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University At Buffalo Speech-
(716) 462-6592
52 Biomedical Education Bldg
Buffalo, NY
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United Business Media Limited is a leading global business media company. We focus on two principal business activities:the distribution, targeting and monitoring of news and information from the world’s top companies, organisations and agencies – UBM’s business in this market is PR Newswire;serving professional and commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery dealers, from farmers to pharmacists around the world with media products tha
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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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Evaluation Services of Buffalo
(716) 462-5087
4600 Main St Ste 201
Buffalo, NY
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The appointment for a comprehensive hearing evaluation begins with a complete hearing health history. The audiologist will then examine your ear canals to ensure they are clear of debris. Using either traditional headphones or insert earphones, the audiologist will perform testing to determine your level or threshold of hearing over a wide frequency range. A bone vibrator will then be placed behind your ear to help determine if any loss of hearing is due to a problem with the outer or middle ear
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 PM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Diversified Services
(716) 239-4795
2900 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY
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Lake Shore Audiology
(716) 608-3741
290 Center Rd
West Seneca, NY
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Services Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsThe audiometric evaluation consists of pure tone air and bone conduction testing. Testing pure tones is done to determine the degree of hearing loss and whether hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural. Speech audiometry is obtained to evaluate the individual’s ability to understand speech at an elevated comfortable volume. Speech discrimination is also tested to determine how much a person will understand when wearing hearing aids.Battery SalesCom
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Buffalo Hearing And
(716) 568-4253
5225 SHERIDAN DR
Buffalo, NY
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Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center offers the newest, most technologically advanced hearing aids available. Major brands are available in a variety of styles and sound quality. In-the-ear, behind-the-ear, canal, completely-in-the-canal, and open fit technology are available in all levels of digital sound.What does the hearing aid package include? * Highest quality care by a licensed Audiologist * Hearing aid evaluation * Hearing aid and hearing aid fitting * Orientation and training
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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 - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Buffalo Hearing And
(716) 239-4784
50 E North St Attn: Tracey Reynolds
Buffalo, NY
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Early Childhood ProgramAbout ECPThe Early Childhood Program provides evaluations and treatment for children with special needs, from birth to age five. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child''s speech, language or motor development, please feel free to contact our Early Childhood Program. We will gladly provide you with information that will aide you in determining if your child needs help and educate you on the appropriate steps to take to receive services. Please call us at (71
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Amherst Audiological Services
(716) 239-4770
315 Alberta Dr Ste 105
Buffalo, NY
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ENG Test - ElectronystagmogramThe ENG test is probably one of the most useful tests to diagnose dizzy complaints in which other obvious causes such as ear infection, head injury or certain medication side effects are not involved.The ENG is a series of tests designed to evaluate the inner-ear''s vestibular mechanism. This test electronically determines the responses of the balance mechanisms of the vestibular system. These responses are expressed through eye movements which are recorded by elect
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Buffalo Hearing And Speech Ctr
(716) 608-4881
1026 Union Rd
West Seneca, NY
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Audiological TestingBuffalo Hearing & Speech Center offers the newest, most technologically advanced hearing aids available. Major brands are available in a variety of styles and sound quality. In-the-ear, behind-the-ear, canal, completely-in-the-canal, and open fit technology are available in all levels of digital sound.What does the hearing aid package include?Highest quality care by a licensed AudiologistHearing aid evaluationHearing aid and hearing aid fittingOrientation and training2-week a
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Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Hearing & Speech Ctr Of WNY
(716) 239-4858
2545 Sheridan Dr
Tonawanda, NY
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Our Speech-Language Pathologists provide speech-language evaluations, therapy and counseling for a variety of speech-language. Therapy programs are designed to meet the individual needs of both children and adults. The clinical sessions include family involvement through direct observation, conferences and counseling.Once the communication difficulties are assessed and identified; our Speech Language Pathologists develop and implement a therapy plan that is individually tailored to meet the spec
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Hearing Evaluation Services
(716) 568-7108
2733 Wehrle Dr
Buffalo, NY
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diometricHearing EvaluationTympanometryAcoustic Reflex TestingOtoacoustic EmissionsCentral Auditory Processing EvaluationsSpecial TestsAuditory Brainstem ResponseVideonystogmographyVestibular Evoked Myogenic PotentialTreatment and Hearing AidsCounselingHearing AidsAssistive Listening DevicesCerumen RemovalEarmoldsSwim moldsNoise protection earmoldsMusician’s earmoldsIndustrialIndustrial TestingHearing Conservation Program
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,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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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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