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Real-Ear Testing Goodyear AZ

Local resource for real-ear testing in Goodyear, AZ. 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.

Biltmore ENT
(623) 738-3695
13555 W McDowell Rd Ste 202
Goodyear, AZ
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Metro Hearing Service
(623) 738-2181
13203 N 103rd Ave Ste J4
Sun City, AZ
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SundayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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PurTone Hearing Centers
(623) 738-3691
14537 W Grand Ave Ste 120
Surprise, AZ
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PurTone Complete Concierge, a comprehensive service package that includes our 65 Day Best Price Guarantee, our 65 Day Better Hearing Guarantee, Free Batteries for Life, Free Vacation Loaner Devices, Free Worry-Free for Life Service & Cleanings, Free Device Adjustments, Free Dome Replacements, Free Ear Cleanings and Free Courtesy Transportation.
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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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Arizona Audiology & Hearing
(623) 207-8239
13540 West Camino Del Sol Ste 20
Sun City West, AZ
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* Diagnostic Testing Diagnostic evaluations of hearing loss including air and bone puretones, uncomfortable levels, speech discrimination for individual ears and binaurally. Middle ear dysfunction, such as, otitis media (middle ear infection) and Eustachian tube dysfunction can be measured using a tympanogram. * Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment Tinnitus matching and treatment with either hearing technology or supplements are available. Referral for tinnitus retraining is available
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Thunderbird Internal Medicine
(602) 457-3814
5620 W Thunderbird Rd Ste F1
Glendale, AZ
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Bone Density We have a Hologic Bone Densitometer that is used to evaluate the strength of the bones in the spine and hip. Women over 50 or postmenopausal are at risk for osteoporosis and should have a bone density performed. In addition others at risk include those who have been on certain medications (prednisone) are at risk. Electrocardiogram (EKG) Electrocardiograms are tracings of the electrical activity of the heart. There are many conditions that can show abnormalities in the tra
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Audioear Hearing Aids and Audiology
(623) 207-8236
10404 W Coggins Dr Ste 110
Sun City, AZ
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We offer the widest range of hearing services including; an free interview, visual and diagnostic examinations, audiometric pure tone and bone conduction testing, speech evaluations to measure how well you understand conversation at different volumes and the potential of any treatments, treatment options including referral to physician for correctable problems via surgery and implants, specialized assistive device products on display to help with or without hearing aids. Trust and integrity are
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,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
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Audioear Hearing Aids
(623) 242-5720
18747 N Reems Rd Ste 540
Surprise, AZ
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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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Arizona ENT Physicians
(623) 738-2195
13949 W Meeker Blvd Ste C
Sun City West, AZ
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Arizona ENT Physicians is a full-service Otolaryngology practice with an emphasis on Audiology and Surgery of the Head and Neck.AudiologyOur Doctor of Audiolgy has over 20 years of experience and is certified by the American Speech Language-Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology and is licensed by the States of Arizona and New York as an audiologist/licensed hearing aid dispenser. This expertise, coupled with access to the most technologically advanced diagnostic tools and rehabi
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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PurTone Hearing Centers
(623) 201-4384
8272 W Lake Pleasant Pkwy Ste 206
Peoria, AZ
Services
PurTone Complete Concierge, a comprehensive service package that includes our 65 Day Best Price Guarantee, our 65 Day Better Hearing Guarantee, Free Batteries for Life, Free Vacation Loaner Devices, Free Worry-Free for Life Service & Cleanings, Free Device Adjustments, Free Dome Replacements, Free Ear Cleanings and Free Courtesy Transportation.Free comprehensive hearing exams and consultationsFitting of digital hearing aids for adult patientsVideo otoscopyCustom musician’s monitors and ear
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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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Metro Hearing Services
(602) 457-1937
13934 N 59th Ave Ste 120
Glendale, AZ
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Hearing RehabilitationBalance / TinnitusBalance ProgramBalance/DizzinessTinnitusIndustrial AudiologyOSHA / Industrial testingCurrent ClientsPatient TestimonialsLoginHomeHistoryLocationsAppointmentsContact Us Arizona Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss and Tinnitus ClinicIt is indeed a pleasure having you as a visitor. At Metro Hearing Services, it is our goal to help you understand more about the functions of the ear and the causes of hearing loss. As a patient at any of our five offices, you are the mos
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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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