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Real-Ear Testing Waterville ME

Local resource for real-ear testing in Waterville, ME. 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.

Maine General Medical Center
(207) 430-3697
30 Chase Ave F. T. Hill Center
Waterville, ME
Services
* Emergency and critical care * A full range of inpatient and outpatient surgery * Diagnostic services * Substance abuse and mental health services * Cancer care * Maternity services and newborn and child health programs
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Healthcare Assoc. Inc.
(207) 430-3673
89 Hospital St Ste 3
Augusta, ME
Hours
SundayClosed
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Central Maine Audiology
(888) 407-9839
475 Pleasant Street Suite 11
Lewiston, ME
Services
Central Maine Audiology is the premier audiology and hearing aid provider in Central Maine. Formerly H.E.A.R., Inc., we provide diagnostic hearing evaluations and hearing aid services, specializing in digital technology.
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
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Great Scott Audiology, PA
(207) 504-5157
331 Maine St Ste 4A
Brunswick, ME
Services
Services include: hearing evaluations, site of lesion testing, immittance measures, hearing aid evaluation, repair and adjustments and central auditory processing testing
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Healthcare Assoc. Inc.
(207) 228-6728
44 Elm St
Topsham, ME
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Audiology and Hearing Aid Svcs
(207) 430-3698
325 D Kennedy Memorial Drive
Waterville, ME
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Maine General Medical Center
(207) 430-3696
Audiology Dept. 6 E Chestnut St
Augusta, ME
Services
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 is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital?•Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automatically to any
Hours
SundayClosed
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Affiliated Pharmacy Service
(207) 561-6216
431 State St PO Box 1779
Bangor, ME
Services
General Pharmacy Services
Hours
Sunday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Monday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Maine General Medical Center
(207) 430-3696
Audiology Dept. 6 E Chestnut St
Augusta, ME
Services
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 is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital?•Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automatically to any
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Audiology and Hearing Aid Svcs
(207) 430-3698
325 D Kennedy Memorial Drive
Waterville, ME
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SundayClosed
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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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