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Real-Ear Testing Madison WI

Local resource for real-ear testing in Madison, WI. 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.

Dean Health - Madison
(608) 467-1969
1313 Fish Hatchery Rd
Madison, WI
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SundayClosed
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Dean East Clinic Audiology
(608) 338-1540
1821 S Stoughton Rd
Madison, WI
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Dean Health - Sun Prairie
(608) 318-4301
10 Tower Dr
Sun Prairie, WI
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Southwest Health Center
(608) 433-9488
1400 Eastside Rd Attn: Audiology
Platteville, WI
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Professionals
(262) 649-1348
2205 N Calhoun Rd
Brookfield, WI
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Puzzled about your hearing loss? The Hearing Professionals can help! With all the options you have for improving your hearing why take chances? We provide you with the best audiological services and care, and can help you understand the real differences between hearing aids. We believe there’s more to better hearing than just providing you with a hearing aid.Audiological EvaluationAn audiological evaluation consists of several different components: a case history, physical examination of t
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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
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University Of WI Madison
(608) 433-0014
1975 Willow Dr
Madison, WI
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Dean Health-West
(608) 338-1466
752 N High Point Rd
Madison, WI
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* Adolescent Medicine (see Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine) * Aesthetic Surgery Center * Aesthetic Surgery Center (see Plastic Surgery) * Allergy & Immunology * Anesthesiology * Arthritis (see Rheumatology) * Audiology * Autoimmune Issues & Concerns (see Allergy & Immunology) * Auto-immune Issues & Concerns (see Rheumatology)
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 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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Dean East Clinic Audiology
(608) 338-1540
1821 S Stoughton Rd
Madison, WI
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Hudson Hearing Clinic
(715) 954-4000
401 Stageline Rd Ste 6
Hudson, WI
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Diagnostic TestingENG Test – ElectronystagmogramTinnitus Evaluation and TreatmentDispensing of Digital Hearing AidsHearing Aid Checks and ServicingAssistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Hearing Screening for InfantsTEPP/TAP program.
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Professional Hearing Services
(262) 347-4275
1111 Delafield St Ste 102
Waukesha, WI
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Hearing EvaluationTesting is completed to determine the type and degree of hearing loss. Testing is available to all ages from birth to adults.Balance EvaluationDizziness is a common problem for many individuals. We have testing available to address issues regarding balance and dizziness. An evaluation by an ENT physician is recommended prior to these tests.Hearing Aid Selection and FittingThese appointments are educational and informative. The patient will work with an audiologist to determine
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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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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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