I believe a thorough testing protocol is the only way to get the complete picture of your hearing difficulties. The protocol includes:
It takes all of these tests together to give me the best information so that I can give you the most realistic expectations with your hearing system.
I will clean just about any make of hearing aid at no charge.
I have access to almost any manufacturer, so I should be able to hook your hearing aids up to the computer to help fine tune them or even help them match a newer, updated hearing test.
I have an otoscope that is attached to a big computer monitor, so YOU can see how your ear canal and eardrum look. If there is wax, I can show you where and how much. If there is a possible infection, I can show you what I am talking about so you can talk to your physician about it.
REM uses a probe tube inserted in your ear to measure how the hearing aid is working in regards to your specific graph of hearing, taking into account the size and shape of each individual ear canal.
LSM uses a probe tube as well, but allows me to test how you hear a certain loved one with the hearing aids in.
For example, if your spouse has a very quiet voice, we can have her talk to you with the hearing aids in and actually fine-tune a special program to possibly hear their voice better.
It is also a very good counselling tool to demonstrate how certain voices are heard (or not heard) with your particular graph of hearing.