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Rush University Medical Center
(888) 751-2925
1611 W. Harrison Ste 530
Chicago, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Aid Svc.
(888) 310-0605
151 N Michigan Ave Apt 914
Chicago, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing & Balance Center, P.C.
(877) 762-8153
233 E Erie St Ste 500
Chicago, IL
Services
Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsChoosing The Right Hearing AidPediatric Audiology & Auditory Processing EvaluationsTympanometryLive Speech MappingTinnitus Evaluation and ManagementVNG/ENG ExaminationsVestibular (Balance) AssessmentsABR ExaminationsAssistive Listening Devices (ALDs): FM SystemsCochlear Implant
Hours
SundayClosed
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Resurrection Health Center
(773) 770-4079
2900 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL
Services
Addiction Services Alcohol/Drug Rehabilitation Allergy Services Alzheimer''s Care Arthritis/Rheumatology Services Assisted Living Centers Asthma Care Center Audiology Services BBaby Pictures Back and Neck Pain Center Balance Disorders Bariatric Programs Behavioral Health Services Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Breast Services/Mammography CCancer Services Cardiac Services Care-A-Van Transportation Center for Breast Care Chemical Dependency Treatment Child Care Centers Child Development Colon and
Hours
Sunday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Monday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
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University Of Chicago
(773) 295-7084
5835 S Cottage Grove Ave DCAM Room 4754
Chicago, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Service
(312) 265-3406
111 N Wabash Ave Ste 1618
Chicago, IL
Services
Professional care by experienced audiologists, convenient hours and location, discount parking, hearing aid cleaning, repair service, loaner instruments. We accept Medicare, Blue Cross Members First, HEAR USA/NECP, United Healthcare, UniCare and HFN.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Midwest Ear Nose & Throat Ltd.
(312) 267-0843
3 E Huron St Fl 1
Chicago, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Hearing Health Center Inc.
(888) 618-3631
142 E Ontario St Ste 1100
Chicago, IL
Services
The Hearing Health Center is renowned for their skill in comprehensive hearing assessments, diagnosing and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders, and prescribing and individually tuning every type of hearing instrument and personal communication device available.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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West Suburban Medical Center
(708) 321-4123
3 Erie Ct Ste 6120
Oak Park, IL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mac Neal Hospital
(708) 550-4836
3249 Oak Park Ave
Berwyn, IL
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SundayClosed
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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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