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Real-Ear Testing Anchorage AK

Local resource for real-ear testing in Anchorage, AK. 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.

Anchorage Audiology Clinic
(888) 857-2903
3730 Rhone Cir Ste 104
Anchorage, AK
Services
Diagnostic EvaluationsHearing Aid EvaluationsHearing Aid Fittings, Repairs, Service and SuppliesCustome Earmolds, Swim Plugs, Hearing Protection
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Alaska Speech & Hearing Clinic
(866) 422-7265
2401 E 42nd Street Suite 101
Anchorage, AK
Services
Speech / Language EvaluationHearing EvaluationSpeech TherapyCochlear Implant TherapyOccupational TherapyIndividual and Group TherapyFeeding TherapyAuditory Processing Disorders Asberger SyndromeAutism Cleft and Repaired PaletesDown SyndromeDelayed SpeechLanguage DisordersVoice Output Device Consults Voice Output Device TrainingDiagnostic hearing evaluationsHearing device evaluations and dispensingHearing device repair/serviceHearing Aid supplies including batteries Assistive listening devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Anchorage Audiology Clinic
(888) 857-2903
3730 Rhone Cir Ste 104
Anchorage, AK
Services
Diagnostic EvaluationsHearing Aid EvaluationsHearing Aid Fittings, Repairs, Service and SuppliesCustome Earmolds, Swim Plugs, Hearing Protection
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Northern Hearing Services Inc
(888) 365-7025
4200 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 302
Anchorage, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but: * History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surg
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
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Michels Paul MD
(907) 929-7209
3820 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 106
Anchorage, AK
 
Northern Hearing Services Inc
(888) 365-7025
4200 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 302
Anchorage, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but: * History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surg
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
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Alaska Speech & Hearing Clinic
(866) 422-7265
2401 E 42nd Street Suite 101
Anchorage, AK
Services
Speech / Language EvaluationHearing EvaluationSpeech TherapyCochlear Implant TherapyOccupational TherapyIndividual and Group TherapyFeeding TherapyAuditory Processing Disorders Asberger SyndromeAutism Cleft and Repaired PaletesDown SyndromeDelayed SpeechLanguage DisordersVoice Output Device Consults Voice Output Device TrainingDiagnostic hearing evaluationsHearing device evaluations and dispensingHearing device repair/serviceHearing Aid supplies including batteries Assistive listening devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

The Hearing Center
(888) 905-6463
9095 Glacier Hwy Ste 103
Juneau, AK
Services
We provide comprehensive hearing health-care services including hearing assessments, education, and hearing aid sales and service.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Northern Hearing Services
(888) 838-5049
935 Westpoin Dr Ste 101
Wasilla, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but:History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surgeries
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

McGuire David A MD
(907) 562-4142
4100 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 320
Anchorage, AK
 

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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