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Real-Ear Testing Saint Petersburg FL

Local resource for real-ear testing in Saint Petersburg, FL. 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.

Broadwater Hearing Care
(727) 346-6935
4107 5th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL
Services
Today, one in 10 Americans suffers from hearing loss, but many are not aware of their condition or where to go for help. Broadwater Hearing Care of St. Petersburg understands this and offers quality hearing tests and evaluations to determine your treatment needs. Audiologist Susan Terry provides optimal correction for hearing loss and impairment.
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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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American Institute Of Balance
(727) 346-6916
8200 Bryan Dairy Rd Ste 340
Largo, FL
Services
AIB developed the Affiliate Program in response to the overwhelming need for a branded national network of vestibular and equilibrium service providers. The comprehensive Affiliate Program is a culmination of the first major steps of professional association with AIB: Education and Certification.
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SundayClosed
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Diagnostic Clinic
(727) 474-0483
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, FL
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SundayOpen by Appointment ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Digital Hearing Systems
(727) 470-6831
2162 Main St Coastal Plaza
Dunedin, FL
Hours
SundayOpen by Appointment ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Hearing Aid Center
(863) 877-1012
510 1st St S
Winter Haven, FL
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 AM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Sound Advice Hearing Solutions
(727) 346-6922
3173 4th St N
Saint Petersburg, FL
Services
The Sound Advice Hearing team is committed to an exceptional level of customer service and a stress-free hearing healthcare experience. Our skilled, caring staff of professionals works hard to ensure your hearing correction experience is seamless, easy and effective. As an independent practice, we can offer our clients any make and model of hearing aid. We are proud to offer free hearing tests and risk free one-week trials of all the latest devices and accessories.We repair all makes and model
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Edward B. Kampson, M.D.,p.A.
(813) 489-5112
2835 W De Leon St Ste 202
Tampa, FL
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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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Tampa Bay Hearing & Bal. Ctr.
(813) 379-2772
5 Tampa General Circle Suite 610
Tampa, FL
Services
We serve all ages at the Tampa Bay Hearing and Balance Center. Our services are comprehensive and include: * Ear, Hearing, Balance and Skull-Base Disorders * Surgeries of the Ear, Inner Ear, Facial Nerve and Skull-Base * Cochlear Implant Surgery, Consulting, Mapping, and Ongoing Care * Hearing Assessment & Testing * Implantable Hearing Aids * Digital Hearing Aids * Dizziness, Vertigo, and Imbalance Assessment & Treatment * Electrophysiology Testing
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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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Audiology and Hearing Center
(813) 343-4981
10860 Sheldon Rd
Tampa, FL
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SundayClosed
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Leonardi Hearing Center, Inc.
(239) 829-5572
16251 N Cleveland Ave Ste 8
Fort Myers, FL
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At Leonardi Hearing Center, we take the time to listen and care. We can fit you with the right hearing devices for your specific hearing loss and budget. We also take the time to educate you as to your options, so you can make a more informed and confident decision when choosing your new hearing instruments. We offer all styles of hearing devices including the newest, most technologically advanced digital hearing instruments on the market today. In addition, we offer competitive prices for top-
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,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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