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Real-Ear Testing Green Bay WI

Local resource for real-ear testing in Green Bay, WI. 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.

Wisconsin Hearing Service
(920) 367-0557
1566 W Mason St Ste 2
Green Bay, WI
Services
Hearing AidsHearing instruments are available from several manufacturers. We will match technology to your needs and lifestyle, as well as your budget. We believe in providing the latest technology with the greatest of personalized care - this includes walking you through the adjustment period and providing you with education regarding hearing aid use and care. Aural Rehabilitation and auditory training are also part of the process that allows you to get the best use of your hearing and your hea
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SundayClosed
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Aurora St Lukes Medical Ctr
(414) 375-0185
2900 W Oklahoma Ave
Milwaukee, WI
Services
Aurora PharmacyWomen''s health care servicesSenior servicesCardiac careCancer careBehavioral healthComplementary medicineNeuroscience servicesRehabilitationAurora QuickCareUrgent Care and Walk-In
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Affinity Medical Group
(920) 486-4172
1501 S Madison St
Appleton, WI
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Hearing is one of our most important senses, because it helps us communicate with the world around us. Hearing problems and balance disorders can negatively impact your quality of life, but Affinity Health System wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. Affinity’s Audiology department has locations in Oshkosh, Neenah and Appleton, so expert hearing care is right in your neighborhood.Areas of CareAffinity’s Audiology department cares for many types of hearing, balance and ear disorders, including:
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Southwest Health Center
(608) 433-9488
1400 Eastside Rd Attn: Audiology
Platteville, WI
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hudson Hearing Clinic
(715) 954-4000
401 Stageline Rd Ste 6
Hudson, WI
Services
Diagnostic TestingENG Test – ElectronystagmogramTinnitus Evaluation and TreatmentDispensing of Digital Hearing AidsHearing Aid Checks and ServicingAssistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Hearing Screening for InfantsTEPP/TAP program.
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Aurora Wilkenson Medical Ctr
(262) 326-2092
36500 Aurora Dr
Oconomowoc, WI
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SundayClosed
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Aurora Advanced
(262) 375-3700
215 Washington St Cedar Creek Center
Grafton, WI
Services
Aurora Advanced Healthcare offers Walk-In Services seven days a week at six clinic locations in the greater Milwaukee area, with no appointment required.Our Walk-In Services department primarily responds to minor injuries and illnesses that may not require a trip to the hospital or emergency room. Medical care including children''s cuts, sudden sprains or severe cold symptoms can be treated quickly and effectively at any of Aurora Advanced Healthcare''s Walk-In Services locations. Each Walk-In S
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Beaver Dam Family Hearing Care
(920) 319-4738
Vita Park Medical Clinics 705 S University Ave Ste 170
Beaver Dam, WI
Services
Beaver Dam Family Hearing Care provides comprehensive audiology care and services to people of all ages. No matter your hearing needs, we are committed to deliver excellence with a "People First" philosophy.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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St. Croix Hearing Center
(888) 703-8545
208 S Adams St
Saint Croix Falls, WI
Services
Comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid dispensing and service.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 AM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 AM by Appointment ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 AM by Appointment ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology & Hearing Services
(920) 486-4170
2245 S Oneida St
Appleton, WI
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Hearing aid evaluation and consultation
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SundayClosed
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Insist on Real-Ear Testing

Answers to Your Questions about Hearing Loss Issues  

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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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