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Real-Ear Testing Youngstown OH

Local resource for real-ear testing in Youngstown, 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.

Saint Elizabeth Hospital
(330) 787-9513
1044 Belmont Ave
Youngstown, OH
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Lippy Group Hearing Aid Center
(330) 984-4418
3893 E Market St
Warren, OH
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A wide range of medical services is provided at the Lippy Group for Ear, Nose and Throat. These include:Evaluation and diagnosis of ENT disorders Medical and surgical management of ENT disorders Daily urgent care appointments Pediatric Otolaryngology Balance Clinic Botox Cosmetic Hearing Aids Allergy Clinic CT Scanner
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B. Dennis Shaw M Ed
(724) 734-4076
1951 Shenango Valley Fwy Ste 1SW
Hermitage, PA
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Cleveland Clinic - Solon
(440) 287-7658
29800 Bainbridge Rd
Solon, OH
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Saint Joseph Health Center
(330) 984-4408
667 Eastland Ave SE
Warren, OH
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Youngstown Hearing & Speech
(330) 787-9492
6614 Southern Blvd
Youngstown, OH
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The Youngstown Hearing & Speech Center (YHSC) is a comprehensive hearing and Speech Center serving infants, children and adults with communication disorders. YHSC provides administrative assistance for The Community Center for the Deaf which provides case management and interpreting services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing in a twelve county region from Ashtabula to Steubenville.
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Saint Joseph Health Center
(330) 984-4408
667 Eastland Ave SE
Warren, OH
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J. K. Hearing Center
(440) 969-6410
170 Huntington Trail
Cortland, OH
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(216) 245-4615
26900 Cedar Rd Ste 315 S
Beachwood, OH
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Earzlink Hearing Care
(614) 328-8856
1781 Countryside Dr
Lancaster, OH
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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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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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