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Real-Ear Testing State College PA

Local resource for real-ear testing in State College, PA. 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.

William A.Turley, Ed D CCC A
(814) 753-4575
611 University Dr
State College, PA
Hours
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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Penn State University
(814) 753-4620
110 Ford Building
University Park, PA
Hours
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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Center For Hrg And Deaf Svc
(412) 567-4681
1945 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Services
Hearing & Hearing Aid EvaluationsEar molds, swim plugs, hearing protectionHearing Aid Sales and ServiceIndustrial Hearing Screening ProgramHearing Aid Recycling ProgramAssistive Devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Aid Services
(610) 628-3946
1575 Pond Rd Ste 203
Allentown, PA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing And Ear Care
(717) 769-4784
200 Schneider Dr Ste 100
Lebanon, PA
Services
The Hearing and Ear Care centers are ready to serve your hearing care needs in the south central Pennsylvania area.
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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Albrecht Audiology Services
(814) 753-4279
233 Easterly Pkwy
State College, PA
Services
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
Hours
SundayClosed
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Uhring's Hearing And Balance Center LLC.
(814) 237-3267
611 University Drive
State College, PA
Specialty
Hearing Aids, Auditory Processing
Gender
Female
Education
Au.D.
Professional Memberships
Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology

Uhrings Hearing And
(814) 251-9029
6678 Towne Center Blvd
Huntingdon, PA
Services
Auditory processing evaluations and therapy; hearing evaluations for adults, children and infants; hearing aid fittings and repairs; and evaluations for balance disorders.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Unlimited Inc.
(412) 436-3357
665 Rodi Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Valley Forge Hearing
(610) 590-4113
206 Gay St
Phoenixville, PA
Services
DIAGNOSTIC HEARING EVALUATIONS A Hearing Test or ‘Audiologic Evaluation’ is performed to help determine if there is hearing loss. Not only are we looking at the type and amount of hearing loss present, but also possible causes of the loss. if the loss can effectively be treated by medicine or surgery, we refer the patient to the otolaryngologist. If the loss is permanent and appears to not be caused by a medical condition, we can proceed with a hearing aid evaluation. HEARING AID EVALUATIONRa
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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 ,FridayClosed ,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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