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Real-Ear Testing Appleton WI

Local resource for real-ear testing in Appleton, WI. 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.

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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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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Audiology & Hearing Services
(920) 486-4170
2245 S Oneida St
Appleton, WI
Services
Hearing aid evaluation and consultation
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SundayClosed
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Medical College Of Wisconsin
(414) 501-4301
3365 S 103rd St Rm 210
Milwaukee, WI
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Approximately 1,200 Medical College of Wisconsin physicians provide adult patient care as the Medical College Physicians and pediatric patient care through Children’s Specialty Group, a joint venture with Children’s Hospital and Health System. The Medical College of Wisconsin physician practice includes doctors in every specialty and subspecialty of medicine.Each year, Medical College of Wisconsin physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and psychologists care for more
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Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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University Of WI Madison
(608) 433-0014
1975 Willow Dr
Madison, WI
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SundayClosed
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About Better Care Audiology
(920) 268-4574
West 3124 Van Roy Road
Appleton, WI
Services
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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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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Aurora Elkhorn
(262) 607-8118
20 N Church St
Elkhorn, WI
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Aurora Advanced
(262) 293-2150
N 84W 16889 Menomonee Ave
Menomonee Falls, WI
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SundayClosed
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Insist on Real-Ear Testing

Answers to Your Questions about Hearing Loss Issues  

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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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