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Real-Ear Testing Flint MI

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Exela Hearing Services LLC
(810) 275-0797
4325 Miller Rd
Flint, MI
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 Michigan ENT
(888) 387-3470
1500 Abbot Rd Ste 400
East Lansing, MI
Services
We treat pediatric and adult ear, nose and throat disorders, sleep disorders, diagnostic audiology procedures, diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders, dispense hearing aids, speech and language services, videostroboscopy, botox injections for spasmodic dysphonia and BAHA (bone anchored hearing device) installation, balloon sinuplasty and ENG and ABR.
Hours
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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McDonald Audiology
(616) 723-8464
4444 Kalamazoo Ave Se
Grand Rapids, MI
Hours
SundayClosed
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Fluke Hearing Instruments
(734) 418-0895
4025 Carpenter Rd
Ypsilanti, MI
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 - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Jackson Hearing Clinic
(517) 879-1433
1111 Teneyck St Ste 200
Jackson, MI
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 - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Fluke Hearing Instruments
(810) 515-8927
3413 S Linden Rd
Flint, MI
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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Dymon Hearing Center
(248) 218-1504
71 Walnut Blvd Ste 108
Rochester, MI
Services
A wide range of hearing healthcare services are available for individuals of all ages. * Comprehensive hearing tests and hearing aid evaluations * Certified audiologist on staff * We sell most brands of hearing aids including: Oticon, Starkey, Phonak, Siemens, and GN Resound * Same day appointments available * 60 day no obligation trial on ALL hearing aid * We repair ALL brands of hearing aids * Nursing home and hospital visits available * Participating in most health ins
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Henry Ford Health System
(586) 580-8767
14500 Hall Rd
Sterling Heights, MI
Hours
SundayClosed
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Spectrum Health Medical Grp
(616) 499-4295
3232 N Wellness Dr Dent 027
Holland, MI
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SundayClosed
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Huron Valley Hearing
(248) 714-7044
222 W Highland Rd
Highland, MI
Services
Hearing Aids Audiology Vestibular testing Otoplasty Allergy testing Cosmetic Surgery Sinus and Nasal Problems (ENT)physician available
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 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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