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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

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

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

Carroll County Health
(888) 457-8177
290 S Center St
Westminster, MD
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Clarity Audiology and Hearing Solutions, LLC
(410) 988-4075
3460 Ellicott Center Drive Suite #102
Ellicott City, MD
Services
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,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

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

Gerald Reed MD
(301) 703-9067
27 W 7th St
Frederick, MD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Sound Advice Hearing Aid Centers
(410) 713-4548
1118 E Main St
Salisbury, MD
Services
We offer these services to all our patients: The only practice on the Eastern Shore to offer Live Speech Mapping (scientific fitting verification) Free hearing evaluations for adults; Comprehensive hearing aid fittings; adjustments; 30 day trial period; Hearing aid repair; programming; Assistive listening devices; Access to the most technologically advanced instruments available
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

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
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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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