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Real-Ear Testing Charleston SC

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Medical University of SC
(843) 628-1776
135 Rutledge St Rm 216
Charleston, SC
Services
MUSC Medical Center offers many services. These services are listed three different ways below: A to Z listing By the first letter of the service name (e.g., C - cancer) Centers, Services and Institutes A listing by clinical specialty and/or service Departments/Divisions A listing by academic department/division name in the university Medical Services A to Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W MUSC Centers, Services & Institutes Children''s Hospital Children''s H
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,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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Low Country E N T
(843) 628-1775
2850 B Tricom Street
Charleston, SC
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Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Hearing Health Care
(843) 492-0910
5913 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC
Services
ServicesHearing Health Care has partnered with the leading hearing instrument manufacturers in the industry in an effort to help you find the personal hearing system that best suits your individual needs. We offer virtually every brand, model and type of hearing aid available and will consider your lifestyle, personal preferences and your specific needs in bringing you the best hearing solutions today''s technology has to offer. From the most advanced 100% digital hearing instruments to more tra
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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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Low Country E N T
(843) 628-1775
2850 B Tricom Street
Charleston, SC
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Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Professional Hearing Aid Associates
(803) 708-7885
2750 Laurel St Ste 203
Columbia, SC
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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University ENT Assoc
(843) 628-0425
1280 Johnnie Dodds Blvd Unit 205
Mount Pleasant, SC
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Care
(843) 628-4844
900 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Mount Pleasant, SC
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Audiologist
Gender
Female

Hearing Health Care Center
(864) 640-4540
331 Mills Ave
Greenville, SC
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Ann L. Widener PhD
(843) 474-0011
968 Ribaut Rd Ste 2
Beaufort, SC
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SundayClosed
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Healthy Hearing for Life
(704) 246-3200
9119 Wind Jammer Dr
Fort Mill, SC
Services
Full Audiological Hearing Evaluations. We offer discreet hearing solutions from technology leaders such as Oticon, GN Resound, Unitron, Starkey, Unitron, and Rexton.Our Plus-Program protects patients with longer warranties and five years of free office visits. All patients receive a full 30-day trial period with 100% refund and exchange privileges.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday12:00 PM - 02:00 PM by Appointment
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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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