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Real-Ear Testing New Bedford MA

Local resource for real-ear testing in New Bedford, MA. 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.

Coastal Hearing Care
(508) 938-1604
383 Rockdale Ave
New Bedford, MA
Services
Free hearing tests, as well as free cleanings of all hearing aids regardless of where purchased. Also custom earmolds and swimplugs made. We also handle factory repairs on most brands of hearing aids. Digital hearing aids purchased elsewhere can be reprogrammed for a small fee.
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Insurance

Mass Audiology And Hearing &
(508) 689-7624
514 Hanover St
Fall River, MA
Services
Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing instruments are the largest models and can house a variety of circuit options and amplify sounds to a greater degree than most custom models. BTEs rest behind the ear and sound is sent to the ear canal via the earmold and clear plastic tubing molded to fit comfortably in the outer ear area
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Truesdale Audiology Associates
(508) 669-3706
1030 President Ave Rm 124
Fall River, MA
Services
Our Clinic featuresExtensive medical services are provided at the Truesdale Clinic. Below is a list of medical and surgical specialties represented throughout our Clinic. Appointments should be made directly with each physician or service. For general information, the Truesdale Clinic maintains a business office which is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. daily. Please contact us for more info.Cardiology:Truesdale Cardiology AssociatesPeter S. Cohn, M.D., F.A.C.C.David J. Farber, M.D., F.A.C.C.Pet
Hours
Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Simply Hearing
(508) 444-8085
533 Palmer Ave
Falmouth, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Morton Hospital
(508) 802-4179
2007 Bay St Speech Hearing Language Ctr.
Taunton, MA
Services
Our programs and services include:Adult Health Clinic for the Uninsured Breast Care CenterBreastfeeding (Lactation) Services Cancer CareCardiac Diagnostic ServicesDay Surgery CenterDiabetes ServicesElder Behavioral Health Services Program 24- Hour Emergency Department: including ExpressMed service for the treatment of non-urgent illnesses and injuries First Impressions Maternity CenterGift ShopHIV Client Services ProgramHyperbaric Oxygen TherapyLaboratoryMental Health and Subs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Northeast Ear Nose & Throat
(866) 807-0427
299 Founce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Southcoast Hospitals
(508) 669-3693
283 Pleasant St
Fall River, MA
Services
Southcoast Health System was formed in 1996 from the merged entity of St. Luke''s Health Care System in New Bedford, Mass., Charlton Health System in Fall River, Mass., and Tobey Health Systems in Wareham, Mass.Southcoast has a total of 41 ancillary facilities throughout the South Coast region. In addition to its three community hospitals, Southcoast Health System also includes an assisted living facility, home health care and hospice, a wellness center and numerous outpatient medical services.S
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Linda Arectos, MS, CCCA
(508) 444-8084
346 Gifford St
Falmouth, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

David Gager, MS CCC-A FAA
(508) 444-8087
200A Jones Rd
Falmouth, MA
Services
We provide the full range of services for treatment of Ear, Nose and Throat conditions in adults and children. * Problems with ears, such as infections, pain, hearing problems, deformities * Problems with the nose, such as blockage, drainage, sinus infections, pain, injuries, appearance issues * Read about our recommended treatment for snoring * Swallowing and voice problems * Facial Plastic Surgery: offering minimally invasive techniques along with more traditional methods for im
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Duncan Hearing Healthcare
(508) 644-8653
1822 North Main Street
Fall River, MA
Specialty
Audiologist
Gender
Female

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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