receiving the precise level of amplification needed at every frequency in order to achieve the best hearing improvement possible. These measurements take in consideration the shape and size of the patient’s ear and hearing loss.
Dr. Papel utilizes the BEST PRACTICE of performing REAL EAR in the form of LIVE SPEECH MAPPING to ensure a patient is receiving the best result from one’s hearing aid. The process involves insertion of a thin tube into an ear canal, with and without a hearing aid in place. It is performed with the patient sitting in a chair listening to speech presented from a speaker on a table.
Other verification measures, or OUTCOME MEASURES, may be performed such as surveys regarding patient perceived difficulty from having hearing loss and perceived benefit with amplification.