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Real-Ear Testing Rogers AR

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Northwest Arkansas ENT Clinic
(479) 616-1798
5204 West Redbud Street
Rogers, AR
Services
Medical and Surgical Treatment of Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus and Neck DiseasesHearing Aid Evaluations & FittingsIndustrial Audiology
Hours
Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Ear Nose Throat Center Of
(479) 202-4260
601 W Maple Ave Ste 213
Springdale, AR
Services
Ear, Nose, and Throat Center of the Ozarks is a full service otolaryngology-head and neck surgery clinic with expertise in treating both children and adults. Our clinic is equipped with modern video and endoscopic diagnostic instrumentation. We provide the most comprehensive range of audiology services in northwest Arkansas including hearing testing, hearing aid dispensing, cochlear implants (adults only), and vestibular (inner-ear balance) testing.Click here for information about our audiology
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Arkansas Otolaryngology Center
(501) 588-8249
4901 Fairway Ave Ste C
North Little Rock, AR
Services
Arkansas Otolaryngology offers a full range of services for children and adults. We have 16 physicians and a staff of approximately 100. All of our physicians are board certified in otolaryngology. They specialize in ear, nose and throat, head and neck disorders and related problems. Our clinical staff includes licensed and experienced nurses, audiologists, radiological technologists, speech pathologists and a physical therapist. Our physicians have special areas of interest and expertise, inclu
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Center For Hearing, Ltd.
(479) 689-4025
4300 Rogers Ave Ste 15
Fort Smith, AR
Services
A diagnostic hearing test identifies auditory disorders that could cause a health concern or interfere with your ability to communicate. Following your test, we’ll give you a complete report of the results along with our recommendations. A typical hearing evaluation consists of: Air and bone conduction testing Helps to determine if a problem with your inner, outer or middle ear is contributing to your hearing difficulties. Speech reception thresholds Discovers the quietest level of spee
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Lynne Raney AuD
(870) 639-4529
613 Thompson Ave
El Dorado, AR
Services
Hearing Testing for children and adults. Hearing aid sales and service.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Audiology & Balance Services
(479) 250-1264
1501 SE Walton Blvd Ste 119
Bentonville, AR
Services
30 Day TrialThe state of Arkansas requires that anyone dispensing hearing aids allow a 30 day trial. This does not have to be free - some manufacturers charge a fee for making the instruments and earmolds also cost the dispenser. Always ask for a trial period. Always ask for a contract that puts everything in writing. If a dispenser refuses to allow you a trial period, do not purchase your aids from them. Balanced Ear usually charges for the trial, although this fee can be waived under certain c
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Arkansas Ear, Nose & Throat
(501) 588-8245
4020 Richards Rd Ste B
North Little Rock, AR
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Arkansas Otolaryngology Center
(888) 486-0122
10201 Kanis Rd
Little Rock, AR
Services
Arkansas Otolaryngology offers a full range of services for children and adults. We have 16 physicians and a staff of approximately 100. All of our physicians are board certified in otolaryngology. They specialize in ear, nose and throat, head and neck disorders and related problems. Our clinical staff includes licensed and experienced nurses, audiologists, radiological technologists, speech pathologists and a physical therapist. Our physicians have special areas of interest and expertise, inclu
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 PM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Audiology & Balance Services
(479) 250-1264
1501 SE Walton Blvd Ste 119
Bentonville, AR
Services
30 Day TrialThe state of Arkansas requires that anyone dispensing hearing aids allow a 30 day trial. This does not have to be free - some manufacturers charge a fee for making the instruments and earmolds also cost the dispenser. Always ask for a trial period. Always ask for a contract that puts everything in writing. If a dispenser refuses to allow you a trial period, do not purchase your aids from them. Balanced Ear usually charges for the trial, although this fee can be waived under certain c
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Ear Nose Throat Center Of
(479) 202-4260
601 W Maple Ave Ste 213
Springdale, AR
Services
Ear, Nose, and Throat Center of the Ozarks is a full service otolaryngology-head and neck surgery clinic with expertise in treating both children and adults. Our clinic is equipped with modern video and endoscopic diagnostic instrumentation. We provide the most comprehensive range of audiology services in northwest Arkansas including hearing testing, hearing aid dispensing, cochlear implants (adults only), and vestibular (inner-ear balance) testing.Click here for information about our audiology
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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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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