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Real-Ear Testing Ann Arbor MI

Local resource for real-ear testing in Ann Arbor, MI. 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.

Mosa Audiological Services
(888) 430-0195
Reichert Health Building 5333 Mcauley Drive Ste 2016
Ann Arbor, MI
Services
Assistive Listening DevicesAssistive listening devices, including amplified telephones and wireless transmitters provide additional help when needed. We also provide telecoil (T-coil) systems for homes, auditoriums, classrooms, meeting rooms and similar large spaces.Ear molds & customized protective devicesMany individuals work in loud environments, ranging from manufacturing plants to recording studios. We provide customized hearing protection devices, including ear molds, designed to achieve a
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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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Fluke Hearing Instruments
(734) 418-0895
4025 Carpenter Rd
Ypsilanti, MI
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hug Center For Hearing
(734) 259-4073
705 S Main St Ste 101
Plymouth, MI
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Personalized Hearing Care
(248) 782-6314
321 Pettibone St Ste 105
South Lyon, MI
Services
At Personalized Hearing Care, we offer the following services to our patients: * Comprehensive Hearing Tests * Middle Ear Testing/Tympanometry * Hearing Aid Evaluations * Digital Hearing Aids * Hearing Aid Repair (most brands) * Custom Earmolds * Swim Plugs * Noise Protection Devices * Musician Ear Plugs * Assistive Listening Devices * Counseling and EducationAs part of our hearing care services at Personalized Hearing Care of Westland, Michigan we can fit you wi
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Personalized Hearing Care, Inc
(734) 629-4076
35337 Warren Rd
Westland, MI
Services
At Personalized Hearing Care, we offer the following services to our patients: * Comprehensive Hearing Tests * Middle Ear Testing/Tympanometry * Hearing Aid Evaluations * Digital Hearing Aids * Hearing Aid Repair (most brands) * Custom Earmolds * Swim Plugs * Noise Protection Devices * Musician Ear Plugs * Assistive Listening Devices * Counseling and EducationAs part of our hearing care services at Personalized Hearing Care of Westland, Michigan we can fit you wi
Hours
Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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OConnor Hearing Center
(734) 418-8992
203 S Zeeb Rd Ste 207
Ann Arbor, MI
Services
Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsO’Connor Hearing Center provides Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations which includes obtaining a case history, performing Otoscopy; Immittance Testing; Air Conduction Testing; Bone Conduction Testing; Speech Testing. Acoustic testing of hearing sensitivity thresholds, performed in a sound booth, via an audiometer to determine current hearing levels.Hearing Aid EvaluationsUsing results of a recent (within six months) diagnostic hearing evaluation, our Audiologist wil
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SundayClosed
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Mosa Audiological Services
(734) 508-3111
420 W Russell St Ste 101
Saline, MI
Services
Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies Your health care provider may request certain hearing evaluations and assessments. Based on your individual needs, among the tests that may be performed by MOSA Audiology are:
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SundayClosed
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Mosa Audiological Services
(734) 629-4981
1600 S Canton Center Rd Ste 350
Canton, MI
Services
Assistive Listening DevicesAssistive listening devices, including amplified telephones and wireless transmitters provide additional help when needed. We also provide telecoil (T-coil) systems for homes, auditoriums, classrooms, meeting rooms and similar large spaces.Ear molds & customized protective devicesMany individuals work in loud environments, ranging from manufacturing plants to recording studios. We provide customized hearing protection devices, including ear molds, designed to achieve a
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Mosa Audiological Services
(734) 385-7486
14650 Old Hwy US 12 Ste 304
Chelsea, MI
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Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Mosa Audiology
(810) 355-2637
2305 Genoa Business Park Dr Suite 160
Brighton, MI
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Our Services Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies
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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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