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Real-Ear Testing Lansing MI

Local resource for real-ear testing in Lansing, MI. 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 Health Center
(866) 413-8836
1200 E Michigan Ave Ste 330
Lansing, MI
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Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn 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. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance to OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingTinnitus Evaluation
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Mid Michigan ENT
(888) 387-3470
1500 Abbot Rd Ste 400
East Lansing, MI
Services
We treat pediatric and adult ear, nose and throat disorders, sleep disorders, diagnostic audiology procedures, diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders, dispense hearing aids, speech and language services, videostroboscopy, botox injections for spasmodic dysphonia and BAHA (bone anchored hearing device) installation, balloon sinuplasty and ENG and ABR.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Ray H Cameron
(906) 828-9413
1711 S Stephenson Ave Ste 320
Iron Mountain, MI
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Ear MoldsEar molds can be custom made in brilliant colors for adults and for children. Some people are avid swimmers who want to prevent water from getting in their ears, others may have tubes in their ears and recieved a doctor recommendation. Ask about custom swim plugs today!Hearing Aid Sales & ServiceDr. Cameron''s office offers a wide variety of hearing instruments featuring the latest technology. We emphasize ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to insure you re
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Gerald L. Gilroy D O P C
(517) 489-3114
231 W Lake Lansing Rd Ste 500
East Lansing, MI
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Mosa Audiological Services
(734) 508-3111
420 W Russell St Ste 101
Saline, MI
Services
Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies Your health care provider may request certain hearing evaluations and assessments. Based on your individual needs, among the tests that may be performed by MOSA Audiology are:
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Dynamic Audiology Inc.
(888) 317-9176
3410 Belle Chase Way Ste 700
Lansing, MI
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Gerald L. Gilroy D O P C
(517) 489-3114
231 W Lake Lansing Rd Ste 500
East Lansing, MI
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Ear Center Audiology
(313) 449-8591
21142 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Services
Personalized & Professional CareFree Hearing ScreeningsFree Hearing EvaluationsFree Trial Product DemonstrationsOn-Site Repair LabFully Digital and Programmable Hearing Aids with many style and price options Same Day FitInterest-Free Financing Availible
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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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Fluke Hearing Instruments
(734) 237-1699
37771 7 Mile Rd
Livonia, MI
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Audicare Hearing Centers
(231) 668-9186
4620 US Highway 31 N
Traverse City, MI
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn 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. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance to OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss i
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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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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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