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Real-Ear Testing Providence RI

Local resource for real-ear testing in Providence, 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.

Alliance ENT And Hearing Center
(401) 305-2018
845 N Main St Ste 2
Providence, RI
Services
We provide comprehensive hearing evaluations, auditory processing evaluations, balance testing, and complete hearing aid services. Alliance ENT and Hearing Center provides complete ear, nose and throat care. See our website for more information.Please call us for an appointment. We take pride in the personal attention and helpfulness of our staff.
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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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Audiology & Speech Pathology
(401) 623-8062
115 Georgia Ave
Providence, RI
Hours
SundayClosed
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University Otolaryngology
(401) 623-4159
118 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Services
Assistive Listening DevicesAlthough hearing aids can be very useful in helping individuals with hearing impairment in daily activities, there are many situations in which the hearing aids alone do not provide sufficient help. Such instances include hearing in background noise, on the telephone or at the theater and listening to your TV. Some people with hearing loss also have difficulty hearing alarms (i.e. smoke detectors), door bells or telephone ringing unless they are close to the unit. A
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Rhode Island Ear Nose & Throat Physicians, Inc.
(401) 305-2237
333 School St Ste 210
Pawtucket, RI
Services
Diagnostic and Hearing Aid Services ProvidedDiagnostic and Hearing Aid Services ProvidedDiagnostic hearing tests for ages 6 months and up including Tympanometric and acoustic reflex testing.Otoacoustic Emission (OAE), which are beneficial in the auditory evaluation of infants and the difficult to test population.Auditory Brainstem Response Testing (ABR): which is a neurological assessment and auditory threshold determination.Videonystagmography (VNG): which is beneficial in diagnosing vestibular
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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RI ENT Physicians, Inc.
(401) 623-8061
1524 Atwood Ave Ste 231
Johnston, RI
Services
Diagnostic and Hearing Aid Services ProvidedDiagnostic and Hearing Aid Services ProvidedDiagnostic hearing tests for ages 6 months and up including Tympanometric and acoustic reflex testing.Otoacoustic Emission (OAE), which are beneficial in the auditory evaluation of infants and the difficult to test population.Auditory Brainstem Response Testing (ABR): which is a neurological assessment and auditory threshold determination.Videonystagmography (VNG): which is beneficial in diagnosing vestibular
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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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University Otolaryngology
(401) 623-8060
130 Waterman St
Providence, RI
Services
•Head and Neck Medicine & Surgery•Neurotology – Otology – Skull Base Surgery •Two Board Certified Pediatric Otolaryngologists•Endoscopic Treatment of Sinus Disease •Head and Neck Tumor & Cancer Surgery•Allergy Testing and Treatment•Physical Therapy (Vestibular Rehabilitation) •Center for Vestibular & Balance Disorders•Evaluation and Treatment of Hearing Loss•Comprehensive Hearing Aid Services •On site CT Scan in our Dudley Street
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SundayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Solutions
(401) 227-1108
900 Warren Ave Ste 303
East Providence, RI
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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Dr. Anthony Barone
(401) 305-2009
725 Reservoir Ave Ste 303
Cranston, RI
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SundayClosed
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Twin Rivers Hearing Health Inc
(401) 404-5053
151 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI
Services
Our goal is to provide quality, affordable, personal hearing health care and related service to pediatric, adult and geriatric clients with hearing problems. We diagnose the type and severity of your hearing loss, and recommend the best solution for your needs, activities and life style.If your hearing loss cannot be corrected medically, a hearing aid may be required which can be fitted in our office. All service is personal, customized and confidential. Let us show you why we''re the best audio
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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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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