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Real-Ear Testing Bellevue NE

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University Of Nebraska Medical
(402) 206-2267
668 S 41st St General Supply Doc 2603
Omaha, NE
Services
AudiologyEar, Nose, Throat ClinicHead & Neck ClinicOral Facial Prosthetics/Dental Oncology Clinic
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Boys Town National Research
(402) 206-2673
555 N 30th St
Omaha, NE
Services
* Patient Services* • Surgery Center10* • Ear, Nose & Throat* • Pedia10/31/1956trics* • Orthopaedics* • Allergy, Asthma & Pulmonolgy* • Pediatric Gastroenterology* • Pediatric Ophthalmology* • International Adoption Clinic* • Craniofacial/Cleft Palate Clinic* • Cochlear Implant Center* • Hearing & Balance Center* • Clinical Studies Sign Up* • Sleep Disorders Center
Hours
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Glassman Hearing Aid Center
(402) 206-2904
12100 W Center Rd Ste 1205
Omaha, NE
Services
We have the technology to correctly identify your hearing aid needs. If you need a hearing device to hear better, we will provide close follow-up and post fitting care, and a guarantee of our work.Technology to correctly identify your problemThe first step on the road to better hearing begins by having your hearing tested. Most offices utilize only an audiometer to measure your hearing. At Glassman’s Hearing Aid Service you’ll find state of the art computers to evaluate, measure and
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Alegent Health Clinic, Ear Nose & Throat
(402) 575-9120
17030 Lakeside Hills Plz Ste 204
Omaha, NE
Services
complete audiometric evaluations - pediatric through geriatrichearing aid servicesreal ear measurementsbalance evaluations and treatmentauditory brainstem response testing
Hours
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

University Of Nebraska Medical
(402) 206-2267
668 S 41st St General Supply Doc 2603
Omaha, NE
Services
AudiologyEar, Nose, Throat ClinicHead & Neck ClinicOral Facial Prosthetics/Dental Oncology Clinic
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Midwest Precision Hearing Instruments
(402) 575-9128
6846 Pacific St Ste 102
Omaha, NE
Services
Hearing tests.Hearing Aid salesHearing Aid repairs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic
(712) 587-9304
320 McKenzie Ave Ste 202
Council Bluffs, IA
Services
Balance and vestibular evaluationsHearing evaluations for infants, children and adultsHearing aid dispensingAssistive listening devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Boys Town Med. Office
(402) 206-2751
14040 Boystown Road
Boys Town, NE
Services
If your child needs to see a doctor immediately during the evening, on weekends or holidays, Boys Town/Alegent Health Pediatric Express Care is conveniently located at Bergan Mercy Medical Center, 7500 Mercy Road, next to the emergency room.Because children’s needs are much different from adults, Boys Town Pediatrics works along side physicians in specialty medicine, who understand the unique needs of a growing child.Whether visiting for a routine checkup, an everyday illness or injury or
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Alternative Hearing
(402) 835-4030
1355 32nd Ave
Columbus, NE
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Glassman Hearing Aid Center
(402) 206-2904
12100 W Center Rd Ste 1205
Omaha, NE
Services
We have the technology to correctly identify your hearing aid needs. If you need a hearing device to hear better, we will provide close follow-up and post fitting care, and a guarantee of our work.Technology to correctly identify your problemThe first step on the road to better hearing begins by having your hearing tested. Most offices utilize only an audiometer to measure your hearing. At Glassman’s Hearing Aid Service you’ll find state of the art computers to evaluate, measure and
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

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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