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Real-Ear Testing Concord NH

Local resource for real-ear testing in Concord, NH. 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.

Hearing Solutions
(603) 736-7035
66 Pleasant St
Concord, NH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Better Hearing Center, Inc.
(603) 565-0014
2 Industrial Park Dr Ste 12
Concord, NH
Services
Comprehensive diagnostic hearing exams for patients of all ages with two audiologist on staff. In addition we offer counseling on hearing health, all types and brands of hearing aids, hearing aid evaluations, repairs and batteries. Better Hearing Center, Inc. also offers a complete line of assistive listening devices including the newest bluetooth technolgy.
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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New England Audiology, PLLC
(603) 856-8275
1 Pillsbury Street
Concord, NH
Specialty
hearing loss, hearing aids, auditory processing disorder
Education
Doctor of Audiology
Professional Memberships
American Academy of Audiology and American Speech and Hearing Association

Advanced Hearing Center LLC
(888) 451-7523
130 Tarrytown Rd
Manchester, NH
Services
Repairs, Maintenance, Cleanings, 2 Year Warranty ON ALL HEARING AIDS SOLD.Our staff emphasizes ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aids. We encourage all of our patients to come in for a regular hearing aid evaluation and cleaning.
Hours
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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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SNHMC
(603) 505-8189
10 Prospect St Ste 401
Nashua, NH
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Alliance Audiology
(603) 565-0011
194 Pleasant St Ste 1
Concord, NH
Services
COMPREHENSIVE DIAGNOSTIC AUDIOLOGICAL EVALUATIONSHEARING AID PROGRAM"We work with you to get it right."Many audiology offices and most hearing aid stores focus on hearing aids as the treatment for hearing loss. At Alliance we focus on the person that uses the hearing aids. Our philosophy is that the hearing aid is a tool for the wearer to use. We work with our patients to select the most appropriate, practical amplification system. We counsel them about the process of adjustment to amplificat
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Granite State Hearing Aid Ctr.
(888) 429-7084
25 Stark St
Manchester, NH
Services
Hearing evaluations, most brands of hearing devices, service , batteries , adjustments, cleaning.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene
(603) 399-5048
117 Railroad St
Keene, NH
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Sound Advice Hearing Centers
(888) 453-6516
165 Rochester Hill Rd Unit #3
Rochester, NH
Services
Sound Advice Hearing Centers, Inc. has five easy locations in Plymouth, New London, Keene, Exeter and Rochester.Our Services include:ASSESSMENT * Objective hearing testing to determine the nature and degree of your hearing loss * Subjective assessment of your needs and significant other''s perceptions to establish and prioritize desired communication outcomes.REFERRAL * If warranted, appropriate referral to a physician for more in-depth diagnostic work or medical interventionEDUCATION/C
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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Southern NH Rehab Center
(603) 769-3104
460 Amherst St
Nashua, NH
Services
The Medical Center offers many services not usually found in a community hospital setting, such as kidney care and newborn intensive care. With our ties to centers of excellence like Massachusetts General Hospital, Lahey Clinic, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and Childrens Hospital, your care - wherever it needs to be- is always in the best hands. The best doctors choose the best hospital, and the best hospitals choose each other. Follow the department list to your left, or use the topic li
Hours
Sunday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Monday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Tuesday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Wednesday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Thursday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Friday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Saturday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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