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Local resource for real-ear testing in Boulder, CO. 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.

Boulder Community Hospital
(303) 857-5339
1100 Balsam Ave Audiology Dept
Boulder, CO
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Family Hearing Center
(303) 731-1334
3059 Walnut St
Boulder, CO
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Boulder County Gold---Best Hearing Aid Provider 2010-Diagnostic Audiological Evaluations-Hearing Aid Evaluations-Hearing Aid Fitting and Dedicated Follow-up-Repair and Remake of All Hearing Aid Makes and Models-Wax Removal-Hearing Aid Batteries-Assistive Listening Devices-Ear/Swim/Musician Plugs-Education on Individual Hearing Needs-Aural Rehabilitation and Family Counseling-Tinnitus TherapyIf you have questions/concerns that aren''t covered above, give us a call and we''ll see what we can do to
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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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Hearing Rehabilitation Center
(303) 532-5816
2350 17th Ave Ste 102
Longmont, CO
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Our expert staff of Audiologists at Hearing Rehab Center provide hearing healthcare services. These include Hearing Testing, Dispensing of Digital Hearing Aids, Hearing Aid Checks & Servicing and Assistive Listening Devices.
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Longmont Hearing Center
(303) 857-5653
1146 Francis St
Longmont, CO
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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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Hearing Rehabilitation Center
(303) 731-2534
7850 Vance Dr Ste 195
Arvada, CO
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Hearing TestingDispensing of Digital Hearing AidsHearing Aid Checks and ServicingAssistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
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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 PM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 02:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Boulder Valley Hearing Center
(303) 731-2539
4745 Arapahoe Ave Ste 130
Boulder, CO
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Family Hearing Center
(303) 731-2529
2770 Arapahoe Rd
Lafayette, CO
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Sunday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Family Hearing Center
(303) 731-2564
300 Nickel St
Broomfield, CO
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Hearing Loss is complex. Each person has a different auditory sensitivity and personal preference for the world of sound. Both the diagnostic aspect of the hearing assessment and the rehabilitative component should honor your individual needs.If you or a loved one has a hearing problem, you need to be confident that the provider of services and products is technically skilled and personally concerned. New Digital Hearing Aid products are capable of remarkable acoustical performance, but they dem
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 AM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Rehabilitation Center
(303) 835-3598
11654 Huron St Ste 110
Northglenn, CO
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Hearing Testing, Dispensing of Digital Hearing Aids, Hearing Aid Checks & Servicing and Assistive Listening Devices.
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Doctor''s Hearing Care
(303) 500-3177
3352 Youngfield Street Suite B
Wheat Ridge, CO
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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 - 02:30 PM
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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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