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Real-Ear Testing Minneapolis MN

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Park Nicollet Health Services
(952) 232-5423
3800 Park Nicollet Blvd
Minneapolis, MN
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SundayClosed
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Health Partners Audiology
(952) 955-4420
5100 Gamble Dr Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN
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SundayClosed
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Health Partners
(651) 323-2067
2500 Como Ave Fl 2
Saint Paul, MN
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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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Hearing Solutions
(952) 232-5498
1581 Highway Seven
Hopkins, MN
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# State-of-the-art Hearing Testing / Diagnostic Evaluations# Video Inspection of Ear Drums – Wax Removal# Tinnitus Evaluation (head noises or ringing or buzzing) Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, Noise Generators# Authorized Factory Repair of Most Hearing Aids# (EFS) Environmental Sound Simulator to realistically fit and adjust hearing aids in simulated noisy and group situations.# Authorized Factory Repair of Most Name Brand Hearing Aids# 45-Day Adjustment and Adaptation Period# Hearing Aid Le
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SundayOpen by Appointment ,Monday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Associated Hearing Of St. Paul
(651) 323-2065
393 Dunlap St N Ste 115
Saint Paul, MN
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ServicesAssociated Hearing''s staff is able to perform a full spectrum of services important to your hearing health. Our services include:Hearing assessments performed by licensed specialists and audiologists Education-classes and workshops for individuals and groups by appointment Hearing aid evaluations, recommendations, and dispensing Hearing instrument programming and speech enhancement tuning Hearing aid rejuvenation, restoration and repair Hearing aid re-shelling to restore proper fit of
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Minnesota Hearing Aid Professionals
(888) 441-9512
2211 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN
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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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Paparella Ear, Head
(877) 467-9305
701 25th Ave S Ste 200
Minneapolis, MN
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Allina Medical DBA Aspen M C
(651) 323-2040
1020 Bandana Blvd W
Saint Paul, MN
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Onsite Hearing Inc.
(952) 232-5604
5201 Eden Ave Ste 130
Minneapolis, MN
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Jackson Medical Equipment Inc
(651) 323-2032
982 Thomas Ave
Saint Paul, MN
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What services do we provide with every hearing device purchase?We pride ourselves on making the experience of purchasing a hearing device as painless as possible. We do this by including the Complete Hearing Health Care Package with every purchase, which includes:Free batteries for the life of your hearing devices Free, no obligation 2-week evaluations of your devices Quarterly cleanings and adjustments Reprogramming of hearing devices Audiometric screenings 2 year repair and 1 year loss and dam
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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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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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