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Real-Ear Testing La Plata MD

Local resource for real-ear testing in La Plata, MD. 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.

Hearing Professionals Inc
(301) 710-5804
3460 Old Washington Rd Ste 203
Waldorf, MD
Services
Amplified Telephones, TV Ears, Alarm Clocks with Shakers, Pocket Talkers, Doorbell Signalers, Smoke detectors
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Massa and Associates
(703) 436-2688
2616 Sherwood Hall Ln Ste 408
Alexandria, VA
Services
Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationHearing Device Fitting and ServiceOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)-Neonatal hearing screeningAuditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Electrocochleography (ECoG)Videonystagmography (VNG)Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Commonwealth Audiology (and Commonwealth ENT)
(703) 878-0777
2280 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Specialty
Diagnostic Audiology, Hearing Aid Fittings, General ENT, facial plastic surgery, allergy testing, sleep studies.
Gender
female audiologist, male ENT physician
Education
doctoral degree, M.D.
Associated Hospitals
Potomac Hospital, Fairfax Hospital
Professional Memberships
AAA, ASHA, AAOHNS, AASM

Johns Hopkins University
(410) 698-4779
10751 Falls Rd Falls Concourse / Ste 408
Lutherville Timonium, MD
Services
Johns Hopkins also has a campus near Rockville in Montgomery County, Md., and has academic facilities in Nanjing, China, and in Bologna, Italy. It maintains a network of continuing education facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington region, including centers in downtown Baltimore, in downtown Washington and in Columbia.
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Bowie Hearing Center
(301) 850-1236
3233 Superior Ln Ste B2
Bowie, MD
Services
* Comprehensive Hearing Test Evaluations *Tinnitus Evaluations and Treatment * The Latest Digital Hearing Aid Technology * Assistive Listening Devices * Custom Musician and Noise Protection Earplugs * Hearing Aid Accessories and More
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Advanced Hearing Lorton Office
(703) 436-2686
8986 Lorton Station Blvd Ste 201
Lorton, VA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALD''s) DemonstrationsAural RehabilitationComprehensive Audiological TestingHearing aid AccessoriesHearing Aid Checks/CleaningsHearing Aid ConsultationsHearing Aid Repairs/RemakesHearing Protection DevicesHigh Frequency AudiometryTo monitor ototoxicityImmittance TestingOtoacoustic EmissionsWe accept most major insurance companies.
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Insurance

Massa and Associates
(703) 436-2767
6355 Walker Ln Ste 411
Alexandria, VA
Services
Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationHearing Device Fittings and ServicesOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)-Neonatal hearing screeningAuditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Electrocochleography (ECoG)Videonystagmography (VNG)Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Dr. Gehris, Jordan And
(410) 942-9976
421 S Union Ave
Havre De Grace, MD
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Hearing Professionals Inc.
(301) 850-1218
4000 Mitchellville Rd Ste A202
Bowie, MD
Services
Hearing aids alone may not provide adequate assistance in all situations. As a supplement to hearing aids, a selection of assistive listening devices are available such as Amplified Telephones TV Ears Alarm Clocks with Shakers Pocket Talkers Doorbell Signalers Smoke detectors In addition, wireless FM and Bluetooth connectivity is also available for some televisions, telephones, cell phones, MP3 Players and computers. For more information on connectivity for your Bluetooth compatible hearing aids
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Insurance

The Hearing Assessment Center
(410) 670-8516
2014 S Tollgate Rd Ste 109
Bel Air, MD
Services
•Audiological Evaluation•Hearing Aid Evaluation and Despensing•Hearing Aid Testing and Repair•Real-ear measurements•Tympanometry•Acoustic Reflexes•Auditory Brain Stem Response•Central Auditory Processing Testing•Otoacoustic Emissions Testing•Dizziness evaluation/ENG/VNG•Electrochochleography•Preschool hearing evaluations•Earwax (cerumen) removal•Tinnitus evaluations and recommendations•Infant hearing screenings and follow
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

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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