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Real-Ear Testing Albany NY

Local resource for real-ear testing in Albany, NY. 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.

Albany Medical Center
(518) 312-4975
43 New Scotland Ave Mail Code 154
Albany, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Aid Centers
(518) 320-7162
1540 Central Ave
Albany, NY
Services
Advanced Hearing Aid Centers Offers:•Repair service on all makes and models•Discounted pricing on batteries•Imagine technology - mini sized hearing aids•NuEar hearing aids
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Audiologic Solutions LLC
(518) 203-2389
2 Empire Dr Ste 204
Rensselaer, NY
Services
Audiologic Solutions offers a full range of hearing services, including: diagnostic testing, treatment, pre-employment hearing testing, tinnitus retraining therapy, custom hearing protection, swim plugs, musicians plugs, assisitive listening devices, hearing aids including Oticon, Sonic Innovations, Phonak, Vivatone, Siemens, Widex and Resound, batteries, and repairs.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
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Sunny View Hospital
(518) 557-8836
3757 Carman Rd
Schenectady, NY
Services
Adult Day ServicesEddy DayBreak is an innovative adult day service that helps improve quality of life for seniors who still live independently in the community, or who are cared for by family members.DayBreak programs offer a full range of health and social services to help older adults with physical, emotional, or mental impairments, or who require supervision and/or medical care. Services enable older adults to remain independent for as long as possible, while allowing caregivers relief from t
Hours
SundayClosed
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Capital Region Ear Institute
(518) 439-4326
1220 New Scotland Road
Albany, NY
Specialty
Hearing and Balance Disorders, Vertigo, Acoustic Neuroma, Tinnitus, Cochlear
Education
Columbia University, NY; House Ear Institute Fellowship, CA
Associated Hospitals
St. Peters Hospital, Albany Medical Center, Saratoga Hospital

University Ear, Nose & Throat
(518) 708-6216
35 Hackett Blvd
Albany, NY
Services
Hearing Loss - Audiology Hearing Aids Custom Hearing Protection and Swim MoldsCochlear ImplantsHearing & Balance Disorders - Otology/Neurotology TinnitusAcoustic Neuroma Dizziness / Meniere''s Disease Hearing lossNasal & Sinus Disorders - Rhinology Chronic nose bleeds (epistaxis) Deviated septum Nasal obstruction Sinus disease Pediatric Otolaryngology Airway Obstruction Cochlear implants Ear infections / Ear tubes Excessive Drooling Hearing loss Neck Masses Nose bleeds (epistaxis) Sinusitis Spee
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Saint Peters Hospital
(518) 618-4844
1240 New Scotland Rd Ste 100
Slingerlands, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Madison Hearing Center
(518) 708-6133
1547 Columbia Tpke Ste 1
Castleton On Hudson, NY
Services
Our Rehabilitative Services? Tinnitus and retraining therapy? The Capital Region’s only Life’s SoundSuites, using a virtual reality theater toevaluate hearing aid performance indifferent listening situations? Full service hearing instrumentmaintenance and repair on all makes andmodels? Ear mold impressions for hearing devices,swim plugs, noise protection,musicians’filters, cell phones, and music players? Assistive Listening Devices (amplifiedtelephones, neck loops for t-coil ai
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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SunnyView Hearing Center
(518) 631-5920
1270 Belmont Ave
Schenectady, NY
Services
Advanced state of the art hearing aids.Comprehensive hearing evaluations for patients of all ages.Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) evaluations.Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing.Central Auditory Processing (CAP) evaluations.Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Buffalo Hearing And
(716) 239-4784
50 E North St Attn: Tracey Reynolds
Buffalo, NY
Services
Early Childhood ProgramAbout ECPThe Early Childhood Program provides evaluations and treatment for children with special needs, from birth to age five. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child''s speech, language or motor development, please feel free to contact our Early Childhood Program. We will gladly provide you with information that will aide you in determining if your child needs help and educate you on the appropriate steps to take to receive services. Please call us at (71
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SundayClosed
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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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