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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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Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

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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Audiology/Hear Center
(253) 777-3204
5821 Sprague Court
Tacoma, WA
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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Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

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
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

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
Payment
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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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Audiosense Hearing LLC
(425) 336-4093
10573 SE Carr Road
Renton, WA
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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Vancouver ENT Head & Neck
(360) 369-4133
14411 NE 20th Ave Ste 101
Vancouver, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Spencer Audiology Clinic Inc
(360) 312-4772
1000 McKenzie Ave Ste 12
Bellingham, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Eastside Audiology
(425) 358-4332
49 Front St N
Issaquah, WA
Services
Our ServicesWe are a preferred provider with most major insurance companies. Cash, check, and VISA or MasterCard are accepted. For financial assistance, we work with the Washington Assistive Technology Foundation (WATF) to obtain low-cost financing when needed. •Comprehensive hearing evaluations for adults and children of all ages•Complimentary hearing screenings•Hearing aid dispensing and evaluations•Assistive listening devices for special situations•Free demonstrations
Hours
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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