Purchasing a new top-of-the-line hearing aid does not guarantee that you will be hearing your best. You need an audiologist that uses Real Ear Measurements (REMs) to ensure that the correct amount of sound is reaching your ears. The greatest determining factor in the patient’s success with their hearing aids is how well the hearing aids are fit to their unique hearing loss prescription.
Real Ear Measurements are tests in which you wear your hearing aids while also using special probe microphone tubes and a nearby speaker plays a series of sounds. The microphone of the hearing aid amplifies the sounds and the probe microphone tube picks up that amplified sound and transmits it to a display on your audiologist’s computer screen.
This allows the audiologist to view precise sound levels and make adjustments to the hearing aid settings so you can hear to the best of your ability. The test can be run over and over again until the hearing aids are fit to your prescription. These adjustments make a huge difference in how satisfied you will be with the performance of your hearing aids.
You want your hearing aid to sound “just right”. Too much sound can result in distortion and discomfort, while too little sound can seem as though you are not receiving any benefit. Without REMs, many hearing aid wearers grow frustrated with the performance of their hearing aids.
Studies have shown that the programming formula most hearing aid manufacturers use is less accurate than hearing aid wearers would like. One size does not fit all. That’s why you need an REM expert to achieve a superior listening experience with a custom fit, however, only about one third of all hearing professionals perform Real Ear Measurement tests.
This means there are many hearing aid wearers that are not hearing their best. The use of REMs also lowers the number of repeat visits to your audiologist’s office to troubleshoot problems. We want our patients to be fully satisfied. At Hear Now, we believe in the importance of REMs to provide our patients with the best hearing care possible.
Just like fingerprints, ears vary from person to person and you need your audiologist to use Real Ear Measurements to make sure your hearing aids are programmed to your unique hearing loss prescription. Hear Now Audiology & Tinnitus Center uses Best Practices, including REMs, to ensure the best hearing aid fit for your hearing loss.