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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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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(216) 586-3164
9500 Euclid Ave Desk A-71
Cleveland, OH
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Kenwood Hearing Center
(419) 740-7159
3450 W Central Ave Ste 134
Toledo, OH
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Kenwood Hearing Center understands that this is your healthcare and will work with you to arrive at the best treatment for your needs. There is no one perfect solution for everyone. Each patient''s needs and desires will be examined on an individual basis.Protecting your hearing today and through your lifetime is equally as important as rehabilitating hearing loss. We provide a full range of products and services designed to protect you from the acoustic traumas of today’s world.Hearing Sc
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J. K. Hearing Center
(440) 969-6410
170 Huntington Trail
Cortland, OH
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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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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Goebel Hearing Center
(888) 459-5974
46 N Mulberry St
Chillicothe, OH
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As the kind and degree of hearing loss varies from person to person and even sometimes from ear to ear, there are different hearing instrument models which are tailored to specific hearing losses. Goebel can help you decide which option is right for your personal needs. * Hearing Aid Sales & Service * Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations by a Board Certified, Licensed Clinical Audiologist * Hearing Aid Repairs * Hearing Aid Batteries * Assistive Listening Dev
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Family Audiology Associates
(888) 682-2107
950 S Main St Ste 4
Celina, OH
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# Hearing Evaluations for Newborns, Children& Adults# Hearing Aid Fitting & Repair# Dizziness/Imbalance Testing & Rehabilitation# Tinnitus Evaluations & Coping Consultations# Auditory Brainstem Evoked Response Testing# Assistive Listening Devices# Custom-made hearing protection for occupational noise, outdoorsmen and musicians# Custom-made earmolds for swimmers, cell phone users, iPod, MP3 player users, motorcyclists, boaters, and hunters
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Anderson Ent, Inc.
(513) 457-4549
7691 5 Mile Rd Ste 215
Cincinnati, OH
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 08:30 AM by Appointment ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 10:30 AM by Appointment ,Thursday02:00 PM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,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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