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Real-Ear Testing Erie PA

Local resource for real-ear testing in Erie, PA. 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.

Ear Nose & Throat Specialists
(814) 806-2223
3580 Peach St
Erie, PA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Systems
(814) 806-2213
3424 Peach St
Erie, PA
Services
Advanced Hearing ServicesWhat to expect during your hearing evaluation.Our professional and caring staff will perform a comprehensive battery of tests specifically designed to present an accurate assessment of the nature of your hearing loss.These tests include: * Patient profile interview * Word recognition test to evaluate our ability to hear speech clearly * Audiometric test of frequency-specific sensitivity * Dynamic range testing to determine the range of sounds most comfortable
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Karla J. Floyd Audiologist
(412) 436-3358
11743 Frankstown Rd Ste G
Pittsburgh, PA
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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Medical Park E N T
(570) 556-4027
80 Medical Park Dr
Lewisburg, PA
Services
General Ear, Nose and ThroatAllergy Testing and TreatmentHearing EvaluationHearing Aid Evaluation and FittingHead and Neck SurgerySinus Surgery
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday07:30 PM - 05:30 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Ent Surgical Group PC
(570) 763-4122
423 3rd Ave Ste C
Kingston, PA
Services
Accent ReductionAccent Reduction services focuses on individuals who use English as their second language. Allergy/ImmunotherapyAdministration of a series of injections containing various antigens, in order to desensitize patients to inhalent allergens.Hearing Aids/SuppliesLicensed and Certified AudiologistSpeech and Swallowing DisordersLicensed and Certified Speech Language PathologistSurgeriesExperienced adult and pediatric surgeons
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Erichson Hearing Aid
(814) 806-2987
2716 Peach St
Erie, PA
Services
LIFETIME LISTENINGexclusively from Erichson Hearing Aid CenterLifetime Services Compare to Other Brands Contact Us TodayThe hallmark of Erichson Hearing Aid Center, Lifetime ListeningSM is a complete hearing healthcare program that guarantees you the best value in technology and service: Hearing evaluation by certified hearing specialist Personalized product selection and fitting Quarterly cleaning and adjustments Annual audiometric screenings ; Annual hearing aid evaluations
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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Erie Audiology Inc.
(814) 806-2226
2550 W 8th St
Erie, PA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Unlimited
(412) 927-2375
575 Coal Valley Rd Ste 202
Clairton, PA
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 - 11:00 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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Clear Choice Hearing Aid Ctr
(717) 428-7068
2820 Whiteford Rd
York, PA
Services
Custom Fit Ear PlugsDigital and Programable Hearing Aids Demonstration and DispensingHearing Aid AnalysisHearing testing and evaluationMusician''s Sound PlugsSame Day FitService all makes and models
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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Main Line Audiologists Consultants, PC
(610) 616-5094
2 Franklin Town Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
Services
Diagnostic audiometry Aural rehabilitation Behavioral audiometry Otoacoustic emissions testing Hearing instrument dispensing Tympanometry Hearing aid fitting, adjustments, and repairs Industrial hearing conservation and testing Assistive listening Devices Musicians'' in-the-ear monitors Musicians'' earmolds Swimmolds Central auditory testing Real ear measurements
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 ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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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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