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Rochester Hearing And Speech
(585) 563-9161
1000 Elmwood Ave Suite 400
Rochester, NY
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In this sectionSpeech & Language section:RHSC Services Specialty Programs SummerSpeech Programs Speech Speciality programsSummer speech programsSpeech client testimonialsIn this sectionHearing HealthAudiology ServicesAudiology ProgramsHearing AidsAudiology Client TestimonialsIn This SectionResource CenterPolicies
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Strong Health Audiology
(585) 563-9123
2365 Clinton Ave S Ste 200
Rochester, NY
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Hart Hearing Center
(585) 563-9147
2384 Ridgeway Ave
Rochester, NY
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Hart Hearing Centers Refund Policy: Hearing aids are sold on a 45-day trial basis. Payment is due at the time of the fitting. Our goal at Hart Hearing Centers is to make sure you wear and get benefit from the hearing aids you purchase. If at the end of the trial period you feel that is not the case, you can return the hearing aids and receive a full refund. (There is a small charge for custom earmolds, which are not returnable.)Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluation: We offer complete hearing diag
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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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Rochester Hearing And Speech
(585) 347-3433
1170 Ridge Rd
Webster, NY
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Speech - Language Pathology ServicesA Speech - Language Evaluation is the first step in understanding the speech-language problem and determining what services are needed to address the problem. RHSC has the most comprehensive testing in the Rochester area.* We not only assess your primary area of concern but we also assess all aspects of communicative functioning.* We use the latest tests and assessment tools available in the field today.* Children are tested in a play setting to obtain optimum
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Hart Hearing Centers
(888) 904-6761
300 Cross Keys Office Park Ste 308
Fairport, NY
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Services: At Hart Hearing Centers we carry the world’s most reputable digital hearing aids; most are state-of-the-art technology. Every hearing aid we dispense carries a 45-day risk free trial period.Hart Hearing Centers Refund Policy: Hearing aids are sold on a 45-day trial basis. Payment is due at the time of the fitting. Our goal at Hart Hearing Centers is to make sure you wear and get benefit from the hearing aids you purchase. If at the end of the trial period you feel that is n
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Hart Hearing Centers
(585) 563-9128
468 Titus Ave
Rochester, NY
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Services: At Hart Hearing Centers we carry the worlds most reputable digital hearing aids; most are state-of-the-art technology. Every hearing aid we dispense carries a 45-day risk free trial period.Hart Hearing Centers Refund Policy: Hearing aids are sold on a 45-day trial basis. Payment is due at the time of the fitting. Our goal at Hart Hearing Centers is to make sure you wear and get benefit from the hearing aids you purchase. If at the end of the trial period you feel that is not the
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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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R I T NTID
(888) 804-0254
52 Lomb Memorial Dr LBJ/3130
Rochester, NY
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DAS provides interpreting, notetaking, and real-time captioning (C-print) services to the RIT community so that all members can enjoy full access to communication.Access services enable more than 650 deaf and hard-of-hearing RIT students to register and fully participate in roughly 23,000 credit hours annually in more than 200 highly competitive academic programs. Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students alike use access services to communicate with each other in a variety of extra-curricular
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Pittsford Hearing & Balance
(888) 435-1525
56 North Main St
Pittsford, NY
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Hearing Evaluation Hearing Assessment via air and bone conduction pure tone AudiometrySpeech Audiometry including threshold measurement and word discrimination testing.Industrial Audiometric Screening ProgramsOtotoxic Monitoring via AudiometryMiddle Ear AssessmentDiagnostic Teympanometry Acoustic Immittance TestingAcoustic Reflex Threshold & Decay TestingMiddle Ear Resonance MeasurementElectrophysiological TestingAuditory Brainstem Response Studies (ABR)Middle Latency Response & P300Distortion P
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Genesee Country Audiology Serv
(585) 645-0016
680 Ridge Rd
Webster, NY
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OUR FACILITYMISSION STATEMENT| PHILOSOPHY|GOALS|PAST SATISFACTION SURVEYSMISSION STATEMENTWe will provide realistic expectations, achieve maximum potential, advise patients of viable alternatives and provide only the level of product and services which are appropriate in order to assure the best possible outcome.
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Mobile Hearing Services
(585) 563-9760
98 Shagbark Way
Fairport, NY
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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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