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Real-Ear Testing Bellevue WA

Local resource for real-ear testing in Bellevue, WA. 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.

Audiology/Hear Center
(425) 502-5004
11511 NE 10th St
Bellevue, WA
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Group Health Cooperative, together with its subsidiary Group Health Options, Inc., operates in all or parts of 20 counties in Washington and two counties in North Idaho. In Washington, Group Health Cooperative offers coordinated-care plans for both groups and individuals; Clear Care®, our Medicare Advantage plans; and plans for residents who qualify for Healthy Options (Medicaid), Basic Health, and the State Children''s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP).Care is provided by Group Health Permanent
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Audiology/Hear Center
(206) 973-3345
304 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA
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Diagnostic and Rehabilitative ServicesAssistive listening and signaling devices.Wide array of inexpensive devices to assist in communication needs (television, telephone, alarm clocks, etc.)..Comprehensive Audiological EvaluationsA series of tests to determine hearing ability by air and bone conduction methods, speech identification and understandingCounseling and rehabilitation for patients and their familiesWe help you understand your hearing test results and their implications so that togethe
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Puget Sound Hearing & Balance
(206) 607-8656
9714 3rd Ave NE Ste 100
Seattle, WA
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Virginia Mason Clinic
(206) 395-2481
1100 9th Ave Mailstop X10-AU
Seattle, WA
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Safe care is great care. The best medical outcomes come from the safest environments. At Virginia Mason, ensuring the safest possible patient care is our most important goal. This means providing patient care that lives up to our vision of being the Quality Leader; it means patient safety is at the top of our list.Patient Safety as Our FoundationCaring for patients safely is the foundation for living up to VM''s vision of becoming the Quality Leader. That means zero defects in the care that is
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Audiosense Hearing LLC
(425) 336-4093
10573 SE Carr Road
Renton, WA
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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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Bellevue ENT
(425) 533-9375
1135 116th Ave NE Ste 165
Bellevue, WA
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# State of the Art office treatment for snoring# Comprehensive allergy screening and treatment# Voice evaluation with videostroboscopy# Comprehensive evaluation and surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea# Surgical treatment of the thyroid and parathyroid glands# Pediatric otolaryngology# Comprehensive ear care and audiology services# State of the art, image guided sinus surgery# Facial plastic surgery consultations# Botox injections for treatment of facial wrinkles# Surgical treatments fo
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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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Seattle Hearing And Bal-Sandra
(206) 607-8665
1600 E Jefferson St Ste 202
Seattle, WA
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Pediatric Hearing EvaluationsWe test the hearing of newborns through adolescence with a variety of testing techniques. Testing usually takes 45-60 minutes per child. * Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) is used for newborns through 6 months of age. ABR is an electroacoustic test which measures the response of the hearing (auditory) nerve. Sensors are placed on the child’s forehead and behind each ear and a small earphone is placed in the ear. Sounds will be played through the earphone an
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Eastside Audiology
(425) 358-4332
49 Front St N
Issaquah, WA
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Our ServicesWe are a preferred provider with most major insurance companies. Cash, check, and VISA or MasterCard are accepted. For financial assistance, we work with the Washington Assistive Technology Foundation (WATF) to obtain low-cost financing when needed. •Comprehensive hearing evaluations for adults and children of all ages•Complimentary hearing screenings•Hearing aid dispensing and evaluations•Assistive listening devices for special situations•Free demonstrations
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Northwest Vestibular Svcs PLLC
(206) 701-6952
418 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA
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South Seattle Otolaryngology
(206) 792-9324
16259 Sylvester Rd SW Ste 505
Burien, WA
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Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists, also known as Otolaryngologists, attend to disorders in the ears, nose and throat and associated areas of the neck and base of the skull. Our ENT surgeons have training in otolaryngology with additional specialized training in:Otology (Ear Specialty): * Ear tube placement (PET) * Surgery for chronic ear disease (Mastoidectomy) * Ear drum repair (Tympanoplasty) * Surgery for hearing restoration (Ossiculoplasty, Stapedectomy) * Cauliflower ear
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Insist on Real-Ear Testing

Answers to Your Questions about Hearing Loss Issues  

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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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