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Real-Ear Testing Washington DC

Local resource for real-ear testing in Washington, DC. 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.

Gallaudet University, MTB
(202) 683-7240
800 Florida Ave NE SLCC RM 2200
Washington, DC
Services
Gallaudet University faculty, staff and students currently receive services for hearing aid evaluations, fittings and adjustments free of charge and also receive a discount on the cost of all new hearing aids and earmolds.Alumni and IMMEDIATE family members (spouses/partners, parents, children) of faculty, full-time staff and students also receive a discount on the cost of new hearing aids (digital technology only).
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SundayClosed
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Medical Faculty Associates Inc
(202) 684-7951
2021 K St NW Ste 312
Washington, DC
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SundayClosed
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DC Audiology
(202) 470-3873
2440 M St NW Ste 606
Washington, DC
Services
Patient privacy and record confidentiality are high-priorities at DC Audiology. Implementing a digital office required addressing security and privacy issues from the onset. Our equipment and network, including Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology, was designed around two requirements--reliability and security. Redundant servers and backup along with constantly updated and monitored security measures have proven successful. We have had no loss or corruption of patient information and no
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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 ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Georgetown University Hospital
(202) 470-1267
2115 Wisconsin Ave Second Floor
Washington, DC
Services
At Georgetown University Hospital, we know that not all heart cases are textbook. The challenges of managing complex heart failure, arrhythmia and recurring coronary artery disease require advanced knowledge and expertise that are difficult to maintain.
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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V. Patrick Mahat, MD PC
(202) 609-7950
3301 New Mexico Ave NW Ste 310
Washington, DC
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SundayOpen by Appointment ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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GWU Speech & Hearing Center
(202) 470-1697
2115 G St NW Ste B 01 Corner G & 21st St
Washington, DC
Services
Comprehensive hearing evaluationsHearing Aid Demo''s, Sales, ServiceALD/FM Demo''s, Sales, ServiceAural Rehabilitation for hearing aid usersAuditory Training Rehabilitation for cochlear implanteesCochlear Implant mapping (Cochlear Nucleus products)
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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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ENT Medical Grp Of Washington
(202) 683-7277
2021 K St NW Ste 210
Washington, DC
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SundayClosed
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Washington Hospital Center
(202) 683-7256
110 Irving St NW Rm GA102
Washington, DC
Services
Clinical ServicesAnesthesiology Center for Breast Health Cancer Cardiology Colorectal Cancer and Surgery Dermatology Ear Nose and Throat Specialists Gastroenterology Geriatrics and Long-Term Care General Internal Medicine Hearing & Speech Endocrinology Heart Services Hematology Oncology Infectious Diseases Interventional Radiology Medical Imaging Melanoma Center Nephrology Neuroscience Institute Nuclear Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology Ophthalmology Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Orthodontics
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SundayClosed
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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
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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
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University Of Maryland
(301) 850-1212
Le Frak Hall Room 0100
College Park, MD
Services
The Department''s Speech and Hearing Clinic provides speech, language, and hearing services for individuals with communication disorders. Individuals can be of any age. The clinic includes a Language-Learning Early-Advantage Program (LEAP), which offers communication enrichment for children between the ages of three and five and especially welcomes children with speech and/or language delays only or children learning English as a second language.
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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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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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