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Audiologist Albany NY

Local resource for audiolgists in Albany. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to hearing aids, hearing loss services, hearing tests, ear, nose and throat specialists and ear doctors, as well as advice and content on hearing loss resources and services.

Albany Medical Center
(518) 312-4975
43 New Scotland Ave Mail Code 154
Albany, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Aid Centers
(518) 320-7162
1540 Central Ave
Albany, NY
Services
Advanced Hearing Aid Centers Offers:•Repair service on all makes and models•Discounted pricing on batteries•Imagine technology - mini sized hearing aids•NuEar hearing aids
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Saint Peters Hospital
(518) 618-4844
1240 New Scotland Rd Ste 100
Slingerlands, NY
Hours
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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Sunny View Hospital
(518) 557-8836
3757 Carman Rd
Schenectady, NY
Services
Adult Day ServicesEddy DayBreak is an innovative adult day service that helps improve quality of life for seniors who still live independently in the community, or who are cared for by family members.DayBreak programs offer a full range of health and social services to help older adults with physical, emotional, or mental impairments, or who require supervision and/or medical care. Services enable older adults to remain independent for as long as possible, while allowing caregivers relief from t
Hours
SundayClosed
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Capital Region Ear Institute
(518) 439-4326
1220 New Scotland Road
Albany, NY
Specialty
Hearing and Balance Disorders, Vertigo, Acoustic Neuroma, Tinnitus, Cochlear
Education
Columbia University, NY; House Ear Institute Fellowship, CA
Associated Hospitals
St. Peters Hospital, Albany Medical Center, Saratoga Hospital

University Ear, Nose & Throat
(518) 708-6216
35 Hackett Blvd
Albany, NY
Services
Hearing Loss - Audiology Hearing Aids Custom Hearing Protection and Swim MoldsCochlear ImplantsHearing & Balance Disorders - Otology/Neurotology TinnitusAcoustic Neuroma Dizziness / Meniere''s Disease Hearing lossNasal & Sinus Disorders - Rhinology Chronic nose bleeds (epistaxis) Deviated septum Nasal obstruction Sinus disease Pediatric Otolaryngology Airway Obstruction Cochlear implants Ear infections / Ear tubes Excessive Drooling Hearing loss Neck Masses Nose bleeds (epistaxis) Sinusitis Spee
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiologic Solutions LLC
(518) 203-2389
2 Empire Dr Ste 204
Rensselaer, NY
Services
Audiologic Solutions offers a full range of hearing services, including: diagnostic testing, treatment, pre-employment hearing testing, tinnitus retraining therapy, custom hearing protection, swim plugs, musicians plugs, assisitive listening devices, hearing aids including Oticon, Sonic Innovations, Phonak, Vivatone, Siemens, Widex and Resound, batteries, and repairs.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
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Madison Hearing Center
(518) 708-6133
1547 Columbia Tpke Ste 1
Castleton On Hudson, NY
Services
Our Rehabilitative Services? Tinnitus and retraining therapy? The Capital Region’s only Life’s SoundSuites, using a virtual reality theater toevaluate hearing aid performance indifferent listening situations? Full service hearing instrumentmaintenance and repair on all makes andmodels? Ear mold impressions for hearing devices,swim plugs, noise protection,musicians’filters, cell phones, and music players? Assistive Listening Devices (amplifiedtelephones, neck loops for t-coil ai
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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SunnyView Hearing Center
(518) 631-5920
1270 Belmont Ave
Schenectady, NY
Services
Advanced state of the art hearing aids.Comprehensive hearing evaluations for patients of all ages.Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) evaluations.Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing.Central Auditory Processing (CAP) evaluations.Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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SunnyView Hearing Center
(518) 631-5920
1270 Belmont Ave
Schenectady, NY
Services
Advanced state of the art hearing aids.Comprehensive hearing evaluations for patients of all ages.Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) evaluations.Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing.Central Auditory Processing (CAP) evaluations.Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Air-Bone Gap - What’s That?

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A man wrote:

After three years of badgering, (and constant reminders that I was getting tired of repeating myself) my 84 year old aunt finally went to an audiologist for a hearing evaluation.

Upon finishing the audiogram, she was told to go see an ENT, in order to have her “Air-Bone Gap” evaluated. I’ve never heard of an air-bone gap before. What the Sam Hill is it anyway?

Good question. The reason for this strange and oxymoronic-sounding term, and the cause of your confusion, is that this term is really just a contraction audiologists use instead of saying, “The results of your air-conduction hearing tests and the results of your bone-conduction hearing tests don’t match each other because your air-conduction tests gave much poorer results than your bone-conduction tests.”

The difference (or gap) between these two lines plotted on your audiogram is the air [conduction] – bone [conduction] gap or air- bone gap for short. For example, if your audiogram showed an air- conduction hearing loss of 70 dB while your bone-conduction test results only showed a 40 dB hearing loss for a given test frequency, then the difference between them in this case would be an air-bone gap of 30 dB (70 – 40 = 30).

In case you are interested, air-conduction tests evaluate your ability to hear sounds traveling through the air in your ear canals, then vibrating your ear drums, which in turn vibrate the three tiny bones in your middle ears and then transmit these vibrations via the oval window to your cochlea.

In contrast, bone-conduction tests evaluate your hearing by placing a bone oscillator (vibrator) on the mastoid bone behind your ear. This directly vibrates your skull and thus your cochlea, which is embedded in your skull - thus effectively bypassing your ear canal, ear drum and middle ear bones.

If there is a difference between the air-conduction and bone- conduction test results, this indicates problems somewhere in your outer or middle ears. This could be something such as wax (or “junk”) in your ear canal blocking incoming sounds, a hole or other problem in your eardrum, fluid in your middle ear, damage to your middle ear bones (for example—otosclerosis), etc.

That is why if there is an air-bone gap you typically want to see an ear specialist to find out why. The good news is that often these kinds of problems can be fixed by an ear specialist...

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