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Real-Ear Testing Iowa City IA

Local resource for real-ear testing in Iowa City, IA. 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.

ENT Medical Services PC
(319) 471-4196
2615 Northgate Dr
Iowa City, IA
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Services available in our office include: Diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer Diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, sinus, thyroid and parathyroid disorders Diagnosis & treatment of sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia and restless leg syndrome CPAP & Somnoplasty treatment for sleep apnea, snoring & nasal congestion Diagnosis & treatment of inhalant allergies Pediatric ENT: tonsil, adenoid and ear tube placement Hearing restoration and hearing aids Audiograms Evaluation and treatment of ba
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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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Mid-State Hearing Aid Center
(319) 471-4215
417 10th Ave
Coralville, IA
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SundayClosed
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Audiology Consultants, P.C.
(877) 341-9543
2215 E 52nd St Ste 2
Davenport, IA
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Diagnostic hearing tests, hearing aid dispensing, diagnostic VNG testins
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Mid-State Hearing Aid Center
(319) 471-4215
417 10th Ave
Coralville, IA
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SundayClosed
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Wolfe Clinic Pc
(888) 471-4259
309 E Church St
Marshalltown, IA
Services
At Wolfe Eye Clinic, we provide a complete range of services including comprehensive eye care, hearing services and assistance with disorders of the ear, nose and throat. Our physicians provide comprehensive diagnostic services and personalized treatment using the most current, state-of-the-art equipment and procedures available. We apply the latest techniques and the most advanced technology in order to provide the highest quality care possible. In addition to general services, the physicians a
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Iowa Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers
(319) 471-4190
PO Box 5637
Coralville, IA
Services
Hearing evaluation by Doctors of Audiology at all sites. Diagnosis and audiologic management/treatment of hearing problems Hearing aid prescription and fitting, using the latest digital hearing aid technology available. Speech mapping - documentation of hearing benefits Personalized Auditory Rehabilitation Program Comprehensive Patient Care Program Ear cleaning (wax removal) In-home, nursing home and hospital evaluations and follow up In-house hearing aid repair lab Handicapped accessibility at
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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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Berry Hearing Aid & Audiology Centers
(888) 903-4460
9 N 18th St
Fort Dodge, IA
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Hearing Evaluations for infants through adults, hearing aid sales & service, aural habilitation, assistive listening devices, swim molds, custom sound protection molds, etc.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Services Of Iowa
(515) 337-8259
724 Allen St
Boone, IA
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Kayser Hearing Aid
(515) 657-6467
3529 E 26th St
Des Moines, IA
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Associates PC
(866) 963-1574
250 S Crescent Dr
Mason City, IA
Services
At Hearing Associates our licensed audiologists offer comprehensive services for all of your hearing needs. We perform hearing evaluations on individuals of all ages, ranging from newborns to adults. Our state-of-the-art Life Sound Suites simulate real-life situations to better understand and analyze the communication difficulties experienced in our patients’ daily activities. Our full list of audiological services includes:
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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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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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