Q. How long does it take to obtain a hearing instrument?
A. Once the earmold impression is sent to the manufacturer, a finished hearing instrument arrives in 7 to 10 business days. A rush delivery of 48 to 72 hours can be acquired for a small additional fee from most manufacturers.
Hearing Instrument Fitting Questions
Q. What happens at the hearing instrument fitting appointment?
A. The fitting appointment typically requires 60 minutes. At this appointment, your new hearing instruments will be programmed for your hearing loss and your lifestyle. The audiologist will also perform an REM (real ear measurement). The REM is an extremely important part of the fitting. It allows the audiologist to accurately fit the frequency response of the hearing instruments to the user’s ear.
Q. What is the importance of the REM?
A. All hearing instruments are designed to be most effective with a frequency response (to simplify - the bass and treble settings) based on the type, degree and configuration of the hearing loss and the technology within the hearing instruments. The problem that arises is that each ear has its own unique physical characteristics which influence the frequency response. A smaller ear canal will increase the power of a hearing instrument (which results in uncomfortably loud amplification) and a larger ear canal will decrease the power of a hearing instrument (which results in unusually quiet amplification). An REM will precisely measure the power created or deleted by your unique ear canal characteristics allowing the audiologist the opportunity to precisely correct for it with the hearing instrument software. Simply stated, without an REM you may not acquire the most effective benefits of amplification and you may be unsatisfied with your hearing instruments.