Evidence-Based Best Practices
At Elevate Audiology, we take your audiology care seriously. We listen to the research and follow evidence-based practices to the best of our abilities to improve patient outcomes.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Best Practices recommendation:
1. Develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
2. Use a patient-focused “income” measure.
3. Use meaningful clinical tests (additional recorded speech measurements & QuickSIN).
4. Establish patient-specific treatment goals.
5. Select hearing aid features on the basis of the treatment goals, not the audiogram (part of our Communication Needs Assessment).
6. Verify the hearing aid performance parameters with test box and probe microphone measures (REM).
7. Validate your treatment plan.
8. Evaluate for and prescribe hearing assistive technology, as appropriate.
9. Itemize your fees.
10. Provide postfitting audiologic rehabilitation services.
Real Ear Measurements
There is substantial evidence indicating patient benefit, outcomes, and satisfaction improve when real ear measures are part of the treatment plan and fitting process. Typically performed on the day of fitting of hearing aids, this critical objective measurement merges the patient’s hearing test results with their ear canal shape and size and the scientifically-prescribed hearing aid algorithm. As the measurements are running, the audiologist makes programming adjustments and/or changes how the devices are couple to the ear.
Unfortunately, only 20% of audiologists and fewer (if any) hearing aid sales people perform real ear measurements. A proper hearing aid fitting is not complete without this critical measurement.