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Real-Ear Testing South Portland ME

Local resource for real-ear testing in South Portland, ME. 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.

Northeast Hearing & Speech Ctr
(207) 228-7048
75 West Commercial St Ste 205
Portland, ME
Services
Services Hearing Services• Screenings and evaluations for all ages• Follow-up assessment following hospital hearing screening of newborns• Hearing loss management/hearing conservation programs• Hearing aid dispensing and counseling• Assistive Listening Device evaluation and dispensing• Central Auditory Processing Disorder evaluation and intervention• Client counseling regarding assertive listening and coping strategies• Family and teacher counseling regard
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Demetri Antoniow, M.D.
(207) 228-9774
15 Sewall St
Portland, ME
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:45 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:45 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:45 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:45 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:45 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Marty Layne Associates
(207) 228-0138
23 Spring St Ste D
Scarborough, ME
Services
Diagnostic testing Assistive technologies Swim plugs Anesthesiology earmolds Audio productsHearing Loss Counseling Repairs Second opinions Physician consultation Family Education Hearing instrument cleaning
Hours
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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Marty Layne Associates
(888) 771-0349
301 Main St
Saco, ME
Services
Diagnostic testingHearing Loss CounselingRepairsSecond opinionsPhysician consultationFamily EducationHearing instrument cleaning
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Marty Layne Associates
(866) 697-7929
2 Livewell Dr Ste 203
Kennebunk, ME
Hours
SundayClosed
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Julius Damion, Md
(207) 228-2752
15 Sewall St
Portland, ME
Services
About Our Practice: Specialties/Medical Services: Dr. Damion is Board-Certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He provides medical and surgical treatment of sinusitis, stuffy nose, snoring, hoarseness, sore throat, ear infections, hearing loss, and other ear, nose, and throat disorders. Hearing testing and hearing aids are available.
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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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Maine Medical Partners
(207) 228-2747
1250 Forest Ave Ste 301
Portland, ME
Hours
SundayClosed
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Village Hearing Care
(207) 228-0049
347 Main St Ste 1A
Gorham, ME
Services
Why wait for tomorrow? Hear better today! · State-of the-Art Service with a Convenient Gorham Location · Complete Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations - Pediatric through Geriatric · Hearing Instrument Fitting, Professional Audiologic Programming and Follow up Care® Full Range of Hearing Aid Technologies from Basic to the Most Advanced Digital® 30-day Hearing Instrument Trial Period® Hearing Aid Batteries and Accessories ·
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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Village Hearing Care
(207) 228-0049
347 Main St Ste 1A
Gorham, ME
Services
Why wait for tomorrow? Hear better today! · State-of the-Art Service with a Convenient Gorham Location · Complete Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations - Pediatric through Geriatric · Hearing Instrument Fitting, Professional Audiologic Programming and Follow up Care® Full Range of Hearing Aid Technologies from Basic to the Most Advanced Digital® 30-day Hearing Instrument Trial Period® Hearing Aid Batteries and Accessories ·
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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Maine Medical Partners
(207) 228-2747
1250 Forest Ave Ste 301
Portland, ME
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SundayClosed
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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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