Fitting hearing aids without real ear.

gandalf at infi.net gandalf at infi.net
Thu Nov 20 21:02:31 EST 1997


Nonsense. Use your brain. Do not be  a technician or a meter reader.

Michael

>Dear Susan,

>Unlike Michael, I have been using real ear since 1984.  I do not think
>you can adequately fit conventional hearing aids without it. When
>fitting 2 channel programmable WBDR hearing aids it greatly helps the
>audiologist to see the effect of different input intensities in each
>channel after the CT (compression thresold) has been reached.  In
>addition we also assess functional gain with warble tones in the sound
>field. On every patient we administer one or all of these tests to back
>up the subjective comments the patient expresses to us about the
>functioning of the hearing aid.  Many times our initial adjustments will
>be changed based on these tests. So to answer your question: Yes, you
>should insist on the use of a real ear system.

>There is a ENT group practice opening up in Kissimee, Fine ENT's (my
>former students) who insist on quality and you would like working with
>them and Andrea Livingston. At the moment the main office is in Sebring.
>Do you have to stay in Miami?   Esta un poco frio in Orlando pero son
>buena gente, todos de Puerto Rico.

>Charlie





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