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Real-Ear Testing Spokane WA

Local resource for real-ear testing in Spokane, WA. 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.

Huston Hearing
(509) 651-5068
6 W Joseph Ave
Spokane, WA
Services
Hearing exams, Sells , service of all brands, repairs
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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Columbia Hearing Centers
(509) 283-7011
9922 N Nevada St
Spokane, WA
Services
Digital Vs AnalogDigital cameras, digital televisions, digital telephones, digital sounds… The word “digital” is used more frequently with all kinds of products. But what is digital? Is it really as great as they say?Analog or digital- what’s the difference?If you’ve read or heard about hearing aids, you may have noted that there are two types: analog and digital. Analog technology is the conventional way of treating sound, digital technology is the most modern way
Hours
SundayClosed
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Kitsap Audiology
(360) 633-2135
9995 Silverdale Way NW Ste 103
Silverdale, WA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Columbia Hearing Centers
(509) 283-7011
9922 N Nevada St
Spokane, WA
Services
Digital Vs AnalogDigital cameras, digital televisions, digital telephones, digital sounds… The word “digital” is used more frequently with all kinds of products. But what is digital? Is it really as great as they say?Analog or digital- what’s the difference?If you’ve read or heard about hearing aids, you may have noted that there are two types: analog and digital. Analog technology is the conventional way of treating sound, digital technology is the most modern way
Hours
SundayClosed
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Stantan Erwin M.D.
(253) 777-3224
316 Martin Luther King Jr Way Ste 305
Tacoma, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Huston Hearing
(509) 651-5066
9211 E Mission Ave Ste G
Spokane Valley, WA
Services
Hearing exams, Sells , service of all brands, repairs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Northwest Vestibular Svcs PLLC
(206) 701-6952
418 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Highline Hearing Professionals (formerly Highline Audiology)
(206) 792-9355
14400 Ambaum Blvd SW Ste G
Burien, WA
Services
We provide maintenance and minor repairs for most hearing aids in our office.When we cannot fix a hearing aid in-house, we can send it to the original manufacturer or to an all-make repair lab. Often the aids can be returned to original specifications. Instruments sent out for repair are generally ready to be picked up in ten days to two weeks.We offer no-charge loaner instruments to patients who must send their hearing aids in for repair.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Audiology LLC
(360) 312-7261
902 N State St Ste 102
Bellingham, WA
Services
Try to have your hearing evaluated by an Audiologist. Audiologists generally are the most knowledgeable of the practioners that evaluate and fit hearing aids. -Testimony to the Special Senate Committee on Aging, September 15, 1993 by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Try to have your hearing evaluated by an Audiologist. Audiologists generally are the most knowledgeable of the practioners that evaluate and fit hearing aids. -Testimony to the Special Senate Committee on Aging, Se
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Sunday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,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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The Hearing Advantage
(360) 930-3322
22180 Olympic College Way St 205
Poulsbo, WA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs): FM SystemsAudiometric evaluations for Children and AdultsBattery salesEar Molds & Swim MoldsHearing aid fittings and evaluationsOtoacoustic EmissionsReal-ear measurement
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:30 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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