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Real-Ear Testing Jersey City NJ

Local resource for real-ear testing in Jersey City, NJ. 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.

New York Hearing Center Inc
(888) 860-8963
128 Mott St Ste 509
New York, NY
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A wide range of hearing health care services is available for individuals of all ages. Our professionals are skilled in the areas of childhood hearing loss, adult diagnostic procedures, hearing aid selection and provision, assistive listening technology, listening skills related to learning disabilities, and development of effective communication skills through aural rehabilitation.•Hearing assessment for all ages•Hearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids,
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Center For Hearing and Communication
(917) 267-2717
50 Broadway Fl 6
New York, NY
Services
CHC meets all your hearing and communication needs through professional services that provide the highest level of clinical expertise and technical know-how available in the hearing healthcare field. Audiology:State-of-the-art hearing testing and hearing aid fitting, special expertise in evaluating and providing hearing aids to very young infants and children, free hearing screenings, tinnitus therapy, Mobile Hearing Test Unit, assistive devices training and more.Otology:Board Certified ENT Phy
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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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Brooklyn Audiology Assoc. PC
(718) 285-9821
142 Joralemon St Suite 8 B - 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY
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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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New York Hearing Services
(888) 446-7806
425 W 59th St Fl 10 All Suites
New York, NY
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SundayClosed
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MCEM
(646) 217-4760
161 Madison Ave Rm 10SW
New York, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 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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Audio Help Hearing Centers (Formerly at St. Vincent''s Hospital)
(888) 678-7409
314 W 14th St Floor 2
New York, NY
Services
The hearing and balance organs are highly complex structures and there are many potential causes for one or both to function abnormally. Audio Help Hearing Centers provides a full range of audiology services customized to your individual needs. Our hearing experts have the knowledge and technologies to help prevent, diagnose and rehabilitate hearing loss or dizziness that is not medically-treatable. In many cases, our professionals work collaboratively with your primary care provider, otolaryngo
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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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New York Eye And Ear Infirmary
(888) 471-8163
310 East 14th Street Hearing Aid Dept.
New York, NY
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Our Major SpecialtiesOphthalmology (eye)Otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat)Plastic & Reconstructive SurgeryOther Medical ServicesAllergy & ImmunologyMedical PhotographyPain ManagementPathology & Laboratory MedicinePharmacyRadiologySleep CenterPatient Care ServicesNursingSocial WorkSupport GroupsNon-Medical DepartmentsAlumni AssociationContinuing Medical EducationDevelopmentHuman ResourcesMedical AffairsMedical RecordsVolunteer Services
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SundayClosed
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William Shapiro MA
(888) 860-5843
530 1st Ave Ste 3-E
New York, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,Tuesday12:30 PM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,Thursday12:30 PM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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Park Avenue Acoustics
(888) 905-6476
274 Madison Ave Ste 1203
New York, NY
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Monday through Friday.
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SundayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Audionics
(888) 902-0396
515 Madison Ave Rm 2302
New York, NY
Services
Audionics has been providing the highest quality hearing and hearing aid care to New Yorkers for over 50 years. Our mature, licensed and certified audiology staff provides the most up-to-date technology and experience with complex hearing problems, as well as personalized hearing care.We serve adults, infants and children, providing a full range of hearing care and hearing aid services in a relaxed, caring atmosphere at convenient neighborhood locations.
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Insist on Real-Ear Testing

Answers to Your Questions about Hearing Loss Issues  

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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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