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Real-Ear Testing Lancaster PA

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Otolaryngology Physicians of Lancaster
(717) 283-4608
810 Plaza Blvd
Lancaster, PA
Services
Diagnostic Audiologic EvaluationsHearing Aids and Wireless TechnologyCustom Noise ProtectionTinnitus TreatmentMedical Services for:Hearing LossDizziness and VertigoSinus and Nasal ProblemsSnoring and Sleep ApneaPediatric Ear,Nose and Throat DisordersHoarseness and Voice ProblemsThyroid and Parathyroid DisordersHead and Neck Cancer
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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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A & E Audiology Inc
(717) 207-8719
226 Willow Valley Lakes Dr Ste D
Willow Street, PA
Services
Hearing AidsAdvancements in digital technology have revolutionized what hearing aids can do. Each person''s hearing loss and listening needs are unique and one hearing aid is not appropriate for everyone. As audiologists we work with you to find the best solution for your hearing loss. We are proud to be one of the select offices in the United States to offer Lyric Hearing to its patients.Lyric is the first and only extended wear hearing device that is 100% invisible. Lyric is comfortably placed
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SundayOpen by Appointment ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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A & E Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, Inc
(888) 875-3485
1555 Highlands Dr Suite 101
Lititz, PA
Services
Lyric Lyric is the first and only extended wear hearing device that is 100% invisible. Lyric is comfortably placed in the ear canal by a Lyric trained hearing professional and can be worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months at a time. No surgery or anesthesia is required. Unlike many other hearing aids, Lyric is positioned completely inside the ear canal, so it uses your ear''s natural anatomy to provide exceptional sound quality. Lyric lets you hear better and live life to the full
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 ,Saturday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Advanced Hearing Care
(888) 715-3650
1200 E High St Ste 104
Pottstown, PA
Services
Advanced Hearing & Balance Care provides the following services: * Diagnostic hearing testing for ages 5 through adult * True-digital hearing aids * Hearing aid repairs & accessories * Industrial hearing testing & data analysis, in compliance with OSHA * Balance evaluation with Video-Nystagmography (VNG) * Non-medical therapy for Vertigo & imbalance Hearing - * True-Digital hearing aid technology by: o GN Resound o Sonic
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SundayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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The Good Samaritan Hospital
(717) 769-4536
1503 Quentin Rd
Lebanon, PA
Services
Inpatient | Outpatient | Home Health Care | RehabilitationPatient Financial
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Red Rose Hearing Center
(717) 207-8817
2229 Dutch Gold Dr
Lancaster, PA
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified professionals provide services to those from 2 yrs to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. We specialize in lifestyle needs with hearing system choices. In addition, we recommend & select assisting listening devices, hearing protection, musicians earplugs, an
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Buckbee Hearing Aid Center
(717) 207-9814
165 W Airport Rd
Lititz, PA
Services
PRODUCTS & SERVICESBuckbee Hearing Aid Center offers a variety of free services to its customers. These services include: * Consultation * Hearing evaluation - pure tone air and bone conduction, speech discrimination testing * Otoscopic evaluation * Hearing aid fitting and ear impressions * Hearing aid trial period * Service and cleanings for hearing aids purchased through us * Home visits * Medical referralOther services offered include: * Video otoscopy * Digital
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SundayClosed ,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
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Hearing & Ear Care Center
(717) 459-4032
806 W. Main St PO Box 375
Mount Joy, PA
Services
The latest in digital hearing aids * Hearing aid repairs * Hearing screenings * Tinnitus Retraining Therapy * Alternative Listening Devices * Home Visits * Custom hearing protection and swim plugs.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Keystone Hearing Solutions
(888) 471-9583
1130 W 4th St Ste 2
Lewistown, PA
Services
Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsNewborn, Infant and Pediatric Hearing TestingHearing Aid Sales and ServiceAssistive Listening Devices and Supplies
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Daniel A. Nesi MD Associates
(215) 259-5965
800 W State St Ste 200
Doylestown, PA
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SundayClosed
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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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