Live Speech Mapping

One of the more advanced technologies available for hearing aid programming is live speech mapping. In the past, hearing evaluations and fittings for hearing aids consisted mostly of a series of beeps and noises. Today, hearing specialists are equipped with new technologies and methods to make the hearing evaluation process and hearing aid programming process more effective. 

Live speech mapping is an exciting new method for fitting hearing aids that uses speech as a stimulus to help the specialist adjust the hearing aid to the right setting for the wearer. Live speech mapping makes fitting appointments more interactive and can reduce the number of office visits required for successful hearing aid programming.

What is live speech mapping?

Live speech mapping is a fitting and verification method that is used to ensure that your hearing aids are programmed for your individual needs. With this method, small microphones placed in the ear canal are used to distinguish differences in how you are able to hear speech through your hearing aids.

For your live speech mapping appointment, you will be asked to bring along a family member or close friend to act as the “gauge” in your ability to hear live voices.

At Apex Audiology, we have high-tech equipment that will allow our hearing specialists to “see” on a screen in real-time what you are hearing through your hearing aids. The results may also be displayed on a wall-mounted screen so that you can also see the adjustments and participate in the process. This allows both you and your family members to visualize and understand the differences that hearing aids can make in your hearing ability.

What are the benefits of live speech mapping?

Live speech mapping is known for its accuracy. Other mapping and hearing evaluation methods often need tweaking before the hearing aid works perfectly for the user. Live speech mapping, on the other hand, increases the chances that your hearing aid mapping will be done correctly on the first try.

Live speech mapping also creates a more positive fitting experience by allowing both you and your family to see the immediate results of your hearing aids and their positive impact on your daily life. You and your family will be engaged in the fitting process, making it a joint affair.

If you have hearing loss, you may not be able to understand fully what you can and cannot hear, and therefore, you may not understand everything you are missing. With this method, you will have the ability to hear the improvements immediately, and you will be shown exactly what you can and cannot hear in real-time.

Other additional benefits of live speech mapping include:

  • Focuses on the important and basic function of being able to hear human speech effectively. 
  • Engages both you and your family in the fitting process.
  • Provides immediate and tangible results.
  • Increases successful outcomes of fittings.
  • Increases your confidence and comfort in using your new hearing aids.
  • Provides more accurate programming of hearing aids.

Live Speech Mapping at Apex Audiology

Live speech mapping is a truly wonderful new technology for hearing specialists, hearing-impaired individuals, and their families. Contact Apex Audiology today at (719) 247-9000 to find out how live speech mapping could provide you with a more enjoyable hearing aid fitting experience. You may also schedule an appointment online.

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