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Real-Ear Testing Sioux Falls SD

Local resource for real-ear testing in Sioux Falls, SD. 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.

Stanford Hearing Aids
(605) 610-2473
301 W 14th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
Audiological and Hearing Aid Services
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mc Kennan Hospital
(605) 610-2500
1325 S Cliff Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Regional Hearing Center
(605) 593-4731
640 Flormann St
Rapid City, SD
Services
Testing (all tests include history and otoscopy)Adult Hearing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation (standard hearing testing protocol):Pure tone Air and Bone Speech threshold scrimination Tympanograms Reflexese tone air o Central Auditory Processing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation Central Processing test batSpeech in noise comprehension testingHINT (Used by some government agencies)SPRINT (Military)Quick SAided thresholds
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Health Centers
(888) 430-3450
3801 S Western Ave Ste 105
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
Assistive Listening Devices,Battery Program,Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations,Hearing Aid Clean and Checks,Hearing Aid Demonstrations,Hearing Aid Evaluations,Hearing Aid Fittings,Hearing Aid Repair Service,Hearing Health Club,Loaner Hearing Aids,Noise Protection,Tinnitus Diagnostics and Management,Video-Otoscopy and Wax Removal
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Midwest ENT Associates PC
(605) 610-2421
2315 W 57th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
The EarsHearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of Otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.The NoseAbout 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Cash,Check,Insurance

Hearing Health Centers
(888) 430-3450
3801 S Western Ave Ste 105
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
Assistive Listening Devices,Battery Program,Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations,Hearing Aid Clean and Checks,Hearing Aid Demonstrations,Hearing Aid Evaluations,Hearing Aid Fittings,Hearing Aid Repair Service,Hearing Health Club,Loaner Hearing Aids,Noise Protection,Tinnitus Diagnostics and Management,Video-Otoscopy and Wax Removal
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Midwest ENT Associates PC
(605) 610-2421
2315 W 57th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
The EarsHearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of Otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.The NoseAbout 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Cash,Check,Insurance

Stanford Hearing Aids
(605) 610-2473
301 W 14th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
Audiological and Hearing Aid Services
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Mountain Plains
(605) 593-4701
1522 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Hearing Health Clinics Midwest Inc.
(605) 277-9343
1315 6th Ave SE
Aberdeen, SD
Services
Hearing Evaluation:Otoscopic Examination Air Conduction Threshold Most Comfortable Listening Level (MCL)Uncomfortable Loudness Level (UCL)Extensive Testing:Word Recognition (WR) (or Speech Discrimination (SD) Testing)Bone Conduction ThresholdMaskingTests of Middle Ear FunctionOther Services:Work and School ScreeningsHearing Instrument Adjustments Dispensing Hearing InstrumentsHearing Instrument Maintenance and Repair Hearing Instrument Loaner Program Hearing instrument accessories Ear care produ
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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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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