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Real-Ear Testing Everett WA

Local resource for real-ear testing in Everett, WA. 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.

The Everett Clinic
(425) 374-4345
4027 Hoyt Ave Ste 101A
Everett, WA
Services
The Everett Clinic offers: * An advanced imaging center with highly trained physicians, specialists and technicians * Two surgery centers with advanced technology such as 3D image-guided surgery * Eight urgent care Walk-In Clinics, open seven days a week with extended hours * Comprehensive disease prevention and management programs * Three pharmacies * A regional cancer center partnership
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Puget Sound Hearing & Balance
(206) 607-8656
9714 3rd Ave NE Ste 100
Seattle, WA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Audiosense Hearing LLC
(425) 336-4093
10573 SE Carr Road
Renton, WA
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
Payment
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Island Family Hearing Clinic
(360) 279-1229
380 Se Midway Blvd
Oak Harbor, WA
 
Stanwood Camano Hearing Center
(360) 654-4307
7359 267th St NW Ste A
Stanwood, WA
Services
Hearing EvaluationsYou will be seen by licensed hearing professionals - audiologists and hearing instrument specialists with the experience to serve your needs. These hearing professionals are knowledgeable in the fitting of the latest diagnostic equipment, procedures, and amplification technology to help identify the best hearing aid or treatment method suitable for your hearing and communication needs.
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Island Family Hearing Clinic
(888) 451-8981
1690 Layton Rd
Freeland, WA
Services
60-day Money Back Guarantee With Every Hearing Aid Purchase, Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations, Free Hearing Aid Cleanings and Checks, Free Hearing Aid Consultation,Full Range of Hearing Aid Technologies Available, Hearing Aid Options Available for All Hearing Needs and Budget Considerations, Hearing Aid Sales and Service, Most Insurances and Credit Cards Accepted
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Cash,Check,Insurance

Stanwood Camano Hearing Center
(360) 654-4307
7359 267th St NW Ste A
Stanwood, WA
Services
Hearing EvaluationsYou will be seen by licensed hearing professionals - audiologists and hearing instrument specialists with the experience to serve your needs. These hearing professionals are knowledgeable in the fitting of the latest diagnostic equipment, procedures, and amplification technology to help identify the best hearing aid or treatment method suitable for your hearing and communication needs.
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
Payment
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Harbor Audiology & Hearing
(253) 777-0922
1901 S 72nd St Ste A14
Tacoma, WA
Services
No charge for hearing aid consults with valid audiogramsAll hearing instruments are fitted on a 30-day initial basisGuaranteed successful fittingsAccess to the most technologically advanced instruments availableIn-house and manufacturer modifications and repairsOffice visits included throughout warranty period of the instrumentComplete Hearing Health Care:Batteries provided for the life of your hearing instrumentsQuarterly cleanings and adjustmentsYearly audiometric screeningsYearly hearing inst
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 - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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The Vancouver Clinic Inc PS
(360) 335-3075
2525 NE 139th St Ste 220
Vancouver, WA
Services
* Allergy/ImmunologyThe Allergy and Immunology Clinic offers comprehensive management of allergic, asthmatic and immunologic disorders in children and adults. They also offer skin testing, testing for asthma and allergy injections. * Oncology (Cancer Care)Our department treats a full range of cancer including: * Lung Cancer * Colorectal Cancer * Breast Cancer * Lymphoma * Hematologic CancerWe also participate in clinical trials. * Audiology * Hearing tests * Hearing
Hours
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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Columbia Basin Hearing
(509) 392-4242
215 Van Giesen St
Richland, WA
Services
Audiological EvaluationHearing Aid ServicesVestibular EvaluationFall Risk AssessmentTinnitus EvaluationPediatric EvaluationAPD Evaluation
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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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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