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Real-Ear Testing Bend OR

Local resource for real-ear testing in Bend, OR. 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.

Old Mill Audiology
(541) 647-2900
642 NW Arizona
Bend, OR
Hours
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 - 09:00 PM
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Central Oregon ENT
(541) 647-2897
2450 NE Mary Rose Pl Ste 120
Bend, OR
Services
Central Oregon Ear, Nose & Throat offers a full range of otolaryngology services. Otolaryngologists are specialists who treat conditions, diseases and disorders of the ear, face, head, neck, nose and throat. A common example is tonsil and adenoid surgery.Central Oregon Ear Nose & Throat doctors practice in all the subspecialties of otolaryngology: * Airway Management * Allergy * Facial Reconstructive Surgery * Head and Neck Cancer * Laryngology and Neurolaryngology (larynx and thr
Hours
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 - 09:00 PM
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Pacific Audiology Center
(503) 400-7073
120 Ramsgate Sq S Ste 100
Salem, OR
Services
Pacific Audiology Center provides diagnostic hearing evaluations to patients from birth to seniors. Our youngest patient was a premie that was technically not one day old yet. Our oldest patient is 106 years old. Pacicic Audiology provides full audiological care including, hearing testing, cerumen management and hearing aid fitting.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Mid-Valley Hearing Center
(541) 223-5097
950 29th Ave SW
Albany, OR
Services
Mid-Valley Hearing Center is a full service audiology clinic specializing in the treatment of hearing loss in children and adults. We provide the best hearing healthcare available, in a personal and caring atmosphere. Our Center offers comprehensive hearing services for all ages, including diagnostic audiologic evaluations for children and adults, hearing aid fittings for all ages, newborn hearing screening, and hearing evaluations for individuals with tinnitus, vertigo, and ear disease.We offer
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 - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Central Oregon Audiology
(541) 316-1098
527 NW Fir Ave
Redmond, OR
Services
Audiology Services * Audiometric testing * Balance disorder testing * Ear protection (custom molding) * Videonystagmography (VNG) testing * Full service hearing aid center * Hearing conservationOtology ServicesCentral Oregon Ear, Nose & Throat physicians offer medical and surgical treatment for diseases and disorders of the ear. Common problems we treat include: * Balance disorders * Conditions requiring reconstructive inner ear surgery * Middle ear infections (acute a
Hours
SundayClosed
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Central Oregon Audiology
(541) 647-2840
2698 NE Courtney Dr Ste 100
Bend, OR
Services
Audiology Services Identification of hearing impairment from birth through adulthood. Diagnostic evaluation for patients with tinnitus (ringing ears), to rule out middle ear disease or disorders/excessive noise exposure problems/cochlcar or retrocochlear lesions or disease. Diagnostics to rule out inner ear or vestibular disorders for patients with dizzy and balance concerns.Hearing conservation program for industry; both in clinic and in mobile test lab. Assessments to determine need for hearin
Hours
SundayClosed
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Central Oregon Audiology
(541) 316-1098
527 NW Fir Ave
Redmond, OR
Services
Audiology Services * Audiometric testing * Balance disorder testing * Ear protection (custom molding) * Videonystagmography (VNG) testing * Full service hearing aid center * Hearing conservationOtology ServicesCentral Oregon Ear, Nose & Throat physicians offer medical and surgical treatment for diseases and disorders of the ear. Common problems we treat include: * Balance disorders * Conditions requiring reconstructive inner ear surgery * Middle ear infections (acute a
Hours
SundayClosed
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Joyful Sound Hearing
(503) 400-7013
312 Main St
Dallas, OR
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology Associates Of
(541) 787-4311
1867 Williams Hwy Ste 105
Grants Pass, OR
Services
Diagnostic ServicesAudiologists perform measurements of the entire auditory system from the ear canal to the cortex (brain) to provide a comprehensive assessment of a patent''s auditory or balance system. In this manner the appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan can be initiated in order to resolve a patient''s concerns. The following procedures are included in the audiologists scope of practice; * Complete Diagnostic Audiology - Evaluates the status of the auditory system, revealing the de
Hours
SundayClosed
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Able Hearing (ablehearing.com)
(503) 928-3748
3443 SE 39th Ave
Portland, OR
Services
Hearing frustrations relieved. Full service dispensing, fitting, evaluating, counseling. Full service repair. Ear molds. Parts,accessories and repairs. Otoscopy and tympanometry.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 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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