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Real-Ear Testing Hartford CT

Local resource for real-ear testing in Hartford, CT. 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.

Hearing Improvement Center LLC
(860) 218-9422
28 N Main St
West Hartford, CT
Services
Getting Hearing Aids Once you have told us your history and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements:•Which ear has a problem hearing?•Which style of hearing aid is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital?•Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automaticall
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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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Advanced Hearing Solutions
(860) 640-4721
340 Broad St
Windsor, CT
Services
The services which we offer fall into distinct categories which are listed below. Please click on the service which is of intest to you. A brief description follows. For more information, you might check the Hearing Library link in our main menu, or call us directly to discuss a procedure or service.Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Assistive listening devices are used to maximize hearing using instruments which may or may not be used in conjunction with a hearing aid. These instruments fall int
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SundayClosed
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ProHealth Hearing Center
(860) 269-3835
21 South Rd Ste 112
Farmington, CT
Services
Services provided include hearing testing and treatment, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, tinnitus management, hearing aid repairs, assitive listening devices, custom hearing protection, and swim molds. Patients are generally seen within one week from time of referral or inquiry.
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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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The Hearing Center Of
(860) 265-4070
145 Hazard Ave Ste C
Enfield, CT
Services
The Hearing Center of Asheville offers the area''s most comprehensive center for audiology care and hearing aid service.*Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations*State-of-the-Art Digital Hearing Aid Fittings*Tinnitus Evaluation and Retraining Therapy*Otoacoustic Emissions & Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry*Custom Ear Protection*On-site Lab for In-house Repairs
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SundayClosed ,Monday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Easter Seal Rehab Center
(203) 599-0119
158 State St
Meriden, CT
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Improvement Center
(860) 264-1029
919 Silas Deane Hwy
Wethersfield, CT
Services
Getting Hearing AidsTest & AudiometryThe Ear ImpressionThe FittingFollow-up Care
Hours
SundayClosed
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The Hearing Center of Glastonbury, LLC
(860) 266-4539
799 Hebron Ave
Glastonbury, CT
Services
What We Do: The Hearing Center of Glastonbury offers a full range of diagnostic audiologic services including comprehensive audiologic assessments, middle ear assessments, Otoacoustic Emission testing (OAE), industrial hearing testing, school screenings and Tinnitus evaluation and management programs. Our rehabilitative services include the latest digital hearing systems including the newest invisible hearing solutions as well as a full line of assistive communication devices. These may includ
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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 - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Joanne Cyr Calloghan
(860) 516-8116
72 Pine St
Bristol, CT
Services
We are a full service practice offering the latest in hearing techniques and technology. My name is Joanne Cyr-Callaghan and I have been licensed by the State of Connecticut as a Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist for more than 20 years. I also hold a State of Connecticut, LPN license. Each and every year I attend educational meetings and courses to keep up with the changes in hearing instruments.
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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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Hearing Health & Wellness Center, LLC
(860) 863-4688
710 Main St Ste 8
Plantsville, CT
Services
Hearing Health & Wellness Center, LLC offers most major brands of hearing instruments and provides patient and family counseling for effective hearing aid use. Follow up care as well as assistive listening devices, such as TV Ears are available. Custom earmolds for hearing aids, MP3 players, handsfree telephone earpieces, swim plugs, musician sound plugs and hearing protection are available. No interest and low interest payment plans are available. If hearing loss is suspected, call Hearing Heal
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Solutions
(860) 640-4721
340 Broad St
Windsor, CT
Services
The services which we offer fall into distinct categories which are listed below. Please click on the service which is of intest to you. A brief description follows. For more information, you might check the Hearing Library link in our main menu, or call us directly to discuss a procedure or service.Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Assistive listening devices are used to maximize hearing using instruments which may or may not be used in conjunction with a hearing aid. These instruments fall int
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SundayClosed
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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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