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Real-Ear Testing Paterson NJ

Local resource for real-ear testing in Paterson, NJ. 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.

Michael Giglio, M.D.
(888) 696-0051
623 Lafayette Ave
Hawthorne, NJ
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 - 08:00 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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Ahrens Hearing Aid Center
(201) 693-4176
23-13 Broadway
Fair Lawn, NJ
Services
We provide complete hearing healthcare services ranging from full audiometric testing to the fitting and servicing of today''s new digital technology and everything in between.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Ent And Allergy Associates
(973) 557-4579
1211 Hamburg Tpke Ste 205
Wayne, NJ
Services
Health Information Diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck negatively impact the lives of millions around the world. Our health information, created by our member physicians, provides a basic overview of diagnoses and treatment for many of these conditions.EarsConditions that impair ear function can be as minor as wax buildup or as serious as congenital deafness. This section contains valuable information about how to protect your hearing, how to recognize indications of
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 06:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday08:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Northern Jersey ENT Associates/Audiology
(201) 425-1134
44 Godwin Ave Ste 300
Midland Park, NJ
Services
Medical and Surgical Care for Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders, Balance, Facial PlasticsHearing Evaluation Hearing Instruments (Hearing Aids)Tinnitus Treatment
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP
(201) 546-5053
385 Prospect Ave Fl 2
Hackensack, NJ
Services
Health Information Diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck negatively impact the lives of millions around the world. Our health information, created by our member physicians, provides a basic overview of diagnoses and treatment for many of these conditions.EarsConditions that impair ear function can be as minor as wax buildup or as serious as congenital deafness. This section contains valuable information about how to protect your hearing, how to recognize indications of
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,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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Egon Kot Optical
(973) 542-2015
453 Clifton Ave
Clifton, NJ
Hours
SundayClosed
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Granville Brady Jr. Au.D
(973) 542-2070
1135 Clifton Ave Ste 101
Clifton, NJ
Hours
SundayClosed
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Wayne Hearing Aid Center
(862) 377-6068
1581 State Route 23
Wayne, NJ
Hours
SundayClosed
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Ent Office Of Edward Sarti M.D
(201) 643-7967
47 Orient Way
Rutherford, NJ
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hackensack Audiology
(888) 804-2025
20 Prospect Ave Ste 808
Hackensack, NJ
Services
AdmissionsAllergy, Asthma and Immune Disorders, The Center forAmbulatory Surgery, The Center forAnesthesiologyAnticoagulation ServiceAnxiety DisordersAudiologyBariatric Rehabilitation ProgramBariatric SurgeryBloodless MedicineBreast Care, The Betty Torricelli Institute forBreath & Lung InstituteBreast OncologyBreast SurgeryCancer Center, TheCardiacHypertrophic Cardiomyopathy CenterChildren''s Hospital, The Joseph M. SanzariClinical Virology Cochlear Implant ProgramColon Cancer Prevention CenterC
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 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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