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Real-Ear Testing Appleton WI

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About Better Care Audiology
(920) 268-4574
West 3124 Van Roy Road
Appleton, WI
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Our mission is to improve the quality of patients’ lives through high quality audiology diagnostics, counseling and recommendations that will make a difference in the lives of our patients. About Better Care Audiology specializes in auditory processing disorders, advanced digital hearing aids, and assistive listening devices.
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Audiology & Hearing Services
(920) 486-4170
2245 S Oneida St
Appleton, WI
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Hearing aid evaluation and consultation
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SundayClosed
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The Hearing Professionals
(262) 649-1348
2205 N Calhoun Rd
Brookfield, WI
Services
Puzzled about your hearing loss? The Hearing Professionals can help! With all the options you have for improving your hearing why take chances? We provide you with the best audiological services and care, and can help you understand the real differences between hearing aids. We believe there’s more to better hearing than just providing you with a hearing aid.Audiological EvaluationAn audiological evaluation consists of several different components: a case history, physical examination of t
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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
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WLF Hearing Program
(866) 913-8238
3834 County Road A
Rosholt, WI
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Sunday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,Monday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Friday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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Greater Milwaukee Otolaryng
(414) 375-0175
4600 W Loomis Rd Ste 201
Greenfield, WI
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Audiology ServicesOur AudiologistsTamiLeslie, Au.D. GretchenSackmann, Au.D.EllynSteininger, Au.D.Greater Milwaukee Otolaryngology (GMO) provides a wide range of services including Audiology. Our Audiologists diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders, offering the most advanced digital hearing aids.If you suspect you may have a hearing loss you should consider having your hearing tested. Our audiologists conduct a wide variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual’
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Affinity Medical Group
(920) 486-4172
1501 S Madison St
Appleton, WI
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Hearing is one of our most important senses, because it helps us communicate with the world around us. Hearing problems and balance disorders can negatively impact your quality of life, but Affinity Health System wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. Affinity’s Audiology department has locations in Oshkosh, Neenah and Appleton, so expert hearing care is right in your neighborhood.Areas of CareAffinity’s Audiology department cares for many types of hearing, balance and ear disorders, including:
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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ENT Specialists of Wisconsin
(920) 267-4171
855 N Westhaven Dr
Oshkosh, WI
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Our CommitmentWe promise to deliver the highest level of ear, nose and throat care in a dignified and compassionate manner thereby improving the quality of life for our patients.Put your trust in the team of physicians, audiologists and staff at Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Wisconsin serving the communities of Berlin, Menasha, Neenah, Oshkosh and Ripon.One in three people over the age of 60 have some degree of hearing loss. If you are finding it difficult to carry on a simple conversation
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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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Dean Health - Sun Prairie
(608) 318-4301
10 Tower Dr
Sun Prairie, WI
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SundayClosed
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ENT Associates
(888) 441-1251
2350 N Lake Dr Ste 406
Milwaukee, WI
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When surgery is required, our physicians use state-of-the-art surgical procedures. In fact, they were among the first physicians in South Texas to introduce the benefits of endoscopic sinus surgery to relieve chronic sinus problems. An outpatient procedure, it is an alternative to traditional sinus surgery which results in less pain and faster recovery.The physicians at Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi were also among the first in the Southwest to be specially trained in a breakt
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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The Monroe Clinic
(866) 859-2909
515 22nd Ave
Monroe, WI
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adult medicine (internal medicine)allergy & sinus careaudiology servicesbehavioral healthcardiologychildbirthdermatologydiabetes managementdialysis centerdigestive health (gastroenterology)ear, nose & throat (otorhinolaryngology)emergency/walk-in careemployer servicesendocrinologyfamily practicefastcarehome carehospicemedical imagingminor procedure cliniconcologyophthalmology & optometryorthopaedics & sports medicinepalliative carepediatrics & adolescent medicinepharmacyphysical & occupational t
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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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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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