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Real-Ear Testing Columbia SC

Local resource for real-ear testing in Columbia, SC. 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.

Professional Hearing Aid Associates
(803) 708-7885
2750 Laurel St Ste 203
Columbia, SC
Hours
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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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.
Hours
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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Greer Audiology
(888) 448-6045
703 West Poinsett Street
Greer, SC
Services
Services: Greer Audiology specializes in hearing testing and rehabilitation. We carry a wide range of the latest digital hearing instruments, assistive listening devices and custom protective devices to suit various individual lifestyles and budgets. * Comprehensive hearing evaluations for children and adults * Hearing aid selection and fitting * Repairs of all makes of hearing instruments; in-house when possible *Lyric extended wear devices *Custom ear protection for swimmers, mu
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Coastal Carolina
(888) 536-6816
1120 Glenns Bay Rd Ste 121
Myrtle Beach, SC
Services
Hearing Testing-Otoacoustic EmissionsComplete Diagnostic AudiogramTympanogramAuditory Evoked PotentialsBalance Evaluations-VideonystagmogrophyElectrocochleographyBalance Rehabilitation ServicesHearing Aid Sales and Service-Hearing Aid Evaluations & FittingsHearing Aid RepairsHearing Conservation Custom Hearing ProtectionCustom Swim PlugsSpeech Pathology-Voice Evaluations & TherapySwallowing Evaluations & TherapyArticulation Evaluations & TherapyLanguage Evaluations & TherapyPhysician ServicesTre
Hours
SundayClosed
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Low Country E N T
(843) 628-1775
2850 B Tricom Street
Charleston, SC
Hours
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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Centa Hearing Center
(803) 767-4136
157 Corley Mill Rd
Lexington, SC
Hours
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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Carolina Bays ENT
(843) 438-4031
808 Farrar Dr
Conway, SC
Services
Services Provided: Tumors of the head, Tonsils and adenoids, Facial plastic surgery, Removal of facial lesions/cancers, Facial trauma , Fractures of nose and facial fractures, Parathyroid problems, Loss of sense of taste or smell, Voice problems, Hearing loss, Tinnitus, Hearing aids, Swallowing problems, Parotid gland problems, Bell''s palsy, Impacted earwax, Ear infections, Deviated nasal septum, Perforated eardrum, Sinis problems, Meniere''s disease, Nose bleeds, Snoring/sleep apnea
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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Anderson Audiology Consults PA
(864) 642-0310
101 Broadbent Way
Anderson, SC
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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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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Greenwood E N T Center
(864) 538-4637
1015 Spring St
Greenwood, SC
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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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