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Real-Ear Testing Fort Wayne IN

Local resource for real-ear testing in Fort Wayne, 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.

Hearcare Professional
(260) 918-4362
5933 E State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN
Services
Loss of sleep Inability to relax Lack of concentration Hyperacusis, or sensitivity to loud sounds Anxiety and depression Negative impact on work, family, and social life
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Fort Wayne Hearing Center & Audiology
(260) 918-4365
9131 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
Hours
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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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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Knecht Audiology Inc.
(765) 588-3985
2606 Veterans Memorial Pkwy S Ste 1
Lafayette, IN
Services
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations for Children & Adults, Hearing Aid Batteries-purchase in office or by mail, Accessories for hearing aid maintenance, In house and manufacturer Repairs, Custom Ear molds, noise plugs, swim plugs, and musician ear plugs, Assistive listening devices, Alert devices, Adjustments & Cleaning for many brands of hearing aids, Access to complete range of hearing aid manufacturers with the latest technology, Consultations with school districts, Industrial screenings and evalu
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Acoustic Audio Services Of
(574) 203-0043
808 S Michigan St
South Bend, IN
Hours
SundayClosed
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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
Hours
SundayClosed
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Indiana Neuro-Ophthalmology
(765) 588-3946
3721 Rome Dr Ste A
Lafayette, IN
Services
Hearing Evaluation:If you are experiencing hearing problems, pain or fullness in the ear, or tinnitus (ringing in the ears), a hearing test may be helpful in determining whether hearing loss is present, the cause for hearing loss, and if your hearing loss may improve with hearing aids. The hearing test consists of three steps: * Otoscopy: A basic visual examination of the ear canal and eardrum. * Audiogram: This threshold test involves responding to tones of varying volume and pitch, and t
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Doctors Hearing Care, L.L.C.
(888) 905-9756
4212 Charlestown Rd Ste 3
New Albany, IN
Services
Audiology is a profession devoted to assessment and treatment of hearing loss. The goal of treatment is always better communication through better hearing. Often this includes the use of assitive technology in the form of hearing aids. However, hearing aids are only a small part of the treatment plan. The audiologist is the only professional who is specially trained on hearing aid technology, as well as incorporating hearing aid use into daily life to achieve the ultimate goal of better communic
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SundayClosed
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Audiology And Hearing Care
(812) 672-4064
1171 W Tipton St Ste J
Seymour, IN
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.
Hours
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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Ohio Valley ENT And Allergy
(888) 453-7186
2125 State St Ste 6
New Albany, IN
Services
AudiologyOur Audiology department is staffed with two Doctors of Audiology. Each Doctor holds Audiology licensure in Indiana and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology. They are both members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They have both gone through extensive training in order to offer the latest in hearing aid technology to all of our patients. Other services they provide are hearing evaluations and diagnostic
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 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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