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Real-Ear Testing Boca Raton FL

Local resource for real-ear testing in Boca Raton, FL. 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.

Neuro-Audiology Consultants
(561) 404-5811
7301A W Palmetto Park Rd Ste 305A
Boca Raton, FL
Services
hearing aid services,diagnostic testing services, auditory processing, tinnitus
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
Payment
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Boca RAton ENT Associates
(561) 404-5932
660 Glades Rd Ste 400
Boca Raton, FL
Services
Audiologic EvaluationAmplificationAssistive Listening DevicesABR/ECoGVNG testingBPPV treatment
Hours
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
Payment
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Hearing Partners Of South Florida
(561) 404-1269
4731 W Atlantic Ave Ste B-20
Delray Beach, FL
Services
Comprehensive hearing evaluations for children and adults Hearing instrument selection and fittings Repairs of all makes of instruments Comprehensive Balance Evaluations (ENG, VNG) Comprehensive neurological evaluations (ABR) Assistive listening devices (such as amplified telephones and wireless TV headphones) Hearing protection devices including musicians’ ear plugs Custom made swim molds Tinnitus Evaluation Aural Rehabilitation
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Insurance

Coconut Creek Physicians
(954) 633-8656
3880 Coconut Creek Pkwy Ste 100
Coconut Creek, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Bethesda Healthcare System
(561) 327-7024
2623 S Seacrest Blvd Lower Level #10
Boynton Beach, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Labyrinth Audiology
(561) 404-5769
1500 NW 10th Ave Suite 104
Boca Raton, FL
Services
Assistive equipment on hand for demonstration and trialAssistive listening devicesAural rehabilitaion servicesComplete line of hearing aidsCounsellingOnce you have told us your problems and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements: Which ear has a problem hearing?Evaluation by hearing specialistsEvoked PotentialsFollow-up CareOnce your hearing aids have been fitted to your
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center
(561) 404-5812
7072 Beracasa Way
Boca Raton, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Audiology Associates of
(954) 840-8012
5411 N University Dr Ste 102
Coral Springs, FL
Services
Diagnostic Services Pure Tone Audiometry (Standard Hearing Test)This test determines the level at which a person detects sound at different frequencies. Speech Discrimination TestingThis test determines how well speech is understood. This test is very helpful in determining if problems exist beyond the hearing nerve and gives insight as to how well hearing aids can help. Immittance TestingThis procedure evaluates middle ear function by assessing how well the eardrum and middle ear bones move. Th
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology Consultants Of Boynton Beach (HearFlorida)
(561) 327-6343
7593 Boynton Beach Blvd Ste 160
Boynton Beach, FL
Services
At every HearFlorida Hearing Loss Center, we examine every aspect of your hearing loss and your listening environment to recommend the best style and technology of hearing device most appropriate for you. We offer a wide variety of the latest digital hearing aids and popular brands such as Siemens, Unitron, Starkey, Phonak, Widex, Vivatone, Lyric, Oticon, Rexton, and Resound. All hearing devices have a 75-day satisfaction period
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
Payment
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South Florida ENT
(954) 654-7918
3079 East Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Tuesday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Wednesday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Thursday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Friday08:45 AM - 03:45 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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