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Real-Ear Testing Binghamton NY

Local resource for real-ear testing in Binghamton, NY. 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.

Lawson''s Hearing Center
(607) 323-4065
57 Front Street
Binghamton, NY
Services
Hearing Aids & Hearing Screening
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 ,Friday10:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Family Audiology Services
(607) 323-4054
800 Hooper Rd Ste 370
Endicott, NY
Services
For individuals with hearing loss, habilitative services and devices are available. Family Audiology works with several hearing aid manufacturers in order to continue to provide the latest in digital hearing aid technology. The audiologists work with their patients throughout the diagnostic, selection, orientation, and follow-up stages to ensure the most appropriate and comfortable hearing aid fit.Hearing aids come in many types and sizes, with a wide variety of features. Just which is best for
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hebrew Home For The Aged
(718) 690-9530
5901 Palisade Ave
Bronx, NY
Services
Living at Home • ElderServe Social Day Program• ElderServe Medical Model Day or Night Care• ElderServe Long Term Home Care Services• ElderServe Licensed Home Care Services• TelemedicineShort Term Stays• Respite / Vacation Stay• Rehab / Post-Acute CareSenior Housing• River WalkResidential Long Term Nursing• Enriched Residential• Traditional Nursing• Special NeedsSpecial Programs• Care Management• Palliative Care / Hospice / Comfort
Hours
SundayClosed
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Bronxville Hearing Center
(914) 202-4225
1 Stone Pl Ste 203
Bronxville, NY
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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John Weigand Audiology PC
(718) 475-6975
450 Clarkson Ave PO Box 126
Brooklyn, NY
Services
John Weigand Audiology PC,an affiliate of Audio Help Associates, provides a full range of audiology services customized to your individual needs. Our hearing experts have the knowledge and technologies to help prevent, diagnose and rehabilitate hearing loss or dizziness that is not medically-treatable. In many cases, our professionals work collaboratively with your primary care provider, otolaryngologist or neurologist to identify the root of your symptoms as well as the steps necessary to lead
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
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Riverside Audiology
(607) 323-4062
15 Riverside Dr Ste 1
Johnson City, NY
Services
Hearing Evaluations, hearing aid dispensing and repairs, custom earmolds for hearing protection (including musician''s earplugs), swimming, and ipods/mp3 players
Hours
SundayClosed ,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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Clifton Springs Hearing Center
(888) 524-9506
4 Coulter Rd
Clifton Springs, NY
Services
Hearing Evaluation •Hearing Assessment via air and bone conduction pure tone Audiometry•Speech Audiometry including threshold measurement and word discrimination testing.•Industrial Audiometric Screening Programs•Ototoxic Monitoring via Audiometry Middle Ear Assessment •Diagnostic Teympanometry Acoustic Immittance Testing•Acoustic Reflex Threshold & Decay Testing •Middle Ear Resonance Measurement Electrophysiological Testing •Auditory Brainstem Response
Hours
SundayClosed
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J Waligora Audiology
(315) 849-4530
6700 Kirkville Rd Ste 107
East Syracuse, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Franziska Racker Centers Inc.
(607) 216-4147
1001 W Seneca St Ste 100
Ithaca, NY
Services
Audiology ClinicAutism TrainingEarly Childhood ServicesSchool Age ServicesAdult ServicesResources for Family
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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New York Hearing Services
(888) 446-7806
425 W 59th St Fl 10 All Suites
New York, NY
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SundayClosed
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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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