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Real-Ear Testing Worcester MA

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Associates In Otolaryngology
(508) 859-4269
48 Elm St
Worcester, MA
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Hearing & AudiologyOur audiology department provides diagnostic hearing evaluations and comprehensive hearing aid services.Pediatric EvaluationsHearing loss may affect a child''s ability to learn as well as speech and language development. Early detection and intervention is important in the successful treatment of hearing loss in children.Testing is available for all age levels and includes evaluation of hearing ability and range.Adult EvaluationsComprehensive evaluations allow us to determine
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Umass Memorial Rehab. Group
(508) 859-4023
15 Belmont St Ste 3
Worcester, MA
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Susan Foley
(888) 577-5501
186 Fairmont Ave
Worcester, MA
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SundayClosed
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New England Hearing Instrument
(508) 439-4487
24 Julio Dr Ste 101
Shrewsbury, MA
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We offer The following services:Hearing assessment for all agesHearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids including digital technologyCounseling and rehabilitation for patients and their familiesAssistive listening devices for telephone, television, and public areasSwim molds, ear molds, and noise protectorsEvaluation and treatment for tinnitus
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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McCracken
(508) 859-4081
91 McCracken Rd
Millbury, MA
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Supports a wide variety of loan programs to meet your customer''s needs- Names and Addresses entered once and available for use on multiple agreements- WriteTrack tool create bills, letters, and notices using Microsoft® Word and Strategy data- Standardized Templates for Name and Address by Country- Borrower Inquiry add-on allows Customers to view loan information securely over the web- Standardized Templates for Name and Address by Country- Choose more fields to Create Letters from Strategy-
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American Hearing Aids Inc.
(508) 859-4022
475 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA
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We provide hearing testing, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, hearing aid repairs, batteries, assistive listening devices, storage and cleaning products for hearing aids, custom-made swim plugs, earmolds and musician''s ear pieces.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Better Hearing Solutions
(508) 859-4082
24 Park Ave
Worcester, MA
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Mass Audiology LLC
(508) 436-2116
23 Midstate Dr Rear Entrance , Ste 202
Auburn, MA
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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The Hearing Aid Center At
(508) 859-4030
42 Southbridge St Receiving Department
Auburn, MA
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1. First we''ll consult with you on your lifestyle to determine your needs and expectations. The rhythms of your life, the environments you live in and your style of interaction will all figure into our recommendations.2. You will experience a free audiometric test*, including speech recognition in noise and loudness discomfort levels. The purpose of these procedures is to measure the degree of any possible impairment3. Once you complete your hearing assessment, you''ll know whether you have any
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Samina Khan DBA
(508) 859-4084
3 Garfield Drive
Westborough, MA
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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 - 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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