Few people would doubt the level of precision that is required to be a Marine Corps Scout Sniper. If you ignore basic fundamentals of marksmanship or make one error in your calculations, you can miss your target completely.
This analogy may seem like a bit of a reach in relation to fitting hearing aids as an Audiologist, but the same principles apply. Research consistently reminds us of a fundamental procedure that must be performed with high-levels of precision when programming hearing aids for maximum benefit. This procedure is known as Real Ear Measurement.
Verifying Hearing Aid Fitting with Real Ear Measures
Real Ear Measurement is a verification procedure that measures if your hearing aids are programmed correctly to your hearing loss prescription. Without performing Real Ear Measurement, hearing care providers have no idea if your hearing aids are programmed properly for your level of hearing loss.
If you would like to know more about Real Ear Measures and why they are so critical for receiving benefit with hearing aids, check out my video:
Clifford Olson is a Doctor of Audiology and Founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Anthem Arizona. He served as a Marine Corps Scout Sniper during his time in the military which introduced him to the profession of Audiology. He also posts informational videos on his YouTube Channel – DrCliffAuD – to educate consumers on hearing healthcare.