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Real-Ear Testing Port Saint Lucie FL

Local resource for real-ear testing in Port Saint Lucie, FL. 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.

SOUTH COAST EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT
(772) 232-7109
1801 SE Hillmoor Dr B 105
Port Saint Lucie, FL
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Treasure Coast ENT
(772) 919-7194
2221 SE Ocean Blvd Ste 300
Stuart, FL
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SundayClosed
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Timko Hearing Care
(386) 868-3974
1050 W Granada Blvd Ste 3
Ormond Beach, FL
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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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Accurate Hearing Technology
(407) 792-4085
W State Road 46 # 5268
Sanford, FL
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We have been serving the Greater Orlando area for over ten years with quality, kindess, and care beyond measure. We use state-of-the-art technology to assess our patients of all ages and provide them with sophicated, stylish, digital hearing devices for their specific needs.
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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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Gainesville ENT and
(352) 358-4076
7135 NW 11th Pl Ste A
Gainesville, FL
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Dr. Pinner received both a Masters of Art and a Doctor of Audiology She specializes in all aspects of hearing improvement for both adults and pediatrics including diagnosis, hearing aid selection and fittings. Immunotherapy for allergies is administered and we offer the highest level of hearing care provided exclusively by Doctors of Audiology
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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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Associated Coastal ENT
(772) 618-4313
4632 S 25th St
Fort Pierce, FL
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Ear,Nose And ThroatAudiology/Hearing AidsSurgeryAllergy
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Earcare PA
(321) 622-2284
7777 N Wickham Rd Ste 21
Melbourne, FL
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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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Associated Coastal ENT
(772) 618-4313
4632 S 25th St
Fort Pierce, FL
Services
Ear,Nose And ThroatAudiology/Hearing AidsSurgeryAllergy
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Leonardi Hearing Center, Inc.
(239) 829-5572
16251 N Cleveland Ave Ste 8
Fort Myers, FL
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At Leonardi Hearing Center, we take the time to listen and care. We can fit you with the right hearing devices for your specific hearing loss and budget. We also take the time to educate you as to your options, so you can make a more informed and confident decision when choosing your new hearing instruments. We offer all styles of hearing devices including the newest, most technologically advanced digital hearing instruments on the market today. In addition, we offer competitive prices for top-
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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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Martina Audiology And Hearing
(239) 491-0247
15271 McGregor Blvd Ste 17
Fort Myers, FL
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Hearing EvaluationThe hearing evaluation consists of several different components: a case history, physical examinationof the ear, pure tone test speech audiometric tests, and acoustic immittance audiometry.Hearing Aid Sales & ServiceThe right hearing aid prevents missing out on many messages that can be critical to a good and satisfying life. The audiologist will recommend from many manufacturers and the latest digital technologies to ensure that your aid is right for you.Assistive Listening De
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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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