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Real-Ear Testing Fishers IN

Local resource for real-ear testing in Fishers, 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.

Otolaryngology Associates
(317) 565-4075
18051 River Ave Ste 104
Noblesville, IN
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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 - 04:30 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
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Saint Vincent Hospital
(317) 973-0128
2001 W 86th St
Indianapolis, IN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Acoustic Audio Services Of
(765) 274-0185
3412 Main St
Anderson, IN
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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The Hearing Center LLC
(260) 918-4142
1306 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)As a full service hearing center, The Hearing Center, LLC also provides a wide array of assistive listening devices. Many are on display in our assistive device room. If you are interested in any of these devices for yourself or a family member, be sure to stop by and ask us about them!Audiometric Evaluations: AdultsComplete diagnostic hearing evaluations are necessary to determine the type and degree of hearing loss. All testing is conducted in a sound treated
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SundayClosed
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The Hearing Professionals & ENT of Michiana
(574) 208-6837
100 Navarre Pl Ste 4430
South Bend, IN
Services
Diagnostic evaluations of the ear and hearing. Hearing Devices
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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Professional Hearing Services, Inc.
(317) 973-0012
8801 N Meridian St Ste 210
Indianapolis, IN
Services
Audiological Assessment,Tympanometry,Counseling and Rehabilitation,Adult Hearing Aid Dispensing with 75-day adjustment period and retraining program, Complimentary no-obligation in-office demonstration of discrete digital open-ear hearing devices. Like what you hear? Let Dr. O''Connor fit you with a pair for a 75-day evaluation! Complimentary lifetime cleaning and check-up of your hearing aid system, free batteries. Ear protection/custom molds for swimmers, musicians, noisy hobbies, aviation.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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St Vincents Zionsville
(317) 973-0771
10801 N Michigan Rd Ste 200
Zionsville, IN
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Professional Hearing Healthcare
(765) 273-4597
3631 N Morrison Rd
Muncie, IN
Services
Full Hearing Evaluations and Fitting of Hearing Aids
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare
(219) 228-1394
5454 S Hohman Ave
Hammond, IN
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With our two campuses, 19 off-site facilities and 813 beds, Saint Margaret Mercy has earned a reputation for being a trendsetter and leader in introducing innovative medical practices and technologies to Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area. Today, many of our specialty programs attract people from as far away as southern Michigan and Wisconsin, to South Bend, Indianapolis and beyond.Our legacy. Our mission. Our position of excellence. Our vision for the future. These are the reasons Saint
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Conn Hearing Aid Center
(888) 369-0436
1516 Spring St
Jeffersonville, IN
Services
Hearing instruments, service and programming are available for most brands. We also have an extensive selection of accessories, batteries, communicative products, custom earmolds and educational resources.*SoundCare Lifetime Service*Hearing Evaluations & Consultations*Video Otoscopic Exams*Hearing Instrument Cleaning & Checkups*Hearing Instrument & Earmold Loaner Services*Hearing System Demonstrations*Communicative Product Demonstrations*In-Home Services (please call for coverage areas and rate
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Saturday09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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