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Real-Ear Testing Hollywood FL

Local resource for real-ear testing in Hollywood, FL. 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.

Clear Tone Hearing Center, LLC.
(954) 889-3687
500 N Hiatus Rd Ste 101
Pembroke Pines, FL
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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Nova Southeastern University
(954) 793-4350
3600 S University Dr
Davie, FL
Services
A tour of the NSU campus is an architectural and intellectual feast, with cutting-edge research and learning facilities at every turn. Encompassing 300 acres on the western edge of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is the modern-day embodiment of Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a university as society’s intellectual and cultural hub.At the heart of it all is the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center—situated between a sparkling lake and wide-open green spa
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SundayClosed
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West Med Hearing & Balance
(954) 828-0433
201 NW 82nd Ave Ste 406
Plantation, FL
Services
Diagnostic hearing evaluation for adults, children and infants.Hearing aid evaluation, dispensing and service. All hearing aids fit on 30-day trial basis Evaluation and treatment for dizziness. Tinnitus EvaluationEvaluation for Cochlear Implant CandidacyElectrophysiological studies of hearing and balance: Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) Balance (ENG) testing.Newborn
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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 - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Cleveland Clinic Florida
(954) 376-3017
2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd
Weston, FL
Hours
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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Northeast Hearing Center Inc.
(954) 633-8673
5333 N Dixie Hwy Ste 105
Oakland Park, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Greater Miami Ear Assoc PL
(954) 889-6586
3850 Hollywood Blvd Ste 401
Hollywood, FL
Hours
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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A. Bel Audiology Associates
(954) 889-3675
1861 NW 123rd Ave
Pembroke Pines, FL
Services
Hearing Diagnostic TestingHearing AidsSecond Opinions/Hearing Aid ReprogrammingBalance TestingIn-Ear MonitorsSound Level TestingSpecialty Ear MoldsRace Car ReceiversHearing AidsAssistive Listening DevicesTinnitus EvaluationsTreatment
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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HEAR RITE - Innovative Hearing Solutions
(954) 376-6801
150 N University Dr Ste 220
Plantation, FL
Services
Hearing Evaluations, Hearing Instrument Repairs, Assisted Listening Devices, Hearing Instrument Cleaning and Servicing, Video Otoscope, Hearing Instrument Demonstrations. Spanish Speaking.
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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Center For Hearing And
(954) 633-5806
2900 W Cypress Creek Rd
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Services
1,435,912 Floridians have a significant hearing loss. In Broward County the hard of hearing population approaches approximately 146,984 with an additional 8,375 categorized as Deaf. Hearing aids can offer dramatic improvement for around 95% of hearing losses.The effects of hearing loss are complex. Hearing impairment often causes or is clustered with medical, financial, physical and emotional complications, like anxiety and a sense of isolation. A communicative challenge such as hearing loss not
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Hearing Aids Associates, Inc
(954) 357-0353
6221 N University Dr
Tamarac, FL
Services
OUR SERVICES: * Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations * Digital State-Of-The-Art Hearing Aids * All-make Hearing Aid Repairs * Hearing Aid Adjustments * Free Cleaning of your Present Hearing Aid(s) * Wireless Connectivity to your Cell Phone or TV * Hearing Protection for Work and Leisure * Hearing Education for Patients, Family Members and Caretakers
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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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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