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Real-Ear Testing Kingsport TN

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Holston Medical Group
(423) 343-4074
105 West Stone Drive Ste 4D
Kingsport, TN
Services
Ambulatory Surgery Centers Audiology Behavioral Health Clinical Research Healthy U Hospital Team Integrated Health Management Laboratory & X-Ray Long Term Care Outpatient Diagnostic Centers Rehabilitation Sleep Centers Urgent Care
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mountain Empire Eye Physicians
(423) 217-4331
3185 W State St Ste 2010
Bristol, TN
Hours
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Elite Audiology and Hearing
(615) 800-6329
541 N Mt Juliet Rd Suite 2204
Mount Juliet, TN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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Allied Hearing Care Inc.
(888) 458-5467
110 Glancy St Ste 214
Goodlettsville, TN
Services
•Testing for all ages - from newborns to adults•Comprehensive medical diagnostic audiometric testing•Tympanometric or impedance testing•Acoustic reflex•Otoacoustic emissions•Balance evaluations (Electronystagmography)•Tinnitus evaluations & management•Cochlear implant candidacy testing•Assistive listening devices for the telephone, cell phone, TV & more•Custom ear molds for swimming, protection in noise, music and sound level monitors•Blueto
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Fairfield Glade Hearing Center
(931) 231-8075
126 Stonehenge Dr PO Box 1909
Crossville, TN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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East Tennessee Hearing Center
(423) 218-4372
112 E Myrtle Ave Ste 504
Johnson City, TN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Center at Holston Valley Medical Center
(432) 224-5540
ASHA
Kingsport, TN
Specialty
Hearing loss in adults and children
Education
Master's Degree
Associated Hospitals
Holston Valley Medical Center
Professional Memberships
Audiologists

Audiology & Hearing Health
(615) 713-1427
3443 Dickerson Pike Ste 650
Nashville, TN
Services
Comprehensive Audiology Services: Advanced Hearing aid sales and service, Vestibular balance diagnostics, Tinnitus treatment, Musicians monitors, Hearing protection, Assistive devices and counseling. Performance analysis, testing and comparison of all hearing aid makes and models.
Hours
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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Holston Medical Group
(423) 343-4074
105 West Stone Drive Ste 4D
Kingsport, TN
Services
Ambulatory Surgery Centers Audiology Behavioral Health Clinical Research Healthy U Hospital Team Integrated Health Management Laboratory & X-Ray Long Term Care Outpatient Diagnostic Centers Rehabilitation Sleep Centers Urgent Care
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Memphis Hearing Aid
(901) 726-3043
7675 Wolf River Cir Ste 101
Memphis, TN
Hours
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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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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