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Real-Ear Testing Portland OR

Local resource for real-ear testing in Portland, OR. 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.

Pacific Audiology Clinic
(888) 660-4148
5331 SW Macadam Ave Ste 395
Portland, OR
Services
We provide services such as hearing screenings, cleanings, minor repairs, otoscopic examinations and cerumen removal. This service allows the residents to receive this free service in the comfort of their own homes.
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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R Sterling Hodgson MD
(503) 928-3778
1849 NW Kearney St Suite 200
Portland, OR
Services
Hearing Services from Audiology AssociatesAudiology Associates offers a variety of services related to your complete hearing healthcare. We provide you with state of the art hearing aid services including custom hearing aid programming and repairs, and complete diagnostic hearing tests. Visit our Products section for information on a variety of hearing aids, custom noise and swim plugs, and accessories and assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired person. Audiology Associates Services
Hours
SundayClosed
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Portland Ear Testing Center
(503) 928-5731
921 NW 18th Ave
Portland, OR
Services
Digital Hearing DevicesEar MoldsCustomized Hearing AidsEar ImplantsCutting-Edge Testing Procedures We Offer Brand Names Such As Widex™Since 1978, clients from all over Portland and beyond have trusted Portland Ear Testing Center to pinpoint their hearing level of difficulty. Our certified and licensed audiologists will answer any question you have. We pride ourselves on offering our clients the comprehensive solutions they need so they can hear clearly again.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Able Hearing (ablehearing.com)
(503) 928-3748
3443 SE 39th Ave
Portland, OR
Services
Hearing frustrations relieved. Full service dispensing, fitting, evaluating, counseling. Full service repair. Ear molds. Parts,accessories and repairs. Otoscopy and tympanometry.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Wesley Lewis MD LLC
(503) 928-3921
2222 NW Lovejoy St Ste 607
Portland, OR
Services
* What is Tinnitus? * Your Hearing System * Selectivity and Attention * Habituation * Anxiety, Tension, and Learning How to Relax * Relaxation Exercises * Sound Therapy * Recreation and Health * Hyperacusis * Earplugs * Temporary Deafness and Temporary Tinnitus * Further Information and Help
Hours
SundayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Associates
(503) 928-8255
1849 NW Kearney St Ste 200
Portland, OR
Services
Audiology Associates has been providing hearing healthcare services to the Portland area for over 40 years. We offer comprehensive hearing tests for adults and children. We dispense the latest technology in hearing aids and also provide custom hearing protection devices.
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Center NW LLC
(503) 821-7584
825 NE 20th Ave Ste 230
Portland, OR
Hours
SundayClosed
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Portland State University
(503) 928-3735
724 SW Harrison St NH85 PO Box 751
Portland, OR
Services
Located on the Portland State University campus, the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinics provide services to individuals with communication disorders. The clinics are open to the university community as well as the general public, serving all age groups. Individuals with communication difficulties receive comprehensive evaluation and treatment of disorders related to speech, language and/or hearing. Referrals are accepted from various sources including self-referrals, parents, public school spe
Hours
SundayClosed
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Pacific Audiology Clinic
(503) 928-3413
5010 NE 33rd Ave Ste A
Portland, OR
Services
Pacific Audiology Clinic is a women-owned and operated clinic. We are dedicated to your success in achieving better hearing. We pride ourselves in offering you high quality assessments and various treatment options for all of your hearing needs. We offer such services as, audiologic assessments, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid fittings, hearing aid repairs and cleanings, and cerumen removal just to name a few. We are able to schedule visits for residents at Assisted Living Facilities, by ap
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Center at MT Hood ENT
(503) 928-5763
10101 SE Main St Ste 2004
Portland, OR
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 ,Friday09:30 AM - 11:30 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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