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Real-Ear Testing Miami FL

Local resource for real-ear testing in Miami, FL. 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.

Groisman & Kleidermacher
(888) 441-6947
747 Ponce De Leon Blvd Ste 305
Miami, FL
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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Greater Miami Ear Assoc PL
(305) 396-3168
3661 S Miami Ave Ste 407
Miami, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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South Miami Audiology
(888) 602-4167
7000 SW 62nd Av. Ste. PH S
Miami, FL
Services
Diagnostic audiological evaluations to include pure tone audiometry (air and bone), speech reception and discrimination, tympanometry, acoustic reflexes, and acoustic reflex decayAll Hearing aid services from selection to fitting to repairs, using nationally and internationally high quality instruments including the latest in digital technologyTinnitus evaluations and remediation for ringing or other noises in the earsVideonystagmograms for dizzinessAuditory brainstem evaluations upon doctors re
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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University of Miami Ear Inst
(888) 903-8344
1120 NW 14th St Clinical Research Bldg 5th FL
Miami, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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S Florida ENT Associates PA
(305) 508-4708
8940 N Kendall Dr Ste 504E
Miami, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Groisman & Kleidermacher
(888) 471-5169
1321 NW 14th St Ste 204
Miami, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Miami Hearing Aid Center Inc.
(888) 658-1526
3661 S Miami Ave Ste 410
Miami, FL
Services
At every HearFlorida Hearing Loss Center, we examine every aspect of your hearing loss and your listening environment to recommend the best style and technology of hearing device most appropriate for you. We offer a wide variety of the latest digital hearing aids and popular brands such as Siemens, Unitron, Starkey, Phonak, Widex, Vivatone, Lyric, Oticon, Rexton, and Resound. All hearing devices have a 30-day satisfaction period.
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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South Florida
(305) 767-1319
6705 SW 57th Ave Ste 704
South Miami, FL
Services
South Florida ENT Associates (SFENTA) is dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate, and responsible medical care and surgical treatment of disorders related to the ears, nose and throat. We are committed to improving our patient''s quality of life through communication, through the use of the most sophisticated equipment and surgical techniques, and through ethical decision making. Our mission is to listen, to care and to cure.
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 and Speech Center of Florida, Inc
(888) 259-7532
9425 SW 72nd St Ste 261
Miami, FL
Services
Digital Hearing Aids Comprehensive Audiological Evaluations Assistive Listening Devices (ALDS) Comprehensive Hearing Health Care Program On-Site Maintenance & Repairs Custom Swim molds, Shooters'', & Musician''s Plugs Difficult to Fit Cases Routinely Handled Specialty molds for electronic devices(Apple Ipod, Hands Free Bluetooth Devices) and MusiciansPre-school hearing screenings Community screenings and health fairs Community presentations
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
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William A Ditkowsky, Md PA
(888) 277-5198
9275 SW 152nd St Ste 212
Palmetto Bay, FL
Services
Services * Otolaryngology * Snoring/Sleep apnea * Tonsillectomy/Ear tubes * Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery/laser surgery * ENG’s. * Allergy testing * Full audiologic services/ Sales and fitting of hearing aid
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday01:30 PM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 11:45 AM ,Thursday01:30 PM - 03:30 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 11:45 AM ,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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