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Audiologist Anchorage AK

Local resource for audiolgists in Anchorage. 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.

Alaska Speech & Hearing Clinic
(866) 422-7265
2401 E 42nd Street Suite 101
Anchorage, AK
Services
Speech / Language EvaluationHearing EvaluationSpeech TherapyCochlear Implant TherapyOccupational TherapyIndividual and Group TherapyFeeding TherapyAuditory Processing Disorders Asberger SyndromeAutism Cleft and Repaired PaletesDown SyndromeDelayed SpeechLanguage DisordersVoice Output Device Consults Voice Output Device TrainingDiagnostic hearing evaluationsHearing device evaluations and dispensingHearing device repair/serviceHearing Aid supplies including batteries Assistive listening devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Northern Hearing Services Inc
(888) 365-7025
4200 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 302
Anchorage, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but: * History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surg
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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The Hearing Center
(888) 905-6463
9095 Glacier Hwy Ste 103
Juneau, AK
Services
We provide comprehensive hearing health-care services including hearing assessments, education, and hearing aid sales and service.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Northern Hearing Services
(888) 838-5049
935 Westpoin Dr Ste 101
Wasilla, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but:History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surgeries
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Gibbs Allison MD
(907) 561-7111
3260 Providence Dr Ste 425
Anchorage, AK
 
Anchorage Audiology Clinic
(888) 857-2903
3730 Rhone Cir Ste 104
Anchorage, AK
Services
Diagnostic EvaluationsHearing Aid EvaluationsHearing Aid Fittings, Repairs, Service and SuppliesCustome Earmolds, Swim Plugs, Hearing Protection
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Alaska Speech & Hearing Clinic
(866) 422-7265
2401 E 42nd Street Suite 101
Anchorage, AK
Services
Speech / Language EvaluationHearing EvaluationSpeech TherapyCochlear Implant TherapyOccupational TherapyIndividual and Group TherapyFeeding TherapyAuditory Processing Disorders Asberger SyndromeAutism Cleft and Repaired PaletesDown SyndromeDelayed SpeechLanguage DisordersVoice Output Device Consults Voice Output Device TrainingDiagnostic hearing evaluationsHearing device evaluations and dispensingHearing device repair/serviceHearing Aid supplies including batteries Assistive listening devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Northern Hearing Services Inc
(888) 365-7025
4200 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 302
Anchorage, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but: * History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surg
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Anchorage Audiology Clinic
(888) 857-2903
3730 Rhone Cir Ste 104
Anchorage, AK
Services
Diagnostic EvaluationsHearing Aid EvaluationsHearing Aid Fittings, Repairs, Service and SuppliesCustome Earmolds, Swim Plugs, Hearing Protection
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Pediatrix Medical Group
(907) 563-3026
3340 Providence Dr Ste 466
Anchorage, AK
 

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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