Many dispensing audiologists have both a real ear measurement (REM) system and a hearing aid test box. With the exception of pediatric audiologists who use the test box to perform “simulated” REM, the test box is seldom (if ever) used. I have visited facilities and opened the test box only to find lots of dust and dozens of old batteries and paper clips inside. This situation is understandable, because many of these systems only provide for the standard “ANSI” hearing instrument test battery. One is expected to run this battery of tests with the hearing aid gain turned up and the compression and noise reduction features switched off. The results are then supposed to be compared to the results of the same test battery that was performed on the hearing instrument at the factory. Almost all dispensers find this very cumbersome and time consuming with little practical application in the “real world.”
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