If you are in the process of purchasing a hearing aid, it is crucial to understand the importance of a knowledgeable and trustworthy provider that has your best interests at heart. We recommend seeing an Audiologist skilled in diagnosing hearing loss and fitting hearing aids.
No matter the cost of the device, a hearing aid will only work as well as the programming performed by your hearing provider. The only way to verify a hearing aid is programmed correctly for your specific hearing loss and ear anatomy is by performing Real Ear Verification.
Real Ear Verification takes into account your hearing exam results, input from you during your visit as well as input from a family member or loved one that may have accompanied you during the exam.
If Real Ear Verification is not performed, your devices may not be working as well as they should be.
Every person’s ear canal size and shape is different, this significantly impacts hearing and can result in either over-amplification or under-amplification if diagnosed improperly.
How Real Ear Verification Works
After checking your ears, we place a small tube in your ear canal close to the eardrum, then place your hearing aids back in your ears playing sounds that measure and verify your hearing aids are working properly.
We also verify the separation between soft, average, and loud sounds. Soft sounds should sound soft, loud sounds should sound loud, but not uncomfortable.
Real Ear Verification is the Gold Standard of Hearing Aid Fittings
For more information, you can reach Dr. Sarah Brady via email at SarahBrady@AudiologyofSouthpoint.com.