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Real-Ear Testing Akron OH

Local resource for real-ear testing in Akron, OH. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to real-ear testing, audiologists, hearing loss treatment, tinnitus treatment, and hearing aids, as well as advice and content on hearing loss, conditions of the ear, and hearing problems.

University of Akron
(330) 752-6753
225 South Main Street Room 181
Akron, OH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Family Hearing and Balance Center.com
(330) 752-6743
2800 S Arlington Rd Ste 102
Akron, OH
Services
Audiological EvaluationsTinnitus Evaluation & TheraphyBalance TestingEar Molds: Swim molds & Custom-made noise protection earmoldsHearing AidsHearing Evaluations
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Kent State University
(888) 459-3711
1325 Theatre Drive Room A104 Music & Speech Bldg
Kent, OH
Services
The Speech and Hearing Clinic provides a broad range of services for people of all ages with hearing and language impairments. The full-service clinic diagnoses speech and hearing disorders, and provides therapy and treatment. The clinic also fits, distributes and repairs hearing aids.
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Ohio ENT Associates
(330) 357-5019
6693 N Chestnut St Ste 215
Ravenna, OH
Services
Allergies and hay fever, cholesteatoma, earaches, ear tubes, hearing loss, nosebleeds, perforated eardrum, swallowing disorders, swimmer''s ear, thyroid, tinnitus, tonsils and adenoids, sinusitis, sleep, snoring, sinus, voice, skin care.
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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All- Ears Hearing Center
(330) 784-5111
530 Canton Road
Akron, OH
Specialty
Hearing Aids Sales & Service
Gender
male and female
Education
International
Associated Hospitals
Ohio Hearing Alliance
Professional Memberships
Board Certified

Akron Ent Hearing Service
(330) 752-6740
395 E Market St
Akron, OH
Services
OUR SERVICESHearing Aids (Digital, Programmable, and Standard)Hearing Aid RepairHearing Aid CleaningBatteriesVestibular Rehabilitation TherapySwim PlugsMusician PlugsHearing ProtectionCustom products for cell phone useAssistive Listening DevicesTESTINGComprehensive Hearing EvaluationsBalance/Vestibular AssessmentBrainstem Evoked Response AudiometryCentral Auditory Processing AssessmentTinnitus Assessment
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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S.J. Steinberger MD and Bruce Sterman MD
(330) 752-6736
2708 Crawfis Blvd
Fairlawn, OH
Services
Adult and pediatric ear, nose and throat. Facial plastic surgery. Hearing evaluations and hearing aid services
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Robinson Memorial Hospital
(330) 357-5017
6847 N Chestnut St
Ravenna, OH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Hear Inc
(330) 409-4061
2416 Whipple Ave NW
Canton, OH
Services
* Audiometry: audiometric tests determine a patient''s hearing levels with the help of an audiometer, but may also measure ability to discriminate between different sound intensities, recognize pitch, or distinguish speech from background noise. Acoustic reflex and otoacostic emissions may also be measured. Results of audiometric tests are used to diagnose hearing loss or diseases of the ear.* Tympanomotry: is a test used to detect disorders of the middle ear by measuring your ear''s responses
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Affordable Hearing Aids
(330) 784-5111
Eastgate "Eller" Plaza
Akron, OH
Specialty
Hearing Aid Repair, Sales and Service
Gender
all
Professional Memberships
State of Ohio Licensed Dealer / Fitter of Hearing Aids

Insist on Real-Ear Testing

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November 23, 2005: 7:27 pm: Dr. Neil Hearing Aids

Insist on Real-Ear Testing

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

One of the reasons many people are not happy with their new hearing aids is because their hearing aids have not been properly adjusted to fit their specific hearing losses.

Often, the audiologist or hearing aid dispenser adjusts your hearing aids according to the manufacturer’s fitting algorithm for your hearing loss. Unfortunately, this algorithm does not necessarily reflect the hearing prescription you really need.

If your audiologist does not do “real-ear testing”, she will never know whether or not your hearing aids are set up properly for your ears.

With real-ear testing, your audiologist puts a tiny microphone into your ear canal, then inserts your hearing aid. A computer runs some automatic tests and the results are shown on the screen.

The output shows both a graph of what your prescription should be, and what your hearing aids are really putting out. Now your audiologist can see what she needs to “tweak” in your hearing aids to properly give you the amplification you need at each of the speech frequencies.

How important is this? Consider this. A recent study using one hearing aid manufacturer’s fitting algorithm was compared with the results of real ear testing. The shocking results show that less than 12% of the time were the results judged to be “clinically similar” when comparing the manufacturer’s values to the actual real-ear measurements.

Nancy Aarts, Ph.D., the author of this study asserts:

This study suggests that adult hearing aid fitting protocols should include the use of actual real-ear probe-microphone measures to verify hearing aid fittings. Reliance on [the manufacturer's protocols] may result in insufficient output of most hearing aid users, as well as over-amplification of high level inputs for some hearing aid users.

What this means is that if you want to know that your hearing aids are fitted properly, you need to insist on having real-ear testing. If your audiologist doesn’t do real-ear testing, find one that does. It’s that important.

The above study was reported in the article “The Accuracy and Clinical Usefulness of Manufacturer-Predicted REAR Values in Adult Hearing Aid Fittings” The Hearing Review. November, 2005.)

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