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Real-Ear Testing Essex Junction VT

Local resource for real-ear testing in Essex Junction, VT. 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.

Fletcher Allen Health Care
(802) 318-4159
327 Holly Ct
Williston, VT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sonotone Of Burlington
(802) 735-1812
1233 Shelburne Rd Lakewood Commons Suite D5
South Burlington, VT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Robert Jauch, M.D.
(802) 227-0188
714 Breezy Hill Rd
Saint Johnsbury, VT
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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Mid-Vermont ENT
(802) 549-4098
51 A Tennis Way
East Dorset, VT
Services
diagnose and treat: diseases of the ear, including infections, hearing and balance problems, and ringing in the ears; disorders of the nose and sinuses, such as infections, problems with stuffy nose, bleeding from the nose, snoring and sleep apnea and loss of smell; disorders of the throat, including voice and swallowing problems, sore throat and reflux disease; cancerous and non-cancerous tumors of the head and neck, including the thyroid and parathyroid; treatment of nasal and sinus allergy; f
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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Sonotone Of Burlington
(802) 735-1812
1233 Shelburne Rd Lakewood Commons Suite D5
South Burlington, VT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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University of Vermont, Eleanor M. Luse Center, Audiology Clinic
(802) 656-3861
489 Main St
Burlington, VT
Services
Hearing EvaluationAuditory Processing EvaluationHearing Aid Selection and FittingEvaluation of Hearing Aid EffectivenessAssistive Listening Devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Fletcher Allen Health Care
(802) 318-4159
327 Holly Ct
Williston, VT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Center For Audiological Svcs
(802) 275-4068
130 Austine Dr Ste 210
Brattleboro, VT
Hours
SundayClosed
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University of Vermont, Eleanor M. Luse Center, Audiology Clinic
(802) 656-3861
489 Main St
Burlington, VT
Services
Hearing EvaluationAuditory Processing EvaluationHearing Aid Selection and FittingEvaluation of Hearing Aid EffectivenessAssistive Listening Devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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MID-VERMONT ENT, P.C.
(802) 282-4967
69 Allen St Ste 1
Rutland, VT
Services
Mid-Vermont ENT offers evaluation, treatment, and management of nasal and sinus allergy. Twenty percent of the population suffers from some form of allergy, an altered exaggerated response to something in the environment called an allergen. Common inhalant allergens include dust mites, molds, pollen, and animal dander. These allergies can be tested for and treated in our office.Allergy Testing Evaluation of Air Passages Treatment Evaluation Loss of Smell Nasal Blockage and Obstruction Nose Bleed
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,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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