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Real-Ear Testing Alpharetta GA

Local resource for real-ear testing in Alpharetta, GA. 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.

Emory Audiology And Hearing
(888) 591-2106
4045 Johns Creek Pkwy Ste B
Suwanee, GA
Services
Cancer Care (Oncology)Dermatology (Skin Care) & Wound HealingEar, Nose and ThroatEye CareGeriatricsHeart and Vascular ServicesKidney Disease and DialysisMental HealthNeurology and NeurosurgeryOral SurgeryOrthopaedics, Spine Care, Sports MedicinePediatric SubspecialtiesPlastic and Cosmetic SurgeryPrimary CarePulmonary Care (Lung)Radiology and ImagingRehabilitation ServicesSurgeryTransplantTravel and Infectious DiseasesUrologyWeight Loss (Bariatrics)Women''s Health
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology HEARS PC
(888) 459-3959
6130 Southard Trce
Cumming, GA
Services
Our Services DIAGNOSTIC AUDIOLOGY Infants to Senior CitizensUNHS follow-upAudiologic EvaluationsTympanometryOAETinnitus Evaluation PEDIATRIC AUDIOLOGY Conditioned Play AudiometryVisual Reinforcement AudiometryOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)
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Sunday12:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Monday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Audiology Associates Of Georgia
(888) 709-3770
4145 Lawrenceville Hwy NW Ste 10A
Lilburn, GA
Services
Complete Audiological EvaluationsTympanometry and Acoustic Reflex TestingHearing Aid EvaluationsAdvanced Ear Mold Selection SkillsSwim Plugs, Musician Plugs, etc.Wide Selection of Hearing AidsHearing Aid AccessoriesAssistive Listening DevicesAmplified Telephones
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 ,Saturday10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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Hearing Doctors Of Georgia
(404) 492-6973
2789 Clairmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA
Services
Nearly 35 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. Research shows that untreated hearing loss can cause loss of income, isolation, frustration, and health related problems. The Better Hearing Institute is a nonprofit organization that reports each year on the negative effects of hearing loss and also on how successful today’s hearing aid technology is at correcting hearing loss.Hearing Doctors of Georgia are able to test hearing on any age person from birth to adult. Each of our office
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SundayClosed
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Atlanta Hearing Associates
(770) 574-4819
1713 Mt. Vernon Road, Suite 3
Atlanta, GA
Specialty
Hearing Aid Sales and Fitting, Diagnostic Hearing Tests, Tinnitus Treatment, Custom Ear Protection, Ear Wax Removal

Atlanta Hearing Doctor
(404) 418-6105
5885 Glenridge Dr NE Ste 200
Atlanta, GA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Atlanta Institute For ENT
(404) 418-6032
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE Ste 1280
Atlanta, GA
Services
Allergy TestingAllergy tests are used to determine the specific substances that cause an allergic reaction in an individual. They may also be used to determine if a group of symptoms is a true allergic reaction (involving antibodies and histamine release). Some food intolerances, in which there is an inability to digest a food because of lack of appropriate enzymes, mimic allergies. Some drugs, such as aspirin, can cause allergy-like symptoms but without the formation of antibodies or the releas
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SundayClosed
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Audiology At Home
(888) 314-6142
3939 Lavista Rd Ste E390
Tucker, GA
Services
* Audiological Assessment both on and off premises o Otoacoustic Emissions o Pure tone Audiometry o Speech Audiometry o Middle Ear Analysis * Hearing aid services and repairs * Hearing aid counseling * Aural Rehabilitation including the LACE program * Cerumen Management
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SundayClosed
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Mukund Raja MD
(770) 872-0124
475 Philip Blvd Ste 201
Lawrenceville, GA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Emory Audiology And Hearing
(888) 591-2106
4045 Johns Creek Pkwy Ste B
Suwanee, GA
Services
Cancer Care (Oncology)Dermatology (Skin Care) & Wound HealingEar, Nose and ThroatEye CareGeriatricsHeart and Vascular ServicesKidney Disease and DialysisMental HealthNeurology and NeurosurgeryOral SurgeryOrthopaedics, Spine Care, Sports MedicinePediatric SubspecialtiesPlastic and Cosmetic SurgeryPrimary CarePulmonary Care (Lung)Radiology and ImagingRehabilitation ServicesSurgeryTransplantTravel and Infectious DiseasesUrologyWeight Loss (Bariatrics)Women''s Health
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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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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