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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.

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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Hug Center For Hearing
(734) 259-4073
705 S Main St Ste 101
Plymouth, MI
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,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
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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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OConnor Hearing Center
(734) 418-8992
203 S Zeeb Rd Ste 207
Ann Arbor, MI
Services
Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsO’Connor Hearing Center provides Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations which includes obtaining a case history, performing Otoscopy; Immittance Testing; Air Conduction Testing; Bone Conduction Testing; Speech Testing. Acoustic testing of hearing sensitivity thresholds, performed in a sound booth, via an audiometer to determine current hearing levels.Hearing Aid EvaluationsUsing results of a recent (within six months) diagnostic hearing evaluation, our Audiologist wil
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SundayClosed
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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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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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St. John Macomb Hospital
(586) 486-6321
11800 E 12 Mile Rd
Warren, MI
Hours
SundayClosed
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Ear Center Audiology
(313) 254-4338
2421 Monroe St Ste 201
Dearborn, MI
Services
•Comprehensive Hearing Tests •Middle Ear Testing/Tympanometry •Hearing Aid Evaluations •Digital Hearing Aids •Hearing Aid Repair (most brands) •Custom Earmolds •Swim Plugs •Noise Protection Devices •Musician Ear Plugs •Assistive Listening Devices •Counseling and Education
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Premium Hearing Soluitons
(248) 850-2084
555 W 14 Mile Rd Ste 2A
Clawson, MI
Services
*Our hearing evaluation is thorough and reliable. We will examine your ears, remove any excess earwax, evaluate your middle ear system (eardrum, bones and muscles), test your hearing, and evaluate how well you understand speech. These tests will permit us to diagnose the type and degree of hearing loss in each ear and make rehabiliative or medical recommendations. A detailed description of your hearing loss, and its affect on communication, will be provided. If deemed necessary, a discussion on
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 AM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 AM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 AM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 AM ,Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audicare Hearing Centers
(231) 668-9186
4620 US Highway 31 N
Traverse City, MI
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance to OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss i
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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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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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