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Real-Ear Testing Bridgeport CT

Local resource for real-ear testing in Bridgeport, CT. 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.

Yale Hearing & Balance Center
(203) 445-6113
2526 Main Street
Stratford, CT
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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Sound ENT LLC
(203) 816-6474
965 White Plains Rd
Trumbull, CT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Care Associates, Inc.
(203) 654-7416
140 Broad St
Milford, CT
Services
Hearing Evaluation, Hearing Aid Fitting, Repairs and Service, Assistive Devices, Accessories
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:30 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment
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Robert L Weiss M.D.
(888) 429-0358
761 Main Ave Suite 101
Norwalk, CT
Hours
SundayClosed
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Yale Hearing & Balance Center
(203) 285-8513
800 Howard Ave Fl 4
New Haven, CT
Services
Yale Medical Group (YMG), we provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care in 160 specialties, with centers of excellence in such areas as organ transplantation, minimally invasive surgery and cancer. In many cases, our specialists collaborate to provide each patient with a carefully devised, individually tailored, multidisciplinary plan of treatment. Our physicians provide services both in New Haven and throughout the state
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Richard A. Levin, M.D.
(203) 844-0497
1305 Post Rd Ste 302
Fairfield, CT
Services
In additional to treating ear, nose and throat disorders, ENT of Fairfield also specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. This includes cosmetic surgery of the face and neck (facelifts and rhinoplasty), non-invasive cosmetic treatments such as Botox Cosmetic®, wrinkle fillers and laser treatments and reconstructive surgery for trauma. Our board certified pediatric and adult allergist offers allergy testing and treatment as well as asthma care and immunology evaluation. We
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ENT Specialists
(203) 844-0659
2600 Post Rd
Southport, CT
Services
OtolaryngologyPediatricHead & neck surgeryAllergyAudiology
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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New England Hearing Solutions
(203) 349-8108
830 Post Rd E Ste G1
Westport, CT
Services
At New England Hearing Solutions, we''ll give you one of the most comprehensive evaluations you will ever have. This is done to ensure the most accurate assessment possible. Some of our advanced testing methods include:Audiometric Test of Frequency Specific SensitivitySpeech Reception Test to pinpoint the lowest volume at which you can identify wordsWord Recognition Test to evaluate your hearing clarity for speechLoudness Tests to determine the range of sounds most comfortable to youOnce we comp
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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The Hearing Center, LLC
(203) 446-4530
149 Wakelee Ave
Ansonia, CT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Ear Nose and Throat Medical and Surgical Group, LLC
(203) 208-3470
46 Prince St Fl 6
New Haven, CT
Services
Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationHearing RehabilitationTinnitus Management and CounselingVestibular (Balance) Assessment and treatmentCochlear Implant Evaluation and treatmentComprehensive Otolaryngolic(ENT)Services
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
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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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