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Real-Ear Testing Waldorf MD

Local resource for real-ear testing in Waldorf, MD. 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.

Hearing Professionals Inc
(301) 710-5804
3460 Old Washington Rd Ste 203
Waldorf, MD
Services
Amplified Telephones, TV Ears, Alarm Clocks with Shakers, Pocket Talkers, Doorbell Signalers, Smoke detectors
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Massa and Associates
(703) 436-2767
6355 Walker Ln Ste 411
Alexandria, VA
Services
Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationHearing Device Fittings and ServicesOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)-Neonatal hearing screeningAuditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Electrocochleography (ECoG)Videonystagmography (VNG)Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
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
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Advanced Hearing Health Care, P.L.C.
(703) 539-5036
611 S Carlin Springs Rd Ste 106
Arlington, VA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALD''s) DemonstrationsAural RehabilitationComprehensive Audiological TestingHearing aid AccessoriesHearing Aid Checks/CleaningsHearing Aid ConsultationsHearing Aid Repairs/RemakesHearing Protection DevicesHigh Frequency AudiometryTo monitor ototoxicityImmittance TestingOtoacoustic
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 PM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Preferred Hearing Center
(301) 658-7713
18109 Prince Philip Dr Ste 300
Olney, MD
Services
In order to adjust your hearing aid to your individual requirements, we first determine your personal hearing profile, or audiogram. This is done by testing your ability to hear a variety of speech and environmental sounds.CounsellingOnce you have told us your problems and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements:Which ear has a problem hearing? Which style of hearing aid
Hours
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
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Cynthia Crosniak, MD
(301) 658-7694
18111 Prince Philip Dr Ste 224
Olney, MD
Services
•Nasal & Sinus Disorders•Balloon Sinuplasty•Obstructive Sleep Apnea•Tumors of the Head & Neck•Pediatric Disorders•Voice & Swallowing Disorders•Thyroid Surgery•Hearing Loss & Tinnitus•Dizziness &Vertigo
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Massa and Associates
(703) 436-2688
2616 Sherwood Hall Ln Ste 408
Alexandria, VA
Services
Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationHearing Device Fitting and ServiceOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)-Neonatal hearing screeningAuditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Electrocochleography (ECoG)Videonystagmography (VNG)Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
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
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Advanced Hearing Lorton Office
(703) 436-2686
8986 Lorton Station Blvd Ste 201
Lorton, VA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALD''s) DemonstrationsAural RehabilitationComprehensive Audiological TestingHearing aid AccessoriesHearing Aid Checks/CleaningsHearing Aid ConsultationsHearing Aid Repairs/RemakesHearing Protection DevicesHigh Frequency AudiometryTo monitor ototoxicityImmittance TestingOtoacoustic EmissionsWe accept most major insurance companies.
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Insurance

Commonwealth Audiology (and Commonwealth ENT)
(703) 878-0777
2280 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Specialty
Diagnostic Audiology, Hearing Aid Fittings, General ENT, facial plastic surgery, allergy testing, sleep studies.
Gender
female audiologist, male ENT physician
Education
doctoral degree, M.D.
Associated Hospitals
Potomac Hospital, Fairfax Hospital
Professional Memberships
AAA, ASHA, AAOHNS, AASM

ENTAA Care - Columbia
(410) 881-0147
11085 Little Patuxent Pkwy Ste 101
Columbia, MD
Services
# Comprehensive hearing examinations and consultations# Dispensing, adjusting, programming, and repairing of traditional and digital hearing aids# Tests for dizziness and ear noises (tinnitis)# Central Auditory Processing evaluations# Custom ear plugs * Swim Plugs * Noise Protection Plugs * Musician''s Earplugs # Hearing Aid Accessories * Batteries * Cleaning Tools * Wax protection inserts n
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Johns Hopkins University
(443) 552-3280
601 N Caroline St JHOC-6021
Baltimore, MD
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

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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