In the past, hearing evaluations and fittings for hearing aids consisted mainly of beeps and noises. Today, new technologies and methods make the hearing evaluation and hearing aid fitting process more effective.
One of the more advanced approaches available is live speech mapping. This methodology uses speech as a stimulus to help the specialist customize your hearing aids. It also makes hearing aid fitting appointments more interactive and reduces required office visits for successful programming.
What Is Live Speech Mapping?
Live speech mapping is a verification method to ensure your hearing aids support your individual needs. Small microphones placed in the ear canal measure the response of the hearing aid in your ear, taking into account the natural and individual characteristics of your ear and your hearing loss. For a live speech mapping appointment, you will be asked to bring along a family member or close friend to “gauge” your ability to hear live voices.
Then, our professionals use high-tech equipment to “see” what you are hearing through your hearing aids on a screen in real-time. We display your results on a screen so you and
your companion can see the adjustments and actively participate in the process. This helps visually communicate the difference hearing aids can make!
The Benefits Of Live Speech Mapping
Live speech mapping is known for its accuracy; it increases the chances that your hearing aid programming is correct on the first try. Other hearing aid fitting may require additional adjustments.
This approach creates a more positive fitting experience by allowing you and your family to see the immediate results and positive impact of your hearing aids.
If you have hearing loss, you may not fully understand what you can and cannot hear. Therefore, you may not understand everything you are missing. With a speech map, you hear – and see – improvements in real-time.
Live Speech Mapping:
- Provides immediate and tangible results
- Is shown to increase successful outcomes of fittings
- Engages you and your family in the hearing aid fitting process
- Increases your confidence and comfort in using your new hearing aids
- Provides more accurate programming of hearing aids
- Reduces the number of return visits
Get Back to Your Favorite Sounds
Contact our SoundGate Hearing Team today. We’ll show you how live speech mapping helps make sure your hearing aids meet your individual needs.