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Audiologist Ashburn VA

Local resource for audiolgists in Ashburn. 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.

ENT & Allergy Specialists
(703) 348-3631
44320 Premier Plaza Suite 110
Ashburn, VA
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Vienna Fairoaks Hearing And
(703) 348-0158
3650 Joseph Siewick Dr Ste 309
Fairfax, VA
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Leesburg Family Hearing
(703) 297-8529
211 Gibson St NW Ste 202
Leesburg, VA
Services
* Hearing evaluation for adults and children * Follow-up newborn hearing screening * Hearing aid checks and repairs for many hearing aid makes. Manufacturers for which we currently have computer software include Widex, Oticon, Phonak, GN Resound, Rexton, Siemens, Interton, Starkey and Unitron. * Fitting of new hearing aids * Sale of specialized listening devices for telephone and TV * Fitting of custom-made earplugs for swimming and noise protection including musicians earplugs
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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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing
(703) 537-5599
6201 Centreville Rd Ste 400
Centreville, VA
Services
For your convenience, we provide complete hearing evaluation services at three locations. Our audiologists are supported by the latest diagnostic technology including sound-proof testing suites and state-of-the-art audiometers. All offices are fully equipped to provide a complete range of audiology services to patients of all ages, infant through geriatrics.
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Hearing Solutions Of Fairfax
(571) 748-5423
3930 Pender Drive Ste 140
Fairfax, VA
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Advanced Hearing
(703) 537-5486
1850 Town Center Pkwy Ste 305
Reston, VA
Services
For your convenience, we provide complete hearing evaluation services at three locations. Our audiologists are supported by the latest diagnostic technology including sound-proof testing suites and state-of-the-art audiometers. All offices are fully equipped to provide a complete range of audiology services to patients of all ages, infant through geriatrics.During your visit, the audiologist will discuss your communication concerns, needs and expectations and complete a thorough case history. If
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Advanced ENT Specialists
(703) 537-5763
44035 Riverside Pkwy Ste 450
Leesburg, VA
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Pediatric Services * Ear, nose and throat disordersSinus disease and nasal obstruction * Sinusitis * Sinus Headaches * Sinus SurgeryAllergic diseases of the ear, nose and throat * Allergic Rhinitis, Sinusitis, and Rhinosinusitis Snoring and sleep disorders * Obstructive Sleep Apnea * Pediatric Sleep Apnea * Pillar Implant ProcedureHearing and balance disorders * Hearing Aid Sales * Dizziness & Balance TestingVoice and swallowing disorders * Nodules, polyps and Cy
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Blue Ridge Speech & Hearing Center
(703) 722-6153
19465 Deerfield Ave Ste 201
Leesburg, VA
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Speech Therapy ServicesBlue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center. Audiology: Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center Audiology department offers an array of services to help diagnose hearing loss, assist the hearing impaired with the best possible hearing, and protect against hearing loss. We are a Center who works with and for our patients and strives to provide the best customer service available. Click here for more information about our Audiology Department.Hearing AidsOur clinic works with several
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 AM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Vienna Fair Oaks Hearing and Speech Center, Inc.
(703) 537-5770
201 Park St SE
Vienna, VA
Services
Diagnostic audiologyHearing aid dispensing and repairAuditory evoked potential testingElectronystagmography testing
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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
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Hearing Associates of Northern
(703) 539-5046
6862 Elm St Ste 120
Mc Lean, VA
Services
Hearing Associates of Northern Virginia offers a wide range of services to make your experience convenient and worry free. Here are just a few of the many services we offer: • Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations• Personalized Fittings• Extensive Free Follow Up• All Major Hearing Aid Brands• Staffed by Doctors of Audiology• In Office Demonstrations of Technology• Assistive Listening Devices• Hearing Aid Batteries• Musician’s Earplugs• Cus
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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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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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