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Real-Ear Testing Bellingham WA

Local resource for real-ear testing in Bellingham, 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.

Spencer Audiology Clinic Inc
(360) 312-4772
1000 McKenzie Ave Ste 12
Bellingham, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
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All About Hearing Inc
(360) 419-4486
218 E. Rio Vista
Burlington, WA
Services
FREE Demonstration of Oticon Agil hearing aids!Free Hearing Test and ConsultationFree Listening Demo - Try aids at home and work with no risk. Complete line of hearing devicesSpecialty earmolds - I-Pod, Noisebrakers, Sleep plugs0% financing availableL&I claims started and servicedMost major insurances accepted
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Northwest Vestibular Svcs PLLC
(206) 701-6952
418 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Island Family Hearing Clinic
(888) 451-8981
1690 Layton Rd
Freeland, WA
Services
60-day Money Back Guarantee With Every Hearing Aid Purchase, Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations, Free Hearing Aid Cleanings and Checks, Free Hearing Aid Consultation,Full Range of Hearing Aid Technologies Available, Hearing Aid Options Available for All Hearing Needs and Budget Considerations, Hearing Aid Sales and Service, Most Insurances and Credit Cards Accepted
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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South Seattle Otolaryngology
(206) 792-9324
16259 Sylvester Rd SW Ste 505
Burien, WA
Services
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
Hours
SundayClosed
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Advanced Audiology LLC
(360) 312-7261
902 N State St Ste 102
Bellingham, WA
Services
Try to have your hearing evaluated by an Audiologist. Audiologists generally are the most knowledgeable of the practioners that evaluate and fit hearing aids. -Testimony to the Special Senate Committee on Aging, September 15, 1993 by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Try to have your hearing evaluated by an Audiologist. Audiologists generally are the most knowledgeable of the practioners that evaluate and fit hearing aids. -Testimony to the Special Senate Committee on Aging, Se
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Sunday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Eastside Audiology
(425) 358-4332
49 Front St N
Issaquah, WA
Services
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
Hours
SundayClosed
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Huston Hearing
(509) 651-5066
9211 E Mission Ave Ste G
Spokane Valley, WA
Services
Hearing exams, Sells , service of all brands, repairs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Stanwood Camano Hearing Center
(360) 654-4307
7359 267th St NW Ste A
Stanwood, WA
Services
Hearing EvaluationsYou will be seen by licensed hearing professionals - audiologists and hearing instrument specialists with the experience to serve your needs. These hearing professionals are knowledgeable in the fitting of the latest diagnostic equipment, procedures, and amplification technology to help identify the best hearing aid or treatment method suitable for your hearing and communication needs.
Hours
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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Kitsap Audiology
(360) 362-4403
2601 Cherry Ave Ste 211
Bremerton, WA
Hours
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 - 02:00 PM ,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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