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Real-Ear Testing Avon Lake OH

Local resource for real-ear testing in Avon Lake, OH. 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.

Cleveland Clinic Westlake
(440) 249-7013
30033 Clemens Rd Fl 3
Westlake, OH
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(440) 580-4339
16761 Southpark Ctr
Strongsville, OH
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Hill Hear Better
(513) 437-0497
8250 Winton Rd Ste 300
Cincinnati, OH
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Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance with OSHA guidelines.
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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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Miami University of Ohio
(513) 273-4653
301 S Patterson Ave Rm 2 Bachelor Hall
Oxford, OH
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SUMMER LANGUAGE GROUP FOR PRESCHOOLERS: A program designed to enhance children''s speech, language, and emergent literacy skills in a social context. Click on the underlined link for further information. 2010 Summer ProgramDiagnostic testing and treatment for communication disorders including:Speech and LanguageArticulation/Phonological Disorders – characterized by omitting a sound, substituting one sound for another, distorting a sound, or overall poor intelligibility of speechAcquired
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hillcrest Hearing Aids
(937) 410-4674
369 W 1st St Ste 406
Dayton, OH
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Hillcrest Hearing Aids is located within the same office space as Southwest Ohio ENT Specialists. A physician is usually available to assist us in providing whatever service may be necessary for your complete hearing health care.Hearing Evaluation,Latest Technology Available in Hearing Aids,Most Insurance Plans Accepted,Patient-Family Counseling,The Kooser Program,Repairs,Assistive Listening Devices,Earplugs
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(440) 328-4942
5700 Cooper Foster Park Rd W
Lorain, OH
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The Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute brings together more than 30 medical, surgical and research specialists to offer patients the full range of aesthetic, reconstructive and dermatologic procedures. Dermatologists and/or plastic surgeons practice at 11 locations throughout Northeast Ohio.
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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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Hetsko Audiology, Inc.
(440) 776-8424
224 W Lorain St Ste D
Oberlin, OH
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Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationsUsing state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, Oberlin Hearing Care is Lorain County''s premier hearing assessment and hearing aid dispensing facility. We provide comprehensive hearing evaluations for children (5 years and older) and adults. From video-otoscopy to otoacoustic emissions, we''ll evaluate and define your hearing problem completely and provide solutions for treatment and remediation.Hearing Aid Selection and FittingOberlin Hearing Care was the firs
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(440) 580-4339
16761 Southpark Ctr
Strongsville, OH
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(216) 245-4615
26900 Cedar Rd Ste 315 S
Beachwood, OH
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(216) 586-3132
5001 Rockside Rd
Independence, OH
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AnesthesiologyCancer (Taussig)Children''s HospitalDermatology & Plastic SurgeryDigestive DiseaseEndocrinology & MetabolismGenomic MedicineHead & NeckHeart & Vascular (Miller Family)Medicine/Family Health CentersNeurologicalObGyn & Women''s HealthOphthalmology (Cole Eye)Orthopaedics & RheumatologyRespiratorySurgeryUrology & Kidneys (Glickman)Wellness
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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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