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Midwest Ear Institute Inc.
(816) 479-4502
4200 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 100
Kansas City, MO
Ear and hearing disorders, such as hearing loss, acute and chronic ear infections, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), ear tumors, and impacted ear wax;- Dizziness and balance disorders, such as Meniere''s Disease, benign positional vertigo, labyrinthitis, and migranine-associated disequilibrium; and- Neurotological disorders, such as facial nerve disorders, acoustic neuroma, and hearing problems treated with cochlear implants
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Clear Hearing Aid Service
(913) 871-1027
4125 Somerset Dr Ste 202
Shawnee Mission, KS
*Same Day Appointments*Service all manufacturers*One of the only Oticon Specialist in the Kansas City Area
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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ENT Associates of Greater Kansas City, PA
(816) 295-6110
4880 NE Goodview Cir
Lees Summit, MO
•Adult and Pediatric Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation and Diagnosis•Dizziness and Balance Disorder Evaluation•State of the Art Hearing Aid Technology•Lifestyle-Focused Hearing Aid Consultation•Custom Noise Protection, Swim Plugs, and Musician’s Ear Plugs
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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Pease and Smith
(620) 860-4702
1712 E 23rd Ave
Hutchinson, KS
Doctors Pease and Smith are board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngolgoy and provide a broad range of care focused on the ear, nose, throat, head and neck. Brandy Ashely is an ASHA certified audiologist and works with Doctors Pease and Smith in diagnoising and treating disorders of the ear. Brandy also provides hearing aid services.
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 01:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Jozsa Hearing Centers, LLC
(316) 281-4066
500 N Main St Ste 212
Newton, KS
Hearing Tests: * Hearing Screenings * Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations * Tympanometry * Acoustic Reflex * Tone Decay * Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions Tinnitus & Hyperacousis Tests: * Loudness and Pitch Matching * Minimum Masking Levels * Residual Inhibition * Loudness Discomfort Levels Audiological EvaluationsAmong the many diagnostic tests offered at the center are audiograms for determining basic hearing ability and word recognition, middle ear analysis for evaluat
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Otologic Center Inc.
(816) 479-4516
3100 Broadway St Ste 509
Kansas City, MO
Medical/Non-SurgicalEar InfectionsHearing LossBalance DisordersDizzinessEar WaxMiddle Ear FluidFacial WeaknessMeniere’s DiseaseSudden Hearing LossTinnitusAcoustic NeuromaEustachian Tube ProblemsSurgicalChronic Ear InfectionsCholesteatomaOtosclerosisAcoustic NeuromaMeniere’s DiseaseCochlear ImplantationGlomus TumorsEustachian Tube Problems Services OfferedAUDIOLOGYDiagnostic Audiometry –The diagnositic hearing test involves testing both ears individually. Each ear’s sensit
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Northland ENT
(816) 479-4598
2521 Glenn Hendren Dr Ste 104
Liberty, MO
Custom Hearing Protection Northland Ear, Nose and Throat offers a wide variety of custom ear protection for noisy environments, musicians, swimmers and hunters. We also offer custom ear pieces for hands-free telephone use and for the iPod or other MP3 players.Hunters PlugsMusicians PlugsSwim PlugsHearing Aids : Learn about the different sizes of hearing aids and the levels of technology available today. * Shell Sizes * Technology * Explanation of Trial Period * Hearing Aid Manufactur
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Topeka ENT
(785) 783-4315
920 SW Lane Ste 200
Topeka, KS
Nasal and Sinus SurgeryVoice and Swallowing DisordersHead and Neck, Thyroid, Parathyroid SurgeriesPediatric ENT CareDizziness Disorders/ImbalancesHearing Disorders/Hearing AidsAllergy
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Marston Hearing Center, LLC
(785) 727-1897
1112 W 6th St Ste 100
Lawrence, KS
Marston Hearing Center has specialized in providing audiological services since 1975. We currently offer comprehensive hearing evaluations and hearing aid services. Minor in-house repairs are available for most brands and manufacturer repair is available for major hearing aid brands. We can also order and custom fit musician earplugs, mp3 earpieces, and cell phone boom mic earpieces. We are available to meet your hearing needs Monday-Friday from 9-4 or by special appointment.
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(316) 665-4689
8700 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS
Hearing Center ServicesPerhaps you suspect you have a hearing loss, Heartspring Hearing Center can help you learn more about hearing and hearing healthcare. The Hearing Center has certified audiologists who provide a variety of services to individuals of all ages. We offer hearing evaluations, a full range of hearing aids, helpful listening devices, video otoscopy, noise protection and musican ear plugs. Please call for an appointment or to learn more about how the Heartspring Hearing Center may
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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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