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Real-Ear Testing Richmond KY

Local resource for real-ear testing in Richmond, KY. 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.

Bluegrass Hearing Clinic
(859) 353-4883
1036 Amberley Way Ste A
Richmond, KY
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance to OSHA guidelines.1.Diagnostic Testing2.Tinnitus Evalua
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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The Hearing Store LLC
(859) 354-4256
230 Fountain Ct Ste 230
Lexington, KY
Services
Ears-Hearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. At KYENT, we have procured a premier staff of otolaryngologists, to facilitate the treatment of ear disorders. Our medical staff are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Our Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.Nose-About 35 million people develop chronic sinusi
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Store LLC
(859) 354-4260
1720 Nicholasville Rd Ste 501
Lexington, KY
Services
Services include the fitting of Oticon and Phonak digital hearing aids, re-programming of Phonak and Oticon hearing aids, service and repair of Oticon and Phonak hearing aids, tubing changes, and free in-house demonstrations of the latest hearing aid technolgy. We also provide custom swim plugs and custom hearing protection.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Store LLC
(859) 354-4256
230 Fountain Ct Ste 230
Lexington, KY
Services
Ears-Hearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. At KYENT, we have procured a premier staff of otolaryngologists, to facilitate the treatment of ear disorders. Our medical staff are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Our Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.Nose-About 35 million people develop chronic sinusi
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Store LLC
(859) 353-4879
1012 Ival James Blvd Ste B
Richmond, KY
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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The Hearing Store LLC
(859) 353-4879
1012 Ival James Blvd Ste B
Richmond, KY
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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Lexington Hearing And
(859) 354-4253
162 N Ashland Ave
Lexington, KY
Hours
SundayClosed
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Lexington Clinic
(859) 354-4259
1221 S Broadway
Lexington, KY
Services
Allergy/AsthmaAmbulatory Surgery Center (ASC)AudiologyBehavioral HealthLexington Clinic Cancer CentersThe John D. Cronin Cancer CenterRichmond Regional Oncology CenterSoutheastern Kentucky Cancer CenterCardiologyCardiothoracic SurgeryCenter for Breast CareDermatologyEndocrinologyFamily MedicineLexington Clinic FoundationGastroenterologyGeneral SurgeryGynecologyHand SurgeryHematology/OncologyHospital MedicineInternal MedicineInternal Medicine/PediatricsInterventional Pain MedicineJessamine Medica
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology and Hearing Center
(270) 908-4975
150 Brett Chase Ste B
Paducah, KY
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 - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Coppola & Dorman P.S.C.
(502) 526-4288
3950 Kresge Way Ste 402
Louisville, KY
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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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