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Real-Ear Testing Flushing NY

Local resource for real-ear testing in Flushing, NY. 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.

Acousticon Of Flushing
(718) 878-4873
3901 Main St Ste 206
Flushing, NY
Services
Analog, programmable and digital hearing aids are available from a variety of manufacturers and in all sizes, from behind the ear to completely in-the-canal. We believe in providing the latest technology with personalized care. .Hearing Assistive TechnologyHearing Assistive Technology includes devices such as amplified telephones, cell phone accessories, television listening systems, alarm clocks, telephone and doorbell ring signalers, flashing smoke alarms, and personal listening systems to ass
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Health Associates, PC
(718) 475-6952
4205 Francis Lewis Blvd
Flushing, NY
Services
Complete Audiological Evaluations Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflex Testing Hearing Aid Evaluations Advanced Ear Mold Selection Skills Swim Plugs, Musician Plugs, etc. Wide Selection of Hearing Aids Hearing Aid Accessories Assistive Listening Devices Amplified Telephones Complete Hearing Health Care for Hearing Aids Quarterly Cleanings and Hearing Aid Checks Hearing Aid Repair, Loss/Damage and Loaner Services Batteries Provided for the Life of the Hearing Aid (5yrs max) Yearly Evaluations Compute
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SundayClosed
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Landa Communications Services
(718) 412-9440
108 Shore Rd
Flushing, NY
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Ear Works
(516) 342-7524
2800 Marcus Ave Ste 207
Lake Success, NY
Services
Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationsHearing Aid ConsulatationsFree Demonstration of Advanced Hearing Aid TechnologyComplete Hearing Health Care Program provided with all new digital hearing aid purchasesHearing Aid Service and RepairsReprogramming of Hearing AidsCustom Ear MoldsEducational SeminarsFM SystemsTinnitus MaskersBPPV ManagementMiddle Ear AnalysisOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Electronystagmography (ENG)
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SundayClosed
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Better Hearing Associates
(888) 439-0295
45 E 72nd St
New York, NY
Services
hearing loss prevention and treatmenttreatment of tinnitus
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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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Dina M Parolisi MS CCCA
(718) 521-4298
119-40 Metropolitan Ave Ste E1
Kew Gardens, NY
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OTO Health
(718) 340-3598
3803 31st Ave
Long Island City, NY
Services
hearing exams
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GB AUDIOLOGY, PLLC
(516) 858-2558
107 Northern Blvd Ste 309
Great Neck, NY
Services
GB AUDIOLOGY, PLLC provides the following hearing healthcare services in a most caring and attentive manner:Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations to determine the cause of your hearing problem;Hearing Aid Consulatations to choose the technology that best suits your hearing loss and your lifestyle;Hearing Aid Service and Repairs;Custom Ear Molds;Assistive Listening Devices;Pediatric Testing
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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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Audio Help Hearing Centers
(888) 559-4093
186 East 76th Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY
Services
The hearing and balance organs are highly complex structures and there are many potential causes for one or both to function abnormally. Audio Help Hearing Centers provides a full range of audiology services customized to your individual needs. Our hearing experts have the knowledge and technologies to help prevent, diagnose and rehabilitate hearing loss or dizziness that is not medically-treatable. In many cases, our professionals work collaboratively with your primary care provider, otolaryngo
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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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Harmony Hearing & Speech Center
(718) 577-1093
16124 84th St
Howard Beach, NY
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Complete Hearing Tests for adults and childrenHearing Aid Fittings and RepairsAssistive DevicesMost Insurances and Union Plans AcceptedMedicare WelcomeWeekend and Evening HoursHouse Calls Available for Special Situations
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SundayClosed ,Monday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday11:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday11:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday11:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday12:00 PM - 02:00 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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