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134 W. University, #203, Rochester, MI 48307




Live Speech Mapping

In the past, hearing evaluations and fittings for hearing aids consisted mostly of a series of tones and noises. Today, audiologists are equipped with new technologies and methods to make the hearing evaluation process and hearing aid programming process far more effective.

One of the more advanced technologies available is live speech mapping. This exciting new method of fitting hearing aids uses speech as a stimulus to help the specialist adjust hearing aids to the right settings for each wearer. Live speech mapping makes fitting appointments more interactive and can reduce the number of office visits required for successful hearing aid fine-tuning.

What is Live Speech Mapping?

Live speech mapping is a fitting and verification method that is used to ensure that your hearing devices are programmed for your individual needs. With this method, small microphones placed in the ear canal are used to ensure that your hearing instruments are programmed to produce the correct amount of targeted amplification.

We utilize high-tech equipment that allows our hearing professionals to “see” what you are hearing through your hearing aids on a screen in real-time. You are able to see the adjustments and participate in the process. This allows both you and your family members to visualize and understand the differences that hearing aids can make in your hearing ability.

Benefits of Live Speech Mapping

Live speech mapping is known for its accuracy. Other mapping and hearing evaluation methods use strange sounding structured noises to test the hearing aid system and often need tweaking before the hearing aid works perfectly. Live speech mapping increases the chances that your hearing aid programming will be done correctly on the first visit by using sounds that you, the user will hear every day: speech!

Live speech mapping also creates a much more positive fitting experience by allowing both you and your family to see the immediate results of your hearing aids. Both you and your family can be engaged in the fitting process.
If you have hearing loss, you may not be fully aware of what you can and cannot hear, and you may not know what you are missing. With speech mapping, you will have the ability to see and hear the improvements immediately, and you will be shown exactly what you can and cannot hear in real-time.

Additional Benefits of Live Speech Mapping:

  • Focuses on the essential function of being able to effectively hear human speech
  • Engages both you and your loved ones 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 audiologists, the hearing-impaired individual, and their families alike. Contact us today to find out how live speech mapping can provide you with a more enjoyable hearing aid experience.