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Real-Ear Testing Annapolis MD

Local resource for real-ear testing in Annapolis, MD. 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.

ENTAA Care
(410) 881-0149
621 Ridgely Ave Ste 403
Annapolis, MD
Services
Asthma and AllergyALLERGY SERVICES FOR ADULT AND CHILDREN INLCUDE DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF:Asthma Allergic Rhinitis (nasal allergies) Allergic diseases of the skin Food allergies Stinging insect allergies Drug hypersensitivity Latex hypersensitivity Anesthesia hypersesitivityAudiology/HearingENTAA CARE''S AUDIOLOGY DEPARTMENT PROVIDES A COMPLETE RANGE OF AUDIOLOGIC SERVICES INCLUDING:Comprehensive hearing examinations and consultationsDispensing, adjusting, programming, and repairi
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Chesapeake Hearing Centers
(410) 881-0146
580 Ritchie Hwy Ste I
Severna Park, MD
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. Competent hearing care by audiologistsConvenient care close to your homeState-of-the-art facilitiesWe participate with most insurance plans including medicareAll styles of hearing aidsAll technologies, including digitalMulti-Microphone noise suppression circuitsA variety of price ranges Repairs, batteries and assistive devicesVisa, MasterCard, DiscoverTrial periods with refunds o
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SundayClosed
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Bowie Hearing Center
(301) 850-1236
3233 Superior Ln Ste B2
Bowie, MD
Services
* Comprehensive Hearing Test Evaluations *Tinnitus Evaluations and Treatment * The Latest Digital Hearing Aid Technology * Assistive Listening Devices * Custom Musician and Noise Protection Earplugs * Hearing Aid Accessories and More
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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
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Hearing Solutions Audiology Center
(410) 774-0874
1413 Annapolis Rd Ste 104
Odenton, MD
Services
ADVANCED HEARING HEALTHCARE WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH.Hearing tests and hearing aids for all ages. Same Day Treatment Options Available. We determine the best hearing insturments for you based on results from your audiological evaluation, as well as your listening needs and your amplification goals. Give us the oppotunity to impress you.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,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
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Advanced Audiology Group
(410) 648-2211
7310 Ritchie Hwy Ste 316
Glen Burnie, MD
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SundayClosed ,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
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Hearing Aid Associates
(410) 881-0145
2002 Medical Pkwy Ste 230
Annapolis, MD
Services
* Hearing Aid Evaluations * Digital and Conventional Hearing Aids * Hearing Aid Fittings, adjustments and follow-up care * On-site repairs * FM Systems * Assistive Listening DevicesOther Services * Custom hearing protection * Custom musician’s plugs * Custom musician in-ear-monitors * Hearing care supplies
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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ENTAA Care
(410) 774-4696
1132 Annapolis Rd Ste 105
Odenton, MD
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Professionals Inc.
(301) 850-1218
4000 Mitchellville Rd Ste A202
Bowie, MD
Services
Hearing aids alone may not provide adequate assistance in all situations. As a supplement to hearing aids, a selection of assistive listening devices are available such as Amplified Telephones TV Ears Alarm Clocks with Shakers Pocket Talkers Doorbell Signalers Smoke detectors In addition, wireless FM and Bluetooth connectivity is also available for some televisions, telephones, cell phones, MP3 Players and computers. For more information on connectivity for your Bluetooth compatible hearing aids
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SundayClosed
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ENTAA Care
(410) 881-0101
203 Hospital Dr Ste 200
Glen Burnie, MD
Services
Asthma Allergic Rhinitis (nasal allergies) Allergic diseases of the skin Food allergies Stinging insect allergies Drug hypersensitivity Latex hypersensitivity Anesthesia hypersesitivity •Comprehensive hearing examinations and consultations •Dispensing, adjusting, programming, and repairing of traditional and digital hearing aids •Tests for dizziness and ear noises (tinnitis)•Central Auditory Processing evaluations •Custom ear plugs?Swim Plugs ?Noise Protection Plugs ?Mus
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Assessment Center
(410) 670-7236
9101 Franklin Square Dr Ste 305
Baltimore, MD
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* Audiological Evaluation * Hearing Aid Evaluation and Despensing * Hearing Aid Testing and Repair * Real-ear measurements * Tympanometry * Acoustic Reflexes * Auditory Brain Stem Response * Central Auditory Processing Testing # Otoacoustic Emissions Testing# Dizziness evaluation/ENG/VNG# Electrochochleography# Preschool hearing evaluations# Earwax (cerumen) removal# Tinnitus evaluations and recommendations# Infant hearing screenings and follow-up# Sedated ABR at St. Jose
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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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