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Real-Ear Testing Newport RI

Local resource for real-ear testing in Newport, RI. 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.

Ear Nose Medicine and Surgery Group
(401) 367-4419
850 Aquidneck Ave
Middletown, RI
Services
Our otolaryngologists can treat the full range of ear, nose and throat illnesses. Whether you have swimmers ear, a sore throat, trouble swallowing or hearing loss, our physicians will work with you to achieve your optimal health. Below is included a brief discussion of common ENT problems and how they are approached in our office. All evaluations begin with full discussion of history of the illness, consideration of pertinent past medical history and appropriate medical examination. We also work
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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 - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sargent Rehab Center
(401) 234-4316
800 Quaker Ln
East Greenwich, RI
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Sargent offers services to children and adults through its Pediatric Program, Neuro Rehabilitation (Brain Injury) Program, and Hearing Center (Audiology).
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SundayClosed
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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
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SundayClosed
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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
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Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Northeast Ear Nose & Throat
(866) 807-0427
299 Founce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA
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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
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South County Hearing Services
(401) 566-4506
360 Kingstown Rd Ste 201
Narragansett, RI
Services
There are many different hearing instruments available. The two major components to consider is the style (the way it looks on your ear) and the technology (they way it works or sounds). At South County Hearing we believe the technology a patient should wear has mainly to do with their life style. If a patient has a more active life style and finds themselves in a variety of listening situations then they should consider purchasing devices that are as high in technology as they are comfortable a
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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University Otolaryngology
(401) 234-4062
1351 S County Trl Bldg 3
East Greenwich, RI
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Head and Neck Medicine & SurgeryNeurotology – Otology – Skull Base SurgeryTwo Board Certified Pediatric OtolaryngologistsEndoscopic Treatment of Sinus DiseaseHead and Neck Tumor & Cancer SurgeryAllergy Testing and TreatmentPhysical Therapy (Vestibular Rehabilitation)Center for Vestibular & Balance DisordersEvaluation and Treatment of Hearing LossComprehensive Hearing Aid ServicesOn site CT Scan in our Dudley Street LocationFlexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Tes
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SundayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Solutions
(401) 227-1050
3520 Post Rd
Warwick, RI
Services
Our Services Our professional background and expertise help care for the entire ear from a medical, surgical and hearing instrument perspective. Below you will find a list of services which we can provide. Hearing Aid Services •Hearing Aid evaluation, selection and service with competitive hearing aid pricing including a 30-day money back period. •Offering the latest in digital hearing aid technologies from a wide variety of manufacturers. •Full service hearing aid maintenance a
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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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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
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SundayClosed
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Personal Hearing Systems
(401) 305-2017
1468 Park Ave
Cranston, RI
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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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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