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Real-Ear Testing Newark DE

Local resource for real-ear testing in Newark, DE. 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.

Dr. Paul Imber
(302) 261-2375
2600 Glasgow Ave Ste 101
Newark, DE
Services
Our two trained and certified audiologists provide a full range of diagnostic testing and state-of-the-art hearing aid services. Individualized counseling is available to discuss all available hearing aid options. If required, physicians are available to diagnose and treat special conditions that may arise. This partnership between physicians and audiologists provides patients with the best in hearing health care services.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Chesapeake ENT
(410) 885-4282
111 W High St Ste 303
Elkton, MD
Services
Chesapeake Ear, Nose, and Throat specializes in treatment of all problems of the facial, head, and neck areas.Our goal at Chesapeake E.N.T. is to help patients feel better, whether it is an issue of chronic infection, blockage of breathing or simply the need to feel better, we can help. Sinusitis, allergy and nasal obstruction can cause severe discomfort. Serious effects can include sleep disturbance, irritation of asthma and bronchitis, and decreased lung performance. Many cases of “asthm
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Services Of Delaware, Inc.
(302) 261-2033
104 Sleepy Hollow Dr Ste 202
Middletown, DE
Services
We provide complete diagnostic and rehabilitive audiology services to patients of all ages. Hearing aid sales and service.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy Associates
(302) 793-9097
2700 Silverside Rd Ste 3A
Wilmington, DE
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Nemours Health Clinic
(302) 793-9088
1801 Rockland Rd
Wilmington, DE
Services
Our hospital and clinics offer intensive and acute inpatient care and outpatient services covering more than 40 disciplines.Please select a service from the list below to learn more.Adolescent MedicineAllergy and Immune SystemAnesthesiologyAsthmaBehavioral HealthBlood Disorders (Hematology)Sickle Cell DiseaseCancer Care (Oncology)Bone Marrow TransplantCritical Care MedicineCystic FibrosisDental CareDevelopmental PediatricsDiabetesDiagnostic Referral ServiceDigestive Health (Gastroenterology)Dysl
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Services of Delaware, Inc.
(302) 261-5166
Peoples Plaza Ste 28
Newark, DE
Services
We provide complete diagnostic and rehabilitive audiology services to patients of all ages. Hearing aid sales and service.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Nemours Health Clinic
(302) 793-9088
1801 Rockland Rd
Wilmington, DE
Services
Our hospital and clinics offer intensive and acute inpatient care and outpatient services covering more than 40 disciplines.Please select a service from the list below to learn more.Adolescent MedicineAllergy and Immune SystemAnesthesiologyAsthmaBehavioral HealthBlood Disorders (Hematology)Sickle Cell DiseaseCancer Care (Oncology)Bone Marrow TransplantCritical Care MedicineCystic FibrosisDental CareDevelopmental PediatricsDiabetesDiagnostic Referral ServiceDigestive Health (Gastroenterology)Dysl
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SundayClosed
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Total Hearing Care - Wilmington
(302) 246-5340
2205 Silverside Rd
Wilmington, DE
Services
Authorized sales and service of major digital hearing aid brandsHearing Tests and EvaluationsHearing Aid Cleanings and AdjustmentsHearing Aid Battery SalesSales of Assisted Listening DevicesMedicaid Provider
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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ABC Hearing Net
(610) 400-8654
790 E Market St Ste 240
West Chester, PA
Services
Comprehensive audiological assessments Hearing Aid Evaluations Hearing Aids Tinnitus Assessment and Treatment Functional Communication Assessment Hearing therapy and auditory training Speechreading
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Bayside Audiology And
(302) 231-1018
1535 Savannah Rd
Lewes, DE
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SundayClosed
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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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