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Real-Ear Testing Rockford IL

Local resource for real-ear testing in Rockford, IL. 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.

OSF
(815) 564-2084
698 Featherstone Rd
Rockford, IL
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SundayClosed
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Brookside Specialty Center
(815) 873-6020
1253 N Alpine Rd Department Of Audiology
Rockford, IL
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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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Dr''s. Girgis And Associates
(630) 230-1425
908 N Elm St Ste 306
Hinsdale, IL
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Our full range of services include the medical and surgical treatment of problems of the ear, nose, throat, sinus, head, neck, thyroid and facial aesthetics. In addition, we provide state-of-the-art audiologic evaluations, hearing aid devices, CT scan imagery, diagnostic and therapeutic sleep studies.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Complete Hearing Care PC
(847) 613-4247
247 Robert Parker Coffin Rd
Long Grove, IL
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Sunday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,Monday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Friday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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Affordable Hearing Solutions
(630) 608-4504
1935 Springbrook Square Drive Suite 109
Naperville, IL
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Lawrence G. Clayton MA
(815) 873-6019
435 N Mulford Rd Ste 10
Rockford, IL
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West Suburban Medical Center
(708) 321-4123
3 Erie Ct Ste 6120
Oak Park, IL
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Lutheran General Hospital
(847) 268-3439
1775 Dempster St
Park Ridge, IL
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Lake Forest Hrg Professionals
(847) 282-4259
225 E Deerpath Rd Ste 200
Lake Forest, IL
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Morton Audiology
(309) 938-4192
636 W Jefferson St Ste 3A
Morton, IL
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Complete diagnostic hearing evaluationsCounselingHearing aid fitting/follow-upHearing aid repairCentral Auditory Processing EvaluationsIndustrial Hearing Conservation
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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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