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Real-Ear Testing Jamaica NY

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Dina M Parolisi MS CCCA
(718) 521-4298
119-40 Metropolitan Ave Ste E1
Kew Gardens, NY
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Acousticon Of Flushing
(718) 878-4873
3901 Main St Ste 206
Flushing, NY
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Analog, programmable and digital hearing aids are available from a variety of manufacturers and in all sizes, from behind the ear to completely in-the-canal. We believe in providing the latest technology with personalized care. .Hearing Assistive TechnologyHearing Assistive Technology includes devices such as amplified telephones, cell phone accessories, television listening systems, alarm clocks, telephone and doorbell ring signalers, flashing smoke alarms, and personal listening systems to ass
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Ledbetter Audiology, PLLC
(516) 302-4272
990 Stewart Ave LL45
Garden City, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday10:00 PM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday10:00 PM - 01:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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ENT & Allergy Associates LLP
(516) 302-4271
901 Stewart Ave Ste 270
Garden City, NY
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Health Information Diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck negatively impact the lives of millions around the world. Our health information, created by our member physicians, provides a basic overview of diagnoses and treatment for many of these conditions.EarsConditions that impair ear function can be as minor as wax buildup or as serious as congenital deafness. This section contains valuable information about how to protect your hearing, how to recognize indications of
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Landa Communications Services
(718) 412-9440
108 Shore Rd
Flushing, NY
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Harmony Hearing & Speech Center
(718) 577-1093
16124 84th St
Howard Beach, NY
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Complete Hearing Tests for adults and childrenHearing Aid Fittings and RepairsAssistive DevicesMost Insurances and Union Plans AcceptedMedicare WelcomeWeekend and Evening HoursHouse Calls Available for Special Situations
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SundayClosed ,Monday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday11:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday11:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday11:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
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Hearing Health Associates, PC
(718) 475-6952
4205 Francis Lewis Blvd
Flushing, NY
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Complete Audiological Evaluations Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflex Testing Hearing Aid Evaluations Advanced Ear Mold Selection Skills Swim Plugs, Musician Plugs, etc. Wide Selection of Hearing Aids Hearing Aid Accessories Assistive Listening Devices Amplified Telephones Complete Hearing Health Care for Hearing Aids Quarterly Cleanings and Hearing Aid Checks Hearing Aid Repair, Loss/Damage and Loaner Services Batteries Provided for the Life of the Hearing Aid (5yrs max) Yearly Evaluations Compute
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Ear Works Audiology
(516) 279-3906
1100 Franklin Ave Ste 300
Garden City, NY
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Pure-tone audiometry is conducted in a soundproof booth where sounds will only be heard through earphones, speakers, or a headset “vibrator” placed behind the ear.
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LIJ Hearing Aid Dispensary
(718) 878-3782
430 Lakeville Rd
New Hyde Park, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Wilks Hearing Center
(516) 821-0689
290 Central Ave Ste 116
Lawrence, NY
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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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