Live Speech Mapping
In the past, hearing evaluations and fittings for hearing aids consisted mostly of a series of beeps and noises. Today, hearing health professionals are equipped with much better technologies and methods to make the hearing evaluation process and hearing aid programming process a much easier and more enjoyable experience.
One of the more advanced technologies available is Live Speech Mapping (LSM), an exciting new method of fitting for hearing aids that is giving hearing aid users and families a much more positive experience. Live speech mapping makes fitting appointments more interactive and can reduce the number of office visits required for successful mapping.
What is Live Speech Mapping?
LSM is a fitting and verification method that is used to ensure that your hearing aids are programmed for your individual needs. With this method, probe microphones and live speech are used to distinguish differences in how you are able to hear human speech.
For your LSM 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. Most people prefer this method to a generic set of beeps and impersonal noises.
Your hearing health professional will have high-tech equipment that will allow you both to "see" your hearing being corrected real-time on a screen so that you can be fully engaged in the process. This allows both you and your family members to visualize and understand the difference a hearing aid can make in your hearing ability.
Benefits of Live Speech Mapping
Live speech mapping is known for it's accuracy. Other mapping and hearing evaluation methods often need tweaking before the hearing aid works perfectly for the user. LSM increases the chances that your hearing aid mapping will be done correctly on the first try.
LSM also creates a much 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 daily life. Both you and your family will be engaged in the fitting process, making it a joint affair.
If you have a hearing loss, you may not be able to fully understand what you can and cannot hear, and therefore 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.
Additional Benefits of LSM:
- Focuses on the important and basic function of being able to effectively hear human speech
- Engages both you and your family in the fitting process
- Provides immediate and tangible results
- Shown to increase 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 is truly a wonderful new technology for hearing care professionals, the hearing impaired, and their families alike. Contact your hearing care professionals to find out how LSM can provide you with a more enjoyable hearing aid mapping experience.