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Real-Ear Testing Dayton OH

Local resource for real-ear testing in Dayton, 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.

Hillcrest Hearing Aids
(937) 410-4674
369 W 1st St Ste 406
Dayton, OH
Services
Hillcrest Hearing Aids is located within the same office space as Southwest Ohio ENT Specialists. A physician is usually available to assist us in providing whatever service may be necessary for your complete hearing health care.Hearing Evaluation,Latest Technology Available in Hearing Aids,Most Insurance Plans Accepted,Patient-Family Counseling,The Kooser Program,Repairs,Assistive Listening Devices,Earplugs
Hours
SundayClosed
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United Rehabilitation Services
(937) 410-4673
4710 Troy Pike
Dayton, OH
Services
We offer a wide variety of services for people with disabilities and their families, including adult services including community employment, vocational training, adult daycare, adult latch key, senior daycare, and home-based personal care. Children services including childcare for 6 weeks to 7 years, latch key for youth 8 to 18 years old, and in-home respite care. Clinical services including augmentative communications, physical therapy, occupational therapy, aquatic therapy, speech pathology,
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology Services
(513) 318-0011
1060 Summitt Dr # A
Middletown, OH
Services
Complimentary consultationState-of-the-art hearing diagnosticsFull range of digital hearing instrumentsAssistive Listening DevicesHearing protection counseling and productsHearing loss simulation for family counselingProbe-microphone measure of hearing aid performance in the ear.45 day adjustment periodEasy payment plans availableRepairs of all makes and loaners availableLife-time in office service included with all hearing aidsMost major insurance providers acceptedAll hearing aid fittings come
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Family Hearing and Balance Center.com
(330) 752-6743
2800 S Arlington Rd Ste 102
Akron, OH
Services
Audiological EvaluationsTinnitus Evaluation & TheraphyBalance TestingEar Molds: Swim molds & Custom-made noise protection earmoldsHearing AidsHearing Evaluations
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(440) 328-4942
5700 Cooper Foster Park Rd W
Lorain, OH
Services
The Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute brings together more than 30 medical, surgical and research specialists to offer patients the full range of aesthetic, reconstructive and dermatologic procedures. Dermatologists and/or plastic surgeons practice at 11 locations throughout Northeast Ohio.
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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Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Hillcrest Hearing Aids
(937) 551-4098
9000 N Main St Suite 319
Dayton, OH
Services
ServicesHillcrest Hearing Aids is located within the same office space as Southwest Ohio ENT Specialists. A physician is usually available to assist us in providing whatever service may be necessary for your complete hearing health care.Hearing EvaluationA complete hearing evaluation is required by Federal and State law before you can be fitted for a hearing aid. All hearing testing done through our office is performed by certified audiologists or licensed hearing aid specialists. Hillcrest Hear
Hours
SundayClosed
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Ronald L. Devore Md
(937) 630-4263
8375 Yankee St
Dayton, OH
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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J. K. Hearing Center
(440) 969-6410
170 Huntington Trail
Cortland, 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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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
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Saint Elizabeth Hospital
(330) 787-9513
1044 Belmont Ave
Youngstown, OH
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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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