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Real-Ear Testing Mesa AZ

Local resource for real-ear testing in Mesa, AZ. 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.

Tri-City Audiology, LLC
(480) 374-8986
6550 E Broadway Rd Ste 206
Mesa, AZ
Services
Comprehensive audiological assessment. Testing for all ages availsble. Impedance testing to assess middle ear function. Acoustic reflex measures. Cerumen management. Speech-in-noise testing. Hearing instrument evaluations and dispensing. Minor in-office repairs. Bluetooth connectivity with hearing instruments. Otoacoustic emission testing to assess outer hair cell integrity. Tinnitus and hyperacusis consultations, evaluations, and management programs including Tinnitus retraining Therapy (TRT)
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 - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Desert Hearing Care
(480) 374-5591
4448 E Main St Ste 6
Mesa, AZ
Services
Audiological Services:Complete Hearing EvaluationsAudiometry - pure tone air & boneSpeech audiometry and speech in noise testingVideo Otoscopic Exams & Cerumen RemovalTympanometry - middle ear evaluations & medical referralsReal Ear MeasurementsHearing Instruments - All Major Brands, Styles and Technologies in All Price RangesVerification of Optimum Hearing CorrectionExclusive Peace Of Mind service planDigital Listening DemonstrationsAssistive Listening Devices - telephones, FM systems, TV Ears,
Hours
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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Hearing Solutions Of Arizona
(480) 422-9580
2501 E Southern Ave Ste 21
Tempe, AZ
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Tri-City Audiology
(888) 690-1469
595 N Dobson Rd Ste D79
Chandler, AZ
Services
* Basic audiological assessment * Impedance testing for middle ear function * Hearing aid evaluations and dispensing * Oto-Acoustic Emissions * Evaluation and treatment for Tinnitus * Site-of-lesion testing for hearing loss * Earmolds for noise and water protection * Assistive listening devices (FM, IR, loops) * Hearing aid batteries and accessories * Individual hearing conservation consultations * Speaker''s bureau for organizations * Training for health assista
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 - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Scottsdale Hearing Center
(480) 374-8520
7331 E Osborn Dr Ste 245
Scottsdale, AZ
Services
hearing testing, hearing aids, custom ear protection, TV amplifying devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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East Valley Hearing Center, Inc.
(480) 374-5131
6262 E Broadway Rd Ste 103
Mesa, AZ
Services
Our "Individual Profile" determines whether your hearing impairment is natural or requires medical attention. An audiologist can determine the type of hearing loss and recommend the best approach to improving your hearing if amplification is appropriate. If a medical evaluation is required, we will refer you to your family physician or ear specialist, as needed. We work closely with most physicians in the East Valley. East Valley Hearing Center is a diagnostic and treatment facility that offers
Hours
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Arizona Otolaryngology
(480) 374-8273
1520 S Dobson Rd Ste 305
Mesa, AZ
Hours
SundayClosed
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Arizona Hearing and Balance
(480) 374-8105
225 S. Dobson Road
Chandler, AZ
Services
Acoustic Neuroma Tumors of the Skull Base Tumors of the Ear Chronic Ear Disease Facial Nerve Disorders Hearing Loss Balance Disorders Ménière’s Disease Cochlear Implants Otosclerosis Noise-induced Hearing Loss
Hours
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
Payment
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Tri City Audiology LLC
(888) 466-7302
2034 E Southern Ave Ste I
Tempe, AZ
Services
* Basic audiological assessment * Impedance testing for middle ear function * Hearing aid evaluations and dispensing * Oto-Acoustic Emissions * Evaluation and treatment for Tinnitus * Site-of-lesion testing for hearing loss * Earmolds for noise and water protection * Assistive listening devices (FM, IR, loops) * Hearing aid batteries and accessories * Individual hearing conservation consultations * Speaker''s bureau for organizations * Training for health assista
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Harper Hearing Services
(888) 897-0586
1007 E Warner Rd Ste 105
Tempe, AZ
Services
Audiological AssessmentsHearing AidsRepairsCustom Earmolds and Protective EarplugsAssistive Listening and Alerting DevicesBatteries and Hearing Aid AccessoriesAural Rehabilitation and Education
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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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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