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Real-Ear Testing New Orleans LA

Local resource for real-ear testing in New Orleans, LA. 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.

LSU Medical Center
(504) 265-9578
1900 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA
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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New Orleans Speech
(504) 265-9579
1636 Toledano St
New Orleans, LA
Services
Our ServicesAudiology Speech/LanguageAssesmentRemediationHearing AidsAugmentative Communication Devices
Hours
SundayClosed
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Creel Hearing Center
(504) 265-1480
3330 Lake Villa Dr Ste 100
Metairie, LA
Services
Hearing Evaluations Pediatric/Newborn Audiology Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Balance Assessment Tinnitus Evaluation Auditory Processing Disorder Evaluation
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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Advanced Hearing Services
(318) 450-4539
312 Grammont St Ste 303
Monroe, LA
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SundayClosed
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Lafayette Hearing & Balance Center
(337) 205-7418
4630 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy Ste 402
Lafayette, LA
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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LSU Healthcare Network
(504) 265-9582
533 Bolivar St Ste 566
New Orleans, LA
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SundayClosed
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Southern Discount Hearing Aids
(504) 265-9573
120 Meadowcrest St Ste 200
Gretna, LA
Services
Affordable repairs for all makes, all brands and all models.Have you ever been told your hearing instruments could NOT be repaired? If so, TRY US, we can.Hearing tests at no chargeAs a service to the community, we provide hearing tests at no charge, as well as video otoscope presentations of the interior of hearing aids and the interior of the ear canal to show our patients what the problems may or not be due to cerumen (earwax).Many of our in-house services we do at no charge for the hearing co
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East Jefferson E N T Clinic
(504) 265-9570
3645 Houma Blvd
Metairie, LA
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SundayClosed
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East Jefferson E N T Clinic
(504) 265-9570
3645 Houma Blvd
Metairie, LA
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Scallan Hearing Aid Ctr.
(225) 304-0622
8211 Goodwood Blvd Ste B1
Baton Rouge, LA
Services
* Video Otoscopic Examinations * Hearing Evaluations * Hearing Aid Diagnostics * Hearing Aid Repairs * Clean Hearing Aids * Assistive Listening Devices * Hearing Aid Accessories * Replace Battery Doors * Swim/Noise Ear Plugs * Hearing Aid Ear Molds * Alarm Clocks * Tinnitus counsellingWe fit and/or repair the following manufacturers:Audibel, Beltone, Electone, General Hearing, GN Resound, Magnatone, Microtech, NuEar, Omni, Oticon, Phonak, Qualitone, Rexton, Siem
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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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