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Real-Ear Testing Kalamazoo MI

Local resource for real-ear testing in Kalamazoo, MI. 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.

Constance Brown Hearing Centers
(269) 200-4025
1634 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
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Industrial Audiology Free Hearing Aid Cleaning Speaker Bureau Getting More From Your Hearing Aids Diagnostic hearing evaluations to identify the degree and type of hearing loss, with medical or other professional consultation and referral, as indicated.Hearing aid evaluation and prescription to ensure the most appropriate selection and use.Fitting, adjustments and client training for effective hearing aid use. Thirty day evaluation with prescribed hearing aids to ensure satisfaction.Industrial A
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Paragon Health PC
(269) 200-4021
501 S Drake Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
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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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Michigan Medical PC
(616) 431-4049
4969 Lake Dr SE Ste # 315
Grand Rapids, MI
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Our Specialties & ServicesBelow is a listing of the specialties and services mmpc offers. Click on a specific specialty to learn more. mmpc has over 200 physicans throughout West Michigan including the areas of Coopersville, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Greenville, Holland, Rockford and Zeeland. American Cancer Society Cattle Barron''s Ball 2010 Sponsor Allergy/Immunology Arthritis SpecialistsAudiology Bariatric Surgery Breast Care ServicesCardiovascular ServicesCenter for A
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Professional Hearing Svcs. Ltd
(269) 932-4033
511 Renaissance Dr Ste 100
Saint Joseph, MI
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SundayClosed
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Marquette General Hospital
(906) 373-8640
580 W College Ave
Marquette, MI
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Diabetic ServicesEmergency DepartmentEmployee Assistance ProgramFastCareHand SurgeryMemory Loss CenterOccupational MedicineOrgan DonationPain ANetworkPatient AccessPlastic SurgeryRespiratory CareSports Medicine InstituteTelehealthVascular ServicesVolunteersMetabolic & Bariatric ServicesNon-Surgical Weight Mgt.Surgical Weight Mgt. Weight QuestionsFood & Nutrition ServicesNorth Country Cafe MenuAnalysis of Food ItemsRecipesNutrition and Wellness/DiabetesNutritional CounselingNutrition and Medicine
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Western Michigan University-
(269) 200-4026
1000 Oakland Dr
Kalamazoo, MI
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SundayClosed
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Paragon Health PC
(269) 200-4021
501 S Drake Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
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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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Ear Center Audiology
(313) 449-8591
21142 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Services
Personalized & Professional CareFree Hearing ScreeningsFree Hearing EvaluationsFree Trial Product DemonstrationsOn-Site Repair LabFully Digital and Programmable Hearing Aids with many style and price options Same Day FitInterest-Free Financing Availible
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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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Henry Ford Health System
(586) 580-8767
14500 Hall Rd
Sterling Heights, MI
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SundayClosed
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Dynamic Audiology Inc.
(888) 317-9176
3410 Belle Chase Way Ste 700
Lansing, MI
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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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