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If you are looking for a hearing aid in Worcester, MA, you can count on a truly personalized experience when you visit Hearing & Balance Centers of New England. Our Worcester hearing doctors want your hearing aid experience to be optimized for your best hearing clarity, physical comfort, and cognitive function.
The manufacturer-recommended settings for hearing aids are issued with the average hearing aid user – and average ear acoustics – in mind. This means that an average degree of hearing loss is addressed in each hearing aid’s software settings. While these standard settings may satisfy the needs of many hearing aid users, they often do not take into account the hearing situation and individual ear acoustics specific to each patient.
That’s why at Hearing & Balance Centers of New England, we offer custom-fit hearing aid services for our patients. When you visit our Worcester audiologists, we carefully evaluate your hearing needs and perform adjustments to fit your unique needs. We also perform a systematic program of probe-microphone testing and verification with our Verifit2 technology by Audioscan. This process ensures that your individualized optimum settings are accurate and precise.
When hearing devices are shipped from a manufacturer, the software settings are set up with no specific users involved: they are estimated to be most advantageous for the proprietary construction of the hearing device.
When audiologists fit hearing devices to patients, the factory setting is usually changed at the doctor’s discretion, or at a setting typical for new hearing-loss patients. In effect, no real ear testing or verification takes place. However, at Hearing & Balance Centers of New England, we go one step further than most.
Real-ear probe-microphone verification plays a huge role in establishing precise settings that are most beneficial to the specific wearer of a hearing device. The tremendous advantage of real-ear measurements is that it allows your audiologist to evaluate your hearing while you are actually wearing the device.
The first step in the real-ear method is to measure the size and shape of your ear canal to full comprehend the acoustic parameters. Then, using a small microphone inserted in the ear canal, your audiologist introduces a sound which is detected by the microphone. That specific sound detection is then compared to what the microphone senses without the hearing aid in place. From this comparison, through repetitive trial and error, this method of comparison guarantees that the most effective software setting is selected to fit your specific degree of hearing loss.
Call our Worcester hearing center for a complete hearing test and assessment. Find out for yourself what a difference real-world hearing customization can make.
Come experience Hearing & Balance Centers of New England! Learn how we can help you with a hearing aid in Worcester, MA. The journey to your best hearing experience begins today!