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Real-Ear Testing San Antonio TX

Local resource for real-ear testing in San Antonio, TX. 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.

San Antonio Hearing Centers
(210) 446-3509
8003 Broadway St
San Antonio, TX
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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Alberto T. Fernandez, M.D.
(210) 446-3462
343 W Houston St Ste 409
San Antonio, TX
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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Alamo Hearing Aid And
(210) 446-3406
7400 Louis Pasteur Dr Ste 102
San Antonio, TX
Services
Acoustic ImmittanceComputerized, objective measurement of middle ear and its structures.Audiological EvaluationCompleted in a specially treated sound room with reliable, well-maintained equipment which determines hearing ability for pure tones and speech.Ear Wax RemovalSkillfully and carefully removed by trained audiologist using hand-held otoscope which provides sufficient light and magnification.Hearing Aid Cleaning/RepairHearing aid cleaning and repair is available in our office.Hearing Aid E
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San Antonio Hearing Center
(210) 428-6773
8600 Wurzbach Rd Ste 500
San Antonio, TX
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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San Antonio Hearing Centers
(210) 428-6620
510 Med Ct Ste 203
San Antonio, TX
Services
Hearing Tests: * Hearing Screenings * Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations * Tympanometry * Acoustic Reflex * Tone Decay * Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions Tinnitus & Hyperacousis Tests: * Loudness and Pitch Matching * Minimum Masking Levels * Residual Inhibition * Loudness Discomfort Levels Audiological EvaluationsAmong the many diagnostic tests offered at the center are audiograms for determining basic hearing ability and word recognition, middle ear analysis for evaluat
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The Harry Jersig Center
(210) 428-6745
411 Sw 24th St
San Antonio, TX
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Our Lady of the Lake University offers an innovative slate of majors and degrees unlike any you’re likely to encounter elsewhere. Because of our location and deep Hispanic roots, we’ve designed programs that not only speak to your intellectual and professional needs, but also to our regional workforce requirements. OLLU offers the following compelling choices: • 33 bachelor’s degrees, 14 master’s degrees and two doctoral degree programs with unique areas of study, i
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University Hospital
(210) 775-6753
4502 Medical Dr
San Antonio, TX
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Ear Medical Group
(210) 787-4409
21 Spurs Ln Ste 100
San Antonio, TX
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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San Antonio Hearing Centers
(210) 807-6022
12413 Judson Rd Ste 200
Live Oak, TX
Services
We provide advanced and comprehensive testing and high technology hearing aid dispensing. We are excited about our rapid growth in the San Antonio Texas area and our website is being refined in tune with our changes.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Hill Country Hearing, LLC
(830) 443-4172
124 E Bandera Rd Ste 201
Boerne, TX
Services
Audiologic Assessment, Immittance, Programmable Hearing Aids, Digital Hearing Aids Pediatric and Adult, Assistive Listening Devices, Aural Rehabilitation, Hearing Conservation Program, OAE teting, Musicians Ear Plugs, Ear Monitors, Swim Plugs, Noise Suppression Plugs, Industrial Audiology Programs, Wax Removal, Speech, Language Screenings and follow-up.
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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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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