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Albrecht Audiology Services
(814) 753-4279
233 Easterly Pkwy
State College, PA
Hearing Aid: Sales and Service- Dr. Judy Albrecht dispenses and services an extensive line of hearing aids with a broad selection of advanced technology. Designed with computer technology to match a person''s hearing loss, today''s hearing aids are more complex and much more effective than in the past. Hearing Aid: Warranty service- Hearing instruments that were fitted by us will be serviced at no charge while under warranty. If purchased elsewhere, there will be a handling charge for warranty r
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Penn State University
(814) 753-4620
110 Ford Building
University Park, PA
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Ross Hearing
(570) 309-6806
444 N Main Ave
Scranton, PA
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Aria Health
(215) 543-6983
10800 Knights Road Torresdale Campus
Philadelphia, PA
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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Amplified Hearing LLC
(570) 763-4089
54 W End Rd
Hanover Township, PA
Amplified Hearing LLC provides the following services in our state-of-the-art facility:Comprehensive Audiological Evaluation (Air/Bone Conduction Threshold, Speech Reception Threshold & Word Recognition Testing, Tympanometry for Middle Ear Function, Video-Otoscopy w/monitor for patient viewing of their ear canalTinnitus (Ringing) Assessment & CounselingProfessional reporting to your physicianIndustrial Hearing Screenings and Hearing Conservation ProgramOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Testing for inf
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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William A.Turley, Ed D CCC A
(814) 753-4575
611 University Dr
State College, PA
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Uhring's Hearing And Balance Center LLC.
(814) 237-3267
611 University Drive
State College, PA
Hearing Aids, Auditory Processing
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(717) 312-4852
34 Northeast Drive 3rd Floor
Hershey, PA
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E N T Associates
(610) 400-8477
80 West Welsh Pool Road #103 Exton Lionville Medical Arts
Exton, PA
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L A Lenkner Audiology & Speech
(412) 685-4159
4000 Main St
Homestead, PA
* Audiological testing * Diagnostic Hearing testing * Tympanometry * Hearing aid evaluation * Visible Speech * Hearing aid dispensing * Hearing aid batteries and supplies * Custom Earmolds * Swimmolds * Custom Hearing Protection Earmolds * Musician Earmolds * Aural rehabilitation * Hearing aid repairs * Lip Reading/Speech Reading training * Speech-Language Evaluations & treatment (limited to pre-school & school age children)
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 - 03:00 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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