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Center For Hrg And Deaf Svc
(412) 567-4681
1945 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Services
Hearing & Hearing Aid EvaluationsEar molds, swim plugs, hearing protectionHearing Aid Sales and ServiceIndustrial Hearing Screening ProgramHearing Aid Recycling ProgramAssistive Devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Unlimited Inc.
(412) 436-3357
665 Rodi Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Karla J. Floyd Audiologist
(412) 436-3358
11743 Frankstown Rd Ste G
Pittsburgh, PA
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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L A Lenkner Audiology & Speech
(412) 685-4159
4000 Main St
Homestead, PA
Services
* Audiological testing * Diagnostic Hearing testing * Tympanometry * Hearing aid evaluation * Visible Speech * Hearing aid dispensing * Hearing aid batteries and supplies * Custom Earmolds * Swimmolds * Custom Hearing Protection Earmolds * Musician Earmolds * Aural rehabilitation * Hearing aid repairs * Lip Reading/Speech Reading training * Speech-Language Evaluations & treatment (limited to pre-school & school age children)
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 - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Community Hearing Aid Services
(412) 453-5002
4655 William Flynn Hwy Hampton Shoppes Suite 125-E
Allison Park, PA
Services
Hearing Testing, Hearing aids, Hearing aid repair, assistive listening devices, individual and family counselling re: hearing loss and amplification
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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HearWell Center
(412) 436-3359
2400 Ardmore Blvd Ste 401
Pittsburgh, PA
Services
Hearing Testing for both adults and childrenHearing Aids of all types and makesCustom products for the ear (earmolds for phones, music devices and hearing protection)Auditory TrainingTinnitus treatment
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Eartique
(412) 567-5411
2703 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
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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Hear Best
(412) 253-2913
658 Washington Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 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 ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Southwestern Hearing Care Inc.
(412) 927-0197
500 N Lewis Run Rd Ste 117
West Mifflin, PA
Services
Starkey - Family of Products with Drive Architecture s series iQ Starkey''s new line of hearing aids - where indusry-leading technology and design meet real life to create an unparalleled listening experience. Walk into any room with confidence. - Experience maximum comfort with the clearest speech possible even in the noisiest environments. Hold a conversation anywhere. - Invision Directionality filters out unwanted background noise to significantly improve your understanding of speech. Precise
Hours
SundayClosed
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Southwestern Hrg. Health Svcs.
(412) 308-5607
2754 S Park Rd
Bethel Park, PA
Hours
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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