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Real-Ear Testing Flint MI

Local resource for real-ear testing in Flint, MI. 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.

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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Constance Brown Hearing Centers
(269) 200-4025
1634 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
Services
Industrial Audiology Free Hearing Aid Cleaning Speaker Bureau Getting More From Your Hearing Aids Diagnostic hearing evaluations to identify the degree and type of hearing loss, with medical or other professional consultation and referral, as indicated.Hearing aid evaluation and prescription to ensure the most appropriate selection and use.Fitting, adjustments and client training for effective hearing aid use. Thirty day evaluation with prescribed hearing aids to ensure satisfaction.Industrial A
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Michigan Hearing
(734) 237-1682
19900 Haggerty Rd Ste 111
Livonia, MI
Hours
SundayClosed
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Port Huron Ear, Nose, Throat
(810) 637-5584
1522 Pine Grove Ave Ste A
Port Huron, MI
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Michigan Ear Institute
(248) 419-0251
30055 Northwestern Hwy Ste 101
Farmington Hills, MI
Services
Hearing DisordersDizziness and BalanceFacial Nerve DisordersAcoustic Tumor SurgeryNeurotologic Skull Base SurgeryPediatric OtologyCochlear Implant SurgeryAudiologyHearing Aid Center
Hours
SundayClosed
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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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West Michigan Hearing Services
(616) 431-4057
4232 29th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Services
Our Hearing Care ServicesOur expert staff at West Michigan Hearing Services provides services that include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing aids may be utilized to help compensate for hearing loss. Diagnostic Hearing Testing Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment Dispensing of Digital Hearing Aid TechnologyHearing Aid Cleaning, Check-up and MaintenanceAssistive Listening Devices Custom Ear ProtectionCustom
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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
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McDonald Audiology
(616) 723-8464
4444 Kalamazoo Ave Se
Grand Rapids, MI
Hours
SundayClosed
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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
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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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Marquette General Hospital
(906) 373-8640
580 W College Ave
Marquette, MI
Services
Diabetic ServicesEmergency DepartmentEmployee Assistance ProgramFastCareHand SurgeryMemory Loss CenterOccupational MedicineOrgan DonationPain ANetworkPatient AccessPlastic SurgeryRespiratory CareSports Medicine InstituteTelehealthVascular ServicesVolunteersMetabolic & Bariatric ServicesNon-Surgical Weight Mgt.Surgical Weight Mgt. Weight QuestionsFood & Nutrition ServicesNorth Country Cafe MenuAnalysis of Food ItemsRecipesNutrition and Wellness/DiabetesNutritional CounselingNutrition and Medicine
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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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