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Real-Ear Testing Evansville IN

Local resource for real-ear testing in Evansville, IN. 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 & Speech Associate Inc
(812) 618-2782
350 W Columbia St Ste 300
Evansville, IN
Hearing & Speech Associates, Inc. is dedicated to helping you with your hearing needs. We provide complete diagnostic hearing evaluations, specialized testing and a wide range of hearing instruments to fit your individual hearing loss.
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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Deaconess Clinic DT
(812) 618-4107
4011 Gateway Blvd
Newburgh, IN
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Otolaryngology Associates
(317) 456-7017
1115 Ronald Reagan Pkwy Ste 255
Avon, IN
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Saint Vincent Hospital
(317) 973-0128
2001 W 86th St
Indianapolis, IN
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Advantage Hearing Center
(219) 227-5646
925 Sheffield Ave
Dyer, IN
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Tri State E N T Surgeons
(812) 618-1860
3801 Bellemeade Ave Ste 330
Evansville, IN
Advanced Surgical Solutions for Complex Hearing ProblemsWe are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of the most complex hearing problems. Our staff includes Dr. John C. Bizal, who is the only fellowship trained Otologist (ear doctor) residing in the area, and a team of doctors who are certified by the most respected boards in their field. Here are some of the procedures we offer:· Stapedectomy - for people who suffer from otosclerosis, which is the immobilization of the stapes bone -
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Hearing Healthcare Center, Inc.
(812) 303-4300
3101 N. Green River Road, Suite 620
Evansville, IN
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Doctors Hearing Care, L.L.C.
(888) 905-9756
4212 Charlestown Rd Ste 3
New Albany, IN
Audiology is a profession devoted to assessment and treatment of hearing loss. The goal of treatment is always better communication through better hearing. Often this includes the use of assitive technology in the form of hearing aids. However, hearing aids are only a small part of the treatment plan. The audiologist is the only professional who is specially trained on hearing aid technology, as well as incorporating hearing aid use into daily life to achieve the ultimate goal of better communic
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Professional Hearing Mgmt.
(219) 476-3178
2601 Beech St
Valparaiso, IN
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E N T Associates Of
(812) 671-0959
2920 S McIntire Dr Ste 350 - Attn: Kristin Baar
Bloomington, IN
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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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