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Real-Ear Testing Mobile AL

Local resource for real-ear testing in Mobile, AL. 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.

Adult Vocational
(251) 725-9892
1050 Government St
Mobile, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Speech & Hearing Center
(251) 295-9315
5721 USA Drive N Room 1119
Mobile, AL
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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Eastern Shore Ear Nose And
(251) 517-0407
188 Hospital Dr Ste 101
Fairhope, AL
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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Adult Vocational
(251) 725-9892
1050 Government St
Mobile, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Center
(256) 270-4706
2030 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE Ste 100A
Huntsville, AL
Services
•Comprehensive hearing evaluations for adults and children •Hearing aid sales to include several major brands of digital technology •Hearing aid service and repair •Custom noise plugs, swim molds, musician ear plugs, and earmolds •Assistive listening devices •Hearing aid batteries and accessories Included with every new hearing aid purchase•Free cleanings and adjustments •One year repair warranty standard (two year on several models) •First year loss
Hours
SundayClosed
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Bay Audiology Services, Inc.
(251) 295-9308
6701 Airport Blvd Ste B123
Mobile, AL
Services
Audiometric evaluations, hearing aid sales and service, assistive listening devices, hearing protection etc.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Discovery Hearing Aid Co-Op
(251) 295-9340
4318 Downtowner Loop N Ste K
Mobile, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Alabama Dept Of Voc Rehab Svc
(205) 413-8858
236 Goodwin Crest Dr Bldg 2
Birmingham, AL
Services
Services * Alabama''s Early Intervention System ( AEIS ) * Children''s Rehabilitation Service ( CRS ) * Vocational Rehabilitation Service ( VRS ) * State of Alabama Independent Living / Homebound Service ( SAIL ) Unique in the nation, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is comprised of state and federal programs that provide a continuum of services from birth through life for Alabamians with disabilities. ADRS has four major programs:Alabama''s Early Intervention Syste
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SundayClosed
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Naro Audiology & Hearing Solutions
(251) 241-4252
1305 McMillan Ave
Brewton, AL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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North Alabama Ear Nose Throat
(256) 513-4711
927 Franklin St SE Ste 100
Huntsville, AL
Services
Hearing loss affects millions of people in the United States. Untreated hearing loss can be frustrating and isolating. According to a study by the National Council on Aging, people with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression and anxiety, and participate less in social activities than those wearing hearing aids. Reasons for resisting include people just need to speak more clearly, my hearing''s not bad enough, my friend doesn''t like her hearing aid, I don''t want people
Hours
SundayClosed ,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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