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Real-Ear Testing Rochester NH

Local resource for real-ear testing in Rochester, NH. 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.

Sound Advice Hearing Centers
(888) 453-6516
165 Rochester Hill Rd Unit #3
Rochester, NH
Services
Sound Advice Hearing Centers, Inc. has five easy locations in Plymouth, New London, Keene, Exeter and Rochester.Our Services include:ASSESSMENT * Objective hearing testing to determine the nature and degree of your hearing loss * Subjective assessment of your needs and significant other''s perceptions to establish and prioritize desired communication outcomes.REFERRAL * If warranted, appropriate referral to a physician for more in-depth diagnostic work or medical interventionEDUCATION/C
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Seacoast Hearing Center
(603) 379-6031
599 Lafayette Road Unit 2
Portsmouth, NH
Services
* Audiometric Evaluations: Adults Comprehensive hearing evaluation including speech, air and bone conduction testing * Hearing Aid checks Complete cleaning, retubing and listening check of the instrument. May also include replacement of battery door, trimmer cover and wax spring. * Hearing Aid evaluations Consultation and discussion of patient’s options based on brief personal history and audiometric results. Demo of hearing instrument also available. * Hearing Aid:
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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Sound Advice Hearing Centers
(888) 453-6516
165 Rochester Hill Rd Unit #3
Rochester, NH
Services
Sound Advice Hearing Centers, Inc. has five easy locations in Plymouth, New London, Keene, Exeter and Rochester.Our Services include:ASSESSMENT * Objective hearing testing to determine the nature and degree of your hearing loss * Subjective assessment of your needs and significant other''s perceptions to establish and prioritize desired communication outcomes.REFERRAL * If warranted, appropriate referral to a physician for more in-depth diagnostic work or medical interventionEDUCATION/C
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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E N T Specialists Of Southern
(888) 433-0513
30 Canton St
Manchester, NH
Services
The field of OTOLARYNGOLOGY is one of the broadest in the medical profession. As Board Certified Otolaryngologists, our doctors have completed five years of specialized training. They are surgeons as well as physicians, and are experts in the most modern treatment methods.
Hours
MondayOpen 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 - 03:30 PM by Appointment
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Advanced Hearing Center LLC
(603) 769-3101
166 Kinsley St Ste 304
Nashua, NH
Services
* Endoscopic sinus surgery * Laser surgery of the head and neck * Facial plastic surgery, both cosmetic and reconstructive * Allergy testing and treatment * Skin cancers and moles involving the face and neck * Oral and throat cancer treatment * Complete audiology service including hearing testing, brain stem evoked response audiometry, hearing aid fitting and repair
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Family Ear, Nose & Throat
(888) 331-9492
518 US Route 1 Suite A-8
Kittery, ME
Services
* Diagnostic audiological evaluations from a nationally certified, state licensed audiologist* Ear, nose & throat physician consultation and earwax removal* hearing aid evaluations and demonstrations* hearing aid dispensing* battery and hearing aid accessory sales * hearing loss and hearing aid education* medical, surgical and rehabilitative options for hearing loss 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 ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Better Hearing Center, Inc.
(603) 565-0014
2 Industrial Park Dr Ste 12
Concord, NH
Services
Comprehensive diagnostic hearing exams for patients of all ages with two audiologist on staff. In addition we offer counseling on hearing health, all types and brands of hearing aids, hearing aid evaluations, repairs and batteries. Better Hearing Center, Inc. also offers a complete line of assistive listening devices including the newest bluetooth technolgy.
Hours
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sound Advice Hearing Ctrs Inc
(603) 583-4773
21 Hampton Rd Ste 103
Exeter, NH
Services
ASSESSMENTObjective hearing testing to determine the nature and degree of your hearing lossSubjective assessment of your needs and significant other''s perceptions to establish and prioritize desired communication outcomes.REFERRALIf warranted, appropriate referral to a physician for more in-depth diagnostic work or medical interventionEDUCATION/CONSULTATIONDiscussion of your results and how the degree of loss and its configuration likely impacts your communication in various listening situation
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Solutions
(603) 736-7035
66 Pleasant St
Concord, NH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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James E. Snyder M.D.
(603) 505-8188
6 Buttrick Rd Ste 301
Londonderry, NH
Services
Complete audiological evaluation pediatric-geriatric. Otoacoustic emissions. Hearing aid evaluations, fittings, verification and repairs. Custom earmolds, swim molds, musician''s plugs, noise plugs and education. Assistive listening devices.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,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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