It’s not your fault. Really, it’s not. No one ever told you that a hearing care provider is not doing his job when he attaches your brand new hearing aids to a computer and programs them without performing speech mapping or real ear. Sure, it looks like he’s doing his job. It seems like he knows what he’s doing as he taps away at the keyboard and asks you questions about what you’re hearing.
But he’s not doing his job. He’s leaving out what Consumer Reports has called a “must have” and what the American Academy of Audiology has considered a best practice for years now. In the simplest of terms, if he doesn’t measure what the hearing aid is doing via real ear or speech mapping, he doesn’t know what it’s doing. And if you, the patient, don’t get this procedure then you are very likely to have hearing aids that don’t perform the way they should.Why should you pay for hearing aids that don’t perform?