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Real-Ear Testing Joliet IL

Local resource for real-ear testing in Joliet, IL. 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.

Loyola Center For Health
(708) 390-0279
15750 Marian Dr
Homer Glen, IL
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Loyola Hearing Center
(708) 298-0294
6440 Main St Ste 120
Woodridge, IL
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Dr. P. Keni
(708) 487-6164
6600 W College Dr
Palos Heights, IL
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Center Inc.
(630) 225-7056
636 Raymond Dr Ste 203
Naperville, IL
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The Hearing Health Center is renowned for their skill in comprehensive hearing assessments, diagnosing and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders, and prescribing and individually tuning every type of hearing instrument and personal communication device available.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 AM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 07:00 AM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment
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Ear Nose & Throat Associates
(708) 390-0282
7350 W College Dr Ste 208
Palos Heights, IL
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ServicesEar, Nose and Throat Associates PC has been servicing the tri-state area since 1953. Throughout the years we have grown in both size and expertise. Currently we have three offices in Fort Wayne along with 10 clinics throughout the surrounding area.Providing patient care are 11 board certified otolaryngologists, along with an experienced staff of audiologists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, nurses and support personnel. We strive to provide the most up to date medical and surgi
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Affordable Hearing Solutions
(630) 608-4504
1935 Springbrook Square Drive Suite 109
Naperville, IL
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Sertoma Speech & Hearing Ctr.
(708) 321-4073
10409 S Roberts Rd
Palos Hills, IL
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or 32 years, we have provided all our patients (closing in on a quarter million) with unsurpassed professional care regardless of their financial circumstances. In fact, since opening our first clinic, not a single patient has been denied our care because of their ability to pay. Our patients — from newborns to senior adults — receive the finest diagnostic services, treatment counseling, rehabilitation, and one-on-one personal care.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 07:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 07:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Christ Hospital & Medical Ctr.
(708) 321-4054
12350 South Harlem Avenue
Palos Heights, IL
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Steinwart Audiology & Speech
(630) 608-4576
1411 S Bridge St
Yorkville, IL
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Dr''s. Girgis And Associates
(630) 230-1425
908 N Elm St Ste 306
Hinsdale, IL
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Our full range of services include the medical and surgical treatment of problems of the ear, nose, throat, sinus, head, neck, thyroid and facial aesthetics. In addition, we provide state-of-the-art audiologic evaluations, hearing aid devices, CT scan imagery, diagnostic and therapeutic sleep studies.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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