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Real-Ear Testing Fort Wayne IN

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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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Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

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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E N T Associates Of
(812) 671-0959
2920 S McIntire Dr Ste 350 - Attn: Kristin Baar
Bloomington, IN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Purdue University
(765) 588-1427
500 Oval Dr
West Lafayette, IN
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

O''Brien Hearing Center
(812) 291-1341
2003 Hart St
Vincennes, IN
Services
As a service to our patients, we are pleased to offer the CareCredit (SoundChoice) card, the nation''s leading patient payment plan. With CareCredit you can finance 100% of your hearing expenses and there are no upfront costs, no annual fees, and no pre-payment penalties. So, you can begin care today and conveniently pay with low, monthly payments. CareCredit offers several payment plans so you can find one that works best for you. With the popular No Interest Payment Plans* there are no interes
Hours
SundayClosed
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Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

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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Associated ENT Specialists PC
(219) 476-3172
2802 Leonard Dr
Valparaiso, IN
Services
We are a private four physician group board certified in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, and Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. We provide comprehensive care for adults and children in all aspects of medical and surgical diseases related to the ear, nose, and throat. We place a strong emphasis on quality service from a caring staff delivered in a timely fashion. Please click on the links below and to the left to learn more about our practice and services provided…
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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St Vincents Zionsville
(317) 973-0771
10801 N Michigan Rd Ste 200
Zionsville, IN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sound Hearing Solutions LLC
(812) 302-4009
5536 25th St
Columbus, IN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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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
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

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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