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Real-Ear Testing Birmingham AL

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Alabama Dept Of Voc Rehab Svc
(205) 413-8858
236 Goodwin Crest Dr Bldg 2
Birmingham, AL
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Services * Alabama''s Early Intervention System ( AEIS ) * Children''s Rehabilitation Service ( CRS ) * Vocational Rehabilitation Service ( VRS ) * State of Alabama Independent Living / Homebound Service ( SAIL ) Unique in the nation, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is comprised of state and federal programs that provide a continuum of services from birth through life for Alabamians with disabilities. ADRS has four major programs:Alabama''s Early Intervention Syste
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Birmingham Speech & Hearing
(205) 413-8830
4 Office Park Circle Ste 301
Birmingham, AL
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Doctors Hearing Clinic
(334) 239-3447
7025 Halcyon Park Dr Ste A
Montgomery, AL
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North Alabama Audiology
(256) 513-6788
117 Longwood Dr Sw Ste A
Huntsville, AL
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Hearing LossIdentification, assessment and treatment of hearing impairment.Hearing AidsFitting and orientation of hearing aids.Assistive Living Devices (ALDs)Introduction of assistive devices such as telephone amplifiers, TV Ears, and alerting devices for the home.Ear MoldsCustom ear plugs for swimming and noise protection.Hearing Aid RepairsFactory repairs on most makes and models of hearing devices.
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Birmingham Speech & Hearing
(205) 413-8830
4 Office Park Circle Ste 301
Birmingham, AL
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Hear Lab
(205) 413-8806
1651 Independence Court Ste 151
Homewood, AL
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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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Speech & Hearing Center
(251) 295-9315
5721 USA Drive N Room 1119
Mobile, AL
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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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Adult Vocational
(251) 725-9892
1050 Government St
Mobile, AL
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Earfinity
(888) 707-6249
201 Whitesport Dr SW
Huntsville, AL
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Getting an initial evaluation won''t cost a thing. You will have a screening audiometric evaluation which covers important areas not always evaluated in other screenings which will allow Earfinity to point you in the right direction.With discounts from the best hearing aid vendors you will have an opportunity to obtain the state of the art devices for very competitive prices. You will be told if a less expensive hearing aid will work just as well for you considering your type of hearing loss and
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Hear Lab
(205) 413-8806
1651 Independence Court Ste 151
Homewood, AL
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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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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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