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Real-Ear Testing Cincinnati OH

Local resource for real-ear testing in Cincinnati, OH. 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.

Hill Hear Better
(513) 437-0497
8250 Winton Rd Ste 300
Cincinnati, OH
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance with OSHA guidelines.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Richard Dubrowski, Au.D.
(513) 988-8589
5630 Bridgetown Rd Ste 4
Cincinnati, OH
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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Hearing Consultants
(513) 208-2586
10766 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH
Services
Hearing Aid Sales & ServiceHearing Tests - Wax RemovalCustom Hearing Protection
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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Luebbe Hearing Aid Center Inc.
(614) 454-3599
5074 N High St
Columbus, OH
Services
Diagnostic TestingTinnitus Evaluation and TreatmentDispensing of Digital Hearing AidsHearing Aid Checks and ServicingAssistive Listening Devices (ALDs
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hill Hear Better
(513) 437-0497
8250 Winton Rd Ste 300
Cincinnati, OH
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance with OSHA guidelines.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Mariemont Hearing Center
(513) 268-4020
6954 Madisonville Rd
Cincinnati, OH
Services
Audiological evaluationsHearing aid dispensingIndustrial audiologyCustom hearing productsRehabilitative audiology
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Anderson Ent, Inc.
(513) 457-4549
7691 5 Mile Rd Ste 215
Cincinnati, OH
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 08:30 AM by Appointment ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 10:30 AM by Appointment ,Thursday02:00 PM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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George P. Bauer, M.D.
(513) 360-4117
2960 Mack Rd Ste 107
Fairfield, OH
Services
Services for Adults and Children: * Medical treatment of of ear, nose, and throat disorders * Evaluation and management of dizziness, balance/gait disorders * Evaluation and management of ringing in the ears (tinnitus) * Evaluation and management of hearing loss * Hearing testing * Hearing aid evaluation and dispensing * Balance testing * Evaluation and management of facial nerve disordersSurgical Services for Adults and Children
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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Goebel Hearing Center
(888) 459-5974
46 N Mulberry St
Chillicothe, OH
Services
As the kind and degree of hearing loss varies from person to person and even sometimes from ear to ear, there are different hearing instrument models which are tailored to specific hearing losses. Goebel can help you decide which option is right for your personal needs. * Hearing Aid Sales & Service * Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations by a Board Certified, Licensed Clinical Audiologist * Hearing Aid Repairs * Hearing Aid Batteries * Assistive Listening Dev
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Saint Joseph Health Center
(330) 984-4408
667 Eastland Ave SE
Warren, OH
Hours
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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