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Real-Ear Testing Keene NH

Local resource for real-ear testing in Keene, NH. 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.

Sound Advice Hearing Centers
(603) 399-5091
294 West St Ste 2A
Keene, NH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Crotched Mountain Rehab Center
(603) 547-9700
1 Verney Dr
Greenfield, NH
Services
Crotched Mountain has earned a reputation for excellence through serving the needs of people with disabilities and their families for more than 50 years. Our rehabilitation center is located on the southern slope of Crotched Mountain in Greenfield, NH surrounded by a 1,400-acre woodland preserve. We invite you to learn more about the people, programs and resources that make Crotched Mountain a destination for people with disabilities and their families.-------------------------------------------
Hours
SundayClosed
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene
(603) 399-5048
117 Railroad St
Keene, NH
Hours
SundayClosed
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Seacoast Hearing Center
(603) 379-6031
599 Lafayette Road Unit 2
Portsmouth, NH
Services
* Audiometric Evaluations: Adults Comprehensive hearing evaluation including speech, air and bone conduction testing * Hearing Aid checks Complete cleaning, retubing and listening check of the instrument. May also include replacement of battery door, trimmer cover and wax spring. * Hearing Aid evaluations Consultation and discussion of patient’s options based on brief personal history and audiometric results. Demo of hearing instrument also available. * Hearing Aid:
Hours
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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Sound Advice Hearing Centers
(603) 399-5091
294 West St Ste 2A
Keene, NH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene
(603) 399-5048
117 Railroad St
Keene, NH
Hours
SundayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Center LLC
(888) 451-7523
130 Tarrytown Rd
Manchester, NH
Services
Repairs, Maintenance, Cleanings, 2 Year Warranty ON ALL HEARING AIDS SOLD.Our staff emphasizes ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aids. We encourage all of our patients to come in for a regular hearing aid evaluation and cleaning.
Hours
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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Dr Woods Hearing Center, LLC
(603) 889-7434
76 Allds St
Nashua, NH
Services
Dr. Woods will conduct a diagnostic hearing evaluation and provide results and recommendations regarding the type of hearing loss and treatment options available. She also conducts tinnitus (ringing in the ears) evaluations and treatment options, hearing aid fittings and hearing protection.
Hours
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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Southern NH Rehab Center
(603) 769-3104
460 Amherst St
Nashua, NH
Services
The Medical Center offers many services not usually found in a community hospital setting, such as kidney care and newborn intensive care. With our ties to centers of excellence like Massachusetts General Hospital, Lahey Clinic, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and Childrens Hospital, your care - wherever it needs to be- is always in the best hands. The best doctors choose the best hospital, and the best hospitals choose each other. Follow the department list to your left, or use the topic li
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Sunday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Monday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Tuesday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Wednesday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Thursday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Friday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Saturday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic
(603) 276-3812
1 Medical Center Dr
Lebanon, NH
Services
The office of Community Health Improvement & Benefits (CHIB) uses public health principles, which view all the people in our service area as one patient, to promote good health community-wide.
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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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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