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Real-Ear Testing Asheville NC

Local resource for real-ear testing in Asheville, NC. 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.

WNC Hearing Aid Svcs
(828) 484-4301
63 Monticello Rd
Weaverville, NC
Services
Hearing Testing for determination of hearing aid eligibility Occupational Hearing Testing Counseling involving Hearing Aid amplification Referral Source to Otolarghinologists Sales and Service of most major brands of hearing aids Minor repairs done in office Cleaning & Adjustments Assistive listening devices Batteries & other consumables Speciality Hearing Devices Availibility in all of Western North Carolina
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Asheville Audiology Services
(828) 277-5677
900 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC
Specialty
Audiologist

Piedmont Hearing and Balance Center
(704) 253-4323
707 Bryant St
Statesville, NC
Services
In order to serve all of your hearing needs, during and after your assessment, Piedmont Hearing and Balance Center provides a full range of benefits at no additional cost to you. Our goal is to provide the best in care and service to make your experience as satisfying as possible.We offer:**A 60 Day evaluation period. We will earn your trust by giving you the opportunity to evaluate your new hearing instruments in your everyday environment. Working with you, our skilled audiologist will help fin
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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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Exela Hearing Services LLC
(704) 323-5318
817 East Morehead St Ste 200
Charlotte, NC
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Carolina Audiology
(704) 445-7660
751 S Laurel St
Lincolnton, NC
Services
We provide a broad range of medical services, and care routinely for:Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat Head and Neck Surgery Center, P.A * Pediatric ear, nose, and throat disease * Voice and reflux disorders * Ear disease and hearing disorders * Sinus and nasal disease * Snoring and sleep apnea * Thyroid disorders * Head and neck cancer Carolina Audiology Clinic * Functional and neurologic hearing disorders * Vestibular/Balance disorders * Hearing AidsCarolina Sinus and A
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mark A. Kenzik, M.A. CCC- A
(828) 490-4754
1727 Brevard Rd
Hendersonville, NC
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Hearing & Audiology Services
(919) 747-4682
305 Dartmouth Rd
Raleigh, NC
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Wilmington Hearing Specialists
(910) 338-2905
3909 Wrightsville Ave # 110
Wilmington, NC
Services
Home What We Do Who We Are How To See Us Contact UsHearing TestingAuditory Processing EvaluationsBalance EvaluationsHearing Aid Evaluations, Fittings and Aural Rehabilitation
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Wake Aud & Hrg Aid Assoc PLLC
(919) 728-9652
1954 S Main St
Wake Forest, NC
Services
* Adult and Pediatric Hearing Evaluations * Speech In Noise tests * Tinnitus Evaluations * Tympanometry/Acoustic Reflexes * Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) * Hearing Aids in all styles and technologies * Batteries and Accessories * Treatment for Benign Positional Vertigo (BPPV) * Assistive Listening and Alerting Devices * Amplified telephones * Industrial audiograms * School and employment audiograms * Hearing protection (custom & stock) * Musician''s earplugs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Care Svcs. Inc.
(919) 283-5715
1515 W Nc Highway 54 Ste 100
Durham, NC
Services
Complete Audiological / Hearing Evaluations by a Dr. of Audiology, 30 day trial period on all hearing aids, Full service repairs on most hearing aid makes & models. We specialize in helping you determine the best style & technology for your hearing loss and listening needs. We are a participating provider with most insurances and part of the Blue Cross Blue SHield Audio Blue Program.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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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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