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Real-Ear Testing Salem NH

Local resource for real-ear testing in Salem, 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.

Holy Family Hospital
(978) 208-2436
70 East St
Methuen, MA
Services
Getting Hearing AidsOnce you have told us your history and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements:Which ear has a problem hearing?Which style of hearing aid is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital?Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automatically to any hearing si
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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Keith D Jorgensen MD
(603) 329-3407
44 Birch St Ste 304
Derry, NH
Services
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck SurgeryEndoscopic Sinus SurgeryTreatment for SnoringFacial Plastic SurgeryCertified through CLIA to perform IgE testingSkin testing for inhalant allergiesImmunotherapy with shots and dropsComplete audiological testing – air, bone and speech discriminationPediatric audiometryComplete hearing aid assessments, fittings, repairs, and care
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Andover ENT Center, Inc.
(978) 710-0655
198 Massachusetts Ave
North Andover, MA
Services
The Andover Ear, Nose & Throat Center offers specialized care in diseases of the ear, nose and throat as well as for most complaints related to the head and neck. We care for all age groups ranging from infants and children to adults and senior citizens. If you someone you know have any of the following listed problems, you may need an evaluation by one of our specialists. * Nasal Congestion * Allergies * Sinus Problems * Sore Throat * Nosebleeds * Cough * Swallowing Problem
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Solutions New England
(603) 769-3372
3 Allds St
Nashua, NH
Services
Your experience with our practice will include:Diagnosis and treatment by audiologists with over 50 years combined experience diagnosing hearing loss and dispensing hearing aidsOur audiologists will analyze all of your diagnostic testing, reports and recommend treatment. They will also fit you with the hearing aids, if hearing aids are appropriate for your condition.
Hours
SundayClosed
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FAMILY HEARING CENTER
(603) 769-3103
159 Main Dunstable Rd Ste 207
Nashua, NH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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North Shore Hearing Center LLC
(978) 420-4570
62 Brown St Ste 204
Haverhill, MA
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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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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Andover Hearing Center, LLC
(978) 289-4203
11 Chestnut St
Andover, MA
Services
Whether your hearing needs call for state-of-the-art technology, or simply the best product for your budget, Andover Hearing Center can provide you with the services and instruments you need to improve your hearing. We take the time to evaluate your needs and make recommendations to help address your individual requirements. Satisfaction with your instrument is our number one priority and we will work hard to see that you are satisfied with your new hearing aid.Hearing EvaluationsWe take time
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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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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SNHMC
(603) 505-8189
10 Prospect St Ste 401
Nashua, NH
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SundayClosed
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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
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen 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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