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Real-Ear Testing Louisville KY

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Commonwealth ENT
(888) 904-8525
4004 Dupont Cir Ste 220
Louisville, KY
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 ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Coppola & Dorman P.S.C.
(502) 526-4288
3950 Kresge Way Ste 402
Louisville, KY
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SundayClosed
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Doctors Hearing Care, L.L.C.
(888) 905-9756
4212 Charlestown Rd Ste 3
New Albany, IN
Services
Audiology is a profession devoted to assessment and treatment of hearing loss. The goal of treatment is always better communication through better hearing. Often this includes the use of assitive technology in the form of hearing aids. However, hearing aids are only a small part of the treatment plan. The audiologist is the only professional who is specially trained on hearing aid technology, as well as incorporating hearing aid use into daily life to achieve the ultimate goal of better communic
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Hear In America Inc
(502) 565-4066
11800 Shelbyville Rd Ste 6
Louisville, KY
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* We focus on personal attention: real people answer the phones here, minimizing automated recordings, and we can also transfer each call directly to their local hearing center.* We work with all leading hearing aid manufacturers to ensure that members are fit with quality products.
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Hearing Aid Center
(888) 904-5883
105 S Main St
Corbin, KY
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Heuser Hearing Institute
(888) 702-8503
117 E Kentucky St
Louisville, KY
Services
Our audiologists and neurotologists treat all ear related problems within children and adults. Our care is focused to diagnose and treat all ear problem, both through surgical and non-surgical means, to ensure that our patients have the best treatment options in our region of the United States. Our audiological department offers a full range of services that are available for all ages. Our experienced staff of audiologists obtains reliable results in state-of-the-art sound-treated test suites. O
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Conn Hearing Aid Center
(888) 369-0436
1516 Spring St
Jeffersonville, IN
Services
Hearing instruments, service and programming are available for most brands. We also have an extensive selection of accessories, batteries, communicative products, custom earmolds and educational resources.*SoundCare Lifetime Service*Hearing Evaluations & Consultations*Video Otoscopic Exams*Hearing Instrument Cleaning & Checkups*Hearing Instrument & Earmold Loaner Services*Hearing System Demonstrations*Communicative Product Demonstrations*In-Home Services (please call for coverage areas and rate
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Saturday09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Ohio Valley ENT And Allergy
(888) 453-7186
2125 State St Ste 6
New Albany, IN
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AudiologyOur Audiology department is staffed with two Doctors of Audiology. Each Doctor holds Audiology licensure in Indiana and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology. They are both members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They have both gone through extensive training in order to offer the latest in hearing aid technology to all of our patients. Other services they provide are hearing evaluations and diagnostic
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Store LLC
(859) 354-4260
1720 Nicholasville Rd Ste 501
Lexington, KY
Services
Services include the fitting of Oticon and Phonak digital hearing aids, re-programming of Phonak and Oticon hearing aids, service and repair of Oticon and Phonak hearing aids, tubing changes, and free in-house demonstrations of the latest hearing aid technolgy. We also provide custom swim plugs and custom hearing protection.
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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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Audiologists & Hearing Aid
(859) 354-4134
1401 Harrodsburg Rd Ste C212
Lexington, KY
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Welcome to Audiologists & Hearing Aid Specialists of Kentucky, your resource for optimum hearing care and service in the Lexington area. Our goal is to provide the most technologically advanced amplification and rehabilitation for the hearing impaired.Good hearing helps you get the most out of life! You''re just a click away from the latest news on hearing health and hearing loss including the newest advances in digital hearing instruments.
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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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