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Real-Ear Testing Toledo OH

Local resource for real-ear testing in Toledo, OH. 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.

Kenwood Hearing Center
(419) 740-7159
3450 W Central Ave Ste 134
Toledo, OH
Services
Kenwood Hearing Center understands that this is your healthcare and will work with you to arrive at the best treatment for your needs. There is no one perfect solution for everyone. Each patient''s needs and desires will be examined on an individual basis.Protecting your hearing today and through your lifetime is equally as important as rehabilitating hearing loss. We provide a full range of products and services designed to protect you from the acoustic traumas of today’s world.Hearing Sc
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SundayClosed
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Flower Hospital
(734) 888-4083
5300 Harroun Rd Ste 218
Sylvania, OH
Hours
SundayClosed
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Earsmart Hearing Center
(419) 473-1456
3149 W Sylvania Ave
Toledo, OH
 
Mariemont Hearing Center
(513) 268-4020
6954 Madisonville Rd
Cincinnati, OH
Services
Audiological evaluationsHearing aid dispensingIndustrial audiologyCustom hearing productsRehabilitative audiology
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Earzlink Hearing Care
(614) 385-1540
6500 E Main St
Reynoldsburg, OH
Services
Hearing EvaluationsThis is the first step needed to identify whether or not a hearing loss is present. We start with an otoscopic inspection of your ear canal and tympanic membrane (eardrum), to ensure that there are no obstructions or abnormalities.Followed by... Sound Field testing: a series of one-syllable words presented at normal conversation volume measuring your initial speech discrimination ability.Air Conduction testing: a series of tones at different volumes and frequencies, testing ho
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SundayClosed ,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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Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic
(419) 823-9105
3000 Arlington Ave Medical College Of Ohio
Toledo, OH
Services
Full range of audiological services including hearing testing, hearing aid fittings and repairs,tinnitus treatment and dizzy clinic. Ear protection along with musician plugs and other assitive listening devices.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic
(419) 823-9213
1601 Brigham Dr Ste 160
Perrysburg, OH
Services
Full range of audiological services including hearing testing, hearing aid fittings and repairs,tinnitus treatment and dizzy clinic. Ear protection along with musician plugs and other assitive listening devices.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Delaware Speech & Hearing Ctr.
(740) 513-2603
494 W Central Ave
Delaware, OH
Services
In 1959 the Delaware City-County Speech and Hearing Center was founded.The Center began providing testing and basic services at the local health department 25 hours per week. At that time, only six cities within the state of Ohio had speech and hearing centers in operation. The Ohio Department of Health supported the Center financially for two years as a pilot study, after which the Center was expected to rely on local funding. Our programs expanded in 1968 to include full time Speech Pathology
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Earzlink Hearing Care
(614) 328-8856
1781 Countryside Dr
Lancaster, OH
Services
Great products are received only when accompanied by GREAT SERVICE. Earzlink Hearing Care sets the highest possible service standards with a patient centered approach to everything we do. Your best value in hearing care can only exist when the best products and the best service are delivered together.Hearing EvaluationsThis is the first step needed to identify whether or not a hearing loss is present. We start with an otoscopic inspection of your ear canal and tympanic membrane (eardrum), to e
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SundayClosed
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Family Audiology Associates
(888) 682-2107
950 S Main St Ste 4
Celina, OH
Services
# Hearing Evaluations for Newborns, Children& Adults# Hearing Aid Fitting & Repair# Dizziness/Imbalance Testing & Rehabilitation# Tinnitus Evaluations & Coping Consultations# Auditory Brainstem Evoked Response Testing# Assistive Listening Devices# Custom-made hearing protection for occupational noise, outdoorsmen and musicians# Custom-made earmolds for swimmers, cell phone users, iPod, MP3 player users, motorcyclists, boaters, and hunters
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,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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