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Real-Ear Testing Harrisburg PA

Local resource for real-ear testing in Harrisburg, PA. 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.

Pinnacle Health Systems
(717) 910-4046
3001 N 7th St
Harrisburg, PA
Services
Emergency DepartmentsEmergency Medical Services (EMS)Medical ServicesCancer CareDiabetes CareHeart CareImaging (Radiology)Lung CareNeurological Care (Brain & Nervous System Conditions)Primary and Specialty CareToxicology CenterSpecialized ServicesChildren''s HealthCommunity and Corporate WellnessHolistic TherapiesHome Care and HospiceLaboratory Services Men''s HealthMental/Behavorial Health Nutrition and Weight ManagementPain Management Palliative CareRehabilitative and Physical TherapySenior He
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SundayClosed
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ENT Surgery Group
(717) 910-4248
890 Poplar Church Rd Ste 300
Camp Hill, PA
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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A.O.P.
(717) 312-4852
34 Northeast Drive 3rd Floor
Hershey, PA
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SundayClosed
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Cathy Young Ma Ccc-A
(717) 589-4053
270 Old State Rd
Shermans Dale, PA
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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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Erichson Hearing Aid
(814) 806-2987
2716 Peach St
Erie, PA
Services
LIFETIME LISTENINGexclusively from Erichson Hearing Aid CenterLifetime Services Compare to Other Brands Contact Us TodayThe hallmark of Erichson Hearing Aid Center, Lifetime ListeningSM is a complete hearing healthcare program that guarantees you the best value in technology and service: Hearing evaluation by certified hearing specialist Personalized product selection and fitting Quarterly cleaning and adjustments Annual audiometric screenings ; Annual hearing aid evaluations
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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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A.O.P.
(717) 910-4005
880 Poplar Church Rd
Camp Hill, PA
Services
Audiology & Hearing AidsChildren''s ServicesEar ProblemsCochlear and Bone Anchored (BAHA) ImplantsSinusitisSinusitisVoice DisordersThroat and Swallowing ProblemsThyroid and Other Endocrine AbnormalitiesHead and Neck CancerAllergyVertigo, Dizziness, and Balance Disorders
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Duncan-Nulph
(717) 502-4082
5020 Ritter Rd Ste 106
Mechanicsburg, PA
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* Comprehensive Hearing Testing including air conduction, bone conduction, and speech reception/discrimination testing * Tympanometry to assess middle ear function * Hearing Aid Consultation * Hearing Aid Fitting focusing on the latest available hearing aid technology * Hearing Aid Service on most makes and models * Hearing Aid Verification using AudioScan. This high-tech test allows us to objectively determine if your hearing aids are providing adequate amplification and allows u
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hershey Medical Center
(717) 312-4120
500 University Dr PO Box 850
Hershey, PA
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Main Line Audiology Consultants, PC
(877) 250-7326
10000 Shannondell Drive
Audubon, PA
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Diagnostic audiometry Aural rehabilitation Behavioral audiometry Otoacoustic emissions testing Hearing instrument dispensing Tympanometry Hearing aid fitting, adjustments, and repairs Industrial hearing conservation and testing Assistive listening Devices Musicians'' in-the-ear monitors Musicians'' earmolds Swimmolds Central auditory testing Real ear measurements
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Janet Westlund Au.D
(610) 628-3006
2571 Baglyos Cir Ste B33
Bethlehem, PA
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Full diagnostic hearing and hearing aid evaluations . Hearing Aid fittings with the latest technology. Doctor of audiology credentials. Over 25 years of experience. Latest technology available for all hearing loss needs.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 01:30 PM by Appointment
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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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