>if you read my last message, this will explain why I was so dismayed at
>one of the interviews I had...
>being a recent graduate (2 years experience), I have never fit hearing
>aids without the aid of a real ear system. I recently interviewed for
>a job where the ENT would expect me to do just that. Quite frankly, it
>was enough to make me almost decide not to take the job on the spot.
>Then, I thought about it and wondered if I was being o'er hasty.
>How 'bout it gang? What's the vote on the real ear? can't live without
>it? nice, but not essential?
>I'm just plain, darn ignorant about how to even go about fitting aids
>without real ear other than to go by what the person says/complains about
>and putting them in the booth and doing soundfield aided and unaided.
>I asked this ENT if he was going to purchase a real ear system and his
>response was that "my other audiologists have never asked me for one."
>I'm wondering if I'd be better off delivering pizzas...(THIS IS A JOKE)
>Thanks in advance for any and all comments...
I have never fit an aid using real ear. I have never found it necessary to
have a machine verify a fit. I (stupidly, I guess) just ask the patient and
use my knowledge and experience to guide me in helping her complaint.
BTW, my return rate is less than 6%.