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Real-Ear Testing Ballston Spa NY

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Saratoga Springs Hrg.
(518) 633-1147
414 Maple Ave Ste 800
Saratoga Springs, NY
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sunny View Hospital
(518) 557-8836
3757 Carman Rd
Schenectady, NY
Adult Day ServicesEddy DayBreak is an innovative adult day service that helps improve quality of life for seniors who still live independently in the community, or who are cared for by family members.DayBreak programs offer a full range of health and social services to help older adults with physical, emotional, or mental impairments, or who require supervision and/or medical care. Services enable older adults to remain independent for as long as possible, while allowing caregivers relief from t
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Listeners Choice
(518) 620-4266
4 Harvard Ave
Amsterdam, NY
An audiometric evaluation (AE) is the term used to describe a diagnostic hearing test. An AE is more than just pressing the button when you hear a beep. Rather, an audiometric evaluation allows the audiologist to determine the type and degree of your hearing loss and it indicates how well (or how poorly) you understand speech in quiet and in noisy backgrounds. Speech sounds are the most important sounds we hear and the ability to understand speech is extremely important. Your ability to hear a
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Hearing Care Resources, LLC
(518) 580-0080
12 Mountain Ledge Drive
Wilton, NY
Audiology and Hearing Aids
Professional Memberships
Board Certified Doctor of Audiology

New York Hearing Services
(888) 446-7806
425 W 59th St Fl 10 All Suites
New York, NY
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SunnyView Hearing Center
(518) 631-5920
1270 Belmont Ave
Schenectady, NY
Advanced state of the art hearing aids.Comprehensive hearing evaluations for patients of all ages.Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) evaluations.Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing.Central Auditory Processing (CAP) evaluations.Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Center
(518) 638-4186
135 North Rd
Gansevoort, NY
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The Hearing Doctor
(518) 620-4316
4755 State Highway 30 Ste 6
Amsterdam, NY
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Center
(516) 629-5182
1163 Willis Ave
Albertson, NY
Advanced Hearing Center''s experienced and caring professionals are dedicated to helping you hear well. We are a modern NY audiologist office with an old-fashioned commitment to quality care and personalized service. Our focus is on improving the quality of life of those with hearing loss and those around them. We understand the frustration, anger, and fear that a hearing loss can cause and we can help.
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Maico Hearing Aid Service
(315) 849-4843
1001 Vine St
Liverpool, NY
Our ServicesComprehensive hearing evaluations for adults and childrenHearing aid sales to include several major brands of digital technologyHearing aid service and repairCustom noise plugs, swim molds, musician ear plugs, and earmoldsHearing aid batteries and accessories
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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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