Best practice, happier patients

At Auditdata we are committed to supporting the audiology profession with continued innovation that delivers simple solutions to their daily needs.

We have spoken here before about the effect on patient satisfaction that best practice fitting of hearing aids delivers.

A new double-blinded study at Washington University, St Louis undertaken by Michael Valente, PhD and his colleagues confirms that 4 out of 5 patients prefer programmed hearing aid fittings that utilise REMs as opposed to first-fit hearing aids.

Valente et al. concluded that

“Using a first-fit alone without reprogramming using REM is fitting hearing aids blindly and not determining whether the patient is being provided appropriate audibility for soft and average speech…

The audiologist or hearing aid dispenser can never be certain if he/she appropriately fits the patient without using REM.” (1)

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Almost 80% preference

The results of the study speak for themselves and further bolster the case for using REMs in your fitting process. The study showed that 79% of the participants preferred the programmed hearing aid fittings using REM versus a simple first-fit strategy.

Better outcomes

The programmed fit using REMs provided users with an average of 15% better word recognition, and an improvement of 7.7% phenomes at 50 dB SPL and 4% at 65 dB SPL. Interestingly, the REM strategy also provided a significant (4.2%) improvement in background noise, based on the APHAB.

Several studies have been undertaken that show that simple first-fit strategy for hearing aids under-amplify high frequencies.(2), (3). This under amplification, directly affects speech recognition and patient satisfaction with their hearing aids.

Better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction drive commercial success

This study further validates the findings of the MarkeTrak VIII report, that clearly showed best practice hearing care has a definitive effect on patient satisfaction. Better outcomes for patients mean better results for your business and will drive your commercial success.

Shaping our offering

It is evident to us that best practice protocols are the route to continued success for the private hearing healthcare profession. In Primus, we offer a simple to use integrated tool for you to undertake best practice protocols easily.

We understand that time is money in any commercial practice and our REM and Speech Mapping solutions are designed to fit comfortably within your workflow. We have planned them to be undertaken quickly, to facilitate your workflow, not get in the way of it.

Best practices make sense

All of the evidence points to the fact that best practice fitting of hearing aids makes sense for hearing care professionals. With Primus, you have a cost-effective tool that will help you to increase patient satisfaction and drive your commercial success.

(1). Valente M, Oeding K, Brockmeyer A, Smith S, Kallogjeri D. Differences in word and phenome recognition in quiet, sentence recognition in noise, and subjective outcomes between manufacturer first-fit and hearing aids programmed to NAL-NL2 using real-ear measures. J Am Acad Audiol. 2018;29(8):706-721. Doi: 10.3766/jaaa.17005
(2). The Accuracy and Clinical Usefulness of Manufacturer-Predicted REAR Values in Adult Hearing Aid Fittings. http://www.hearingreview.com/2005/11/the-accuracy-and-clinical-usefulness-of-manufacturer-predicted-rear-values-in-adult-hearing-aid-fittings/
(3). Hearing Aid Programming Practices in Oregon: Fitting Errors and Real Ear Measurements. http://www.hearingreview.com/2017/06/hearing-aid-programming-practices-oregon-fitting-errors-real-ear-measurements/

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