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Real-Ear Testing Manassas VA

Local resource for real-ear testing in Manassas, VA. 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 Care Center
(703) 659-4614
8650 Sudley Rd Ste 209
Manassas, VA
Services
•Testing & AudiometryIn order to adjust your hearing aid to your individual requirements, we first determine your personal hearing profile, or audiogram. This is done by testing your ability to hear a variety of speech and environmental sounds.•Ear ImpressionsSince the various systems produce different hearing impressions, it is important for you to make a comparison yourself. For this purpose we will produce custom-made earmolds based on the exact contours of your ears. We can then en
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SundayClosed
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Potomac ENT
(703) 910-3262
2070 Old Bridge Rd Ste 103
Woodbridge, VA
Services
The Auditory Brainstem Response Test evaluates nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brainstem.
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM 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
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Hearing Solutions Of Fairfax
(571) 748-5423
3930 Pender Drive Ste 140
Fairfax, VA
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SundayClosed
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advanced hearing services
(703) 539-5041
8316 Arlington Blvd Ste 330
Fairfax, VA
Services
Full audiological evaluations for children and adults. Full hearing aid avalutions, sales and service of multiple manufacturers.
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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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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.
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SundayClosed
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Advanced Hearing
(703) 537-5599
6201 Centreville Rd Ste 400
Centreville, VA
Services
For your convenience, we provide complete hearing evaluation services at three locations. Our audiologists are supported by the latest diagnostic technology including sound-proof testing suites and state-of-the-art audiometers. All offices are fully equipped to provide a complete range of audiology services to patients of all ages, infant through geriatrics.
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Vienna Fairoaks Hearing And
(703) 348-0158
3650 Joseph Siewick Dr Ste 309
Fairfax, VA
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SundayClosed
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Audiology And Hearing Aid Ctr
(703) 468-4158
7340 Heritage Village Plz Ste 101
Gainesville, VA
Services
Comprehensive Audiological (hearing) evaluations Newborn hearing screenings/evaluations Auditory processing evaluations High quality digital hearing instruments Hearing aid adjustment period Hearing aid orientation and counseling Hearing aid checks, repairs and maintenance Custom ear plugs for swimming or play Custom ear protection for work, hunting, targeting practice or heavy machinery Custom musician’s ear plugs Hearing aid accessories Hearing aid batteries
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Fairfax Hearing Center
(703) 539-5042
3299 Woodburn Rd Ste 300
Annandale, VA
Services
Fairfax Hearing Center is a full-service audiology center. We provide quality hearing health care during all stages including prevention, diagnostic, treatment, counselling, and after-care. Our services are tailored to meet each individual patient’s needs. * Hearing tests * Hearing aid evaluations * Tympanometry * Video ENG * Auditory brainstem response testing (ABR) * Otoacoustic emission testing (OAE) * Fitting and dispensing of hearing aids * Hearing aid repairs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Vienna Fair Oaks Hearing and Speech Center, Inc.
(703) 537-5770
201 Park St SE
Vienna, VA
Services
Diagnostic audiologyHearing aid dispensing and repairAuditory evoked potential testingElectronystagmography testing
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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,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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