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Real-Ear Testing Cambridge MA

Local resource for real-ear testing in Cambridge, MA. 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.

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
(617) 505-1953
110 Francis St Ste 6E
Boston, MA
Services
Comprehensive Care Centers Cancer CenterCardioVascular InstituteDigestive Disease CenterSpine CenterTransplant Institute
Hours
SundayOpen by Appointment ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Northeastern University
(617) 580-3020
30 Leon Street 503 Behrakis Health Science Ct
Boston, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Brigham Womens Hospital
(617) 505-1956
45 Francis St
Boston, MA
Services
Cartilage RepairFace TransplantRobotic SurgeryHybrid ORPercutaneous Aortic Valve ReplacementDIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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Daniels Hearing Center
(617) 892-4196
830 Harrison Ave J Joseph Moakley Bldg
Roxbury, MA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDsAuditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Balance and Dizziness: Positional Vertigo and Epley ManeuverCentral Auditory Processing EvaluationsEar Molds: Custom-made noise protection earmoldsFirstSound Newborn Screening ProviderHearing Aids: Sales and ServiceHearing Evaluations: AdultsHearing Evaluations: ChildrenLoop Induction SystemsMusicians'' Custom Ear Plugs and MonitorsReal-ear measurementTinnitus Diagnostics
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Brookline Hearing Service Inc.
(617) 505-1952
1842 Beacon St Ste 403
Brookline, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Tobias And Battite Inc.
(617) 274-8001
16 Temple Place
Boston, MA
Services
Otoscopy - A visual inspection of your ear canal and eardrum Pure Tone Audiometry - Measuring the softest sounds you can hear at a variety of pitches Speech Reception Threshold - The softest level you can hear speech Speech Discrimination - Testing how accurately you hear speech at amplified levels Loudness and Tolerance measurements - Documentation of your personal loudness tolerance range to ensure that amplification is never uncomfortably loud Tympanometry - Measuring the movement of your ear
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary
(617) 910-3058
243 Charles St
Boston, MA
Services
Eye CareOur ophthalmology services and specialties range from eye-care checkups to treating the most complex vision and eye-related issues.Ear, Nose, Throat,Head & Neck CareSpecialties in otolaryngology range from sinus care and sleep disorders to head and neck cancer, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and facial nerve reconstruction.Pediatric CareThere''s no such thing as routine, when it comes to your child''s healthcare. Our pediatric specialists and surgeons offer world-class, compassionate,
Hours
MondayClosed ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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Professional Hearing Aid
(617) 849-8801
1101 Beacon St Ste 8e
Brookline, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology Services Inc.
(617) 484-8700
90 Concord Ave Ste 4
Belmont, MA
Services
Audiometric Evaluations-Hearing Aid Sales and Service-Earmolds-LACE training-Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)-Audiology Services, Inc.
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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Boston ENT Associates
(617) 553-4665
1153 Centre St Ste 52
Jamaica Plain, MA
Services
AUDIOLOGY SERVICESOur audiology team conducts comprehensive hearing evaluations which include tympanometry, air and bone conduction, as well as word recognition testing. If a patient is a hearing aid candidate and decides to pursue amplification the audiologist would proceed with a hearing aid evaluation, fitting and follow-up appointment. The audiologists work with a range of hearing aid manufacturers and a specific hearing aid is recommended based on a patient''s lifestyle and needs.At our Fa
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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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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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