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Audiologist Avon Lake OH

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Cleveland Clinic Westlake
(440) 249-7013
30033 Clemens Rd Fl 3
Westlake, OH
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(440) 580-4339
16761 Southpark Ctr
Strongsville, OH
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Hill Hear Better
(513) 437-0497
8250 Winton Rd Ste 300
Cincinnati, OH
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance with OSHA guidelines.
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Diles Hearing Center
(740) 249-1340
275 W Union St
Athens, OH
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Audiologic testing, free consultations, innovative hearing device technology, assistive listening devices, custom and musician''s sound protection, Complete Hearing Health Care (CHHC), hearing device repair. 30-day return privilege on hearing devices. Accept established Ohio and West Virginia Compensation cases.
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Burley & Associates
(888) 861-4842
5012 Liberty Ave
Vermilion, OH
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Burley Consulting applies the service levels and best practices of large M&A firms to the acquisition of smaller companies. We leverage the corporate executive experience and M&A experience of our principal, partners, and consultants to manage the acquisition process in a much more efficient, proactive, and systematic manner than is typically done with smaller businesses.Burley advisors have many years of experience at the executive level of technology, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, consum
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(440) 328-4942
5700 Cooper Foster Park Rd W
Lorain, OH
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The Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute brings together more than 30 medical, surgical and research specialists to offer patients the full range of aesthetic, reconstructive and dermatologic procedures. Dermatologists and/or plastic surgeons practice at 11 locations throughout Northeast Ohio.
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hetsko Audiology, Inc.
(440) 776-8424
224 W Lorain St Ste D
Oberlin, OH
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Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationsUsing state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, Oberlin Hearing Care is Lorain County''s premier hearing assessment and hearing aid dispensing facility. We provide comprehensive hearing evaluations for children (5 years and older) and adults. From video-otoscopy to otoacoustic emissions, we''ll evaluate and define your hearing problem completely and provide solutions for treatment and remediation.Hearing Aid Selection and FittingOberlin Hearing Care was the firs
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Hillcrest Hearing Aids
(937) 551-4098
9000 N Main St Suite 319
Dayton, OH
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ServicesHillcrest Hearing Aids is located within the same office space as Southwest Ohio ENT Specialists. A physician is usually available to assist us in providing whatever service may be necessary for your complete hearing health care.Hearing EvaluationA complete hearing evaluation is required by Federal and State law before you can be fitted for a hearing aid. All hearing testing done through our office is performed by certified audiologists or licensed hearing aid specialists. Hillcrest Hear
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Diles Hearing Center
(888) 451-9451
232 E Huron St
Jackson, OH
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Services & ProductsInterested in protecting your hearing? Would you like to prevent hearing loss? Find out how here!Diles Hearing Center is pleased to offer state-of-the-art hearing devices from Oticon, Phonak, Resound and Siemens; however, we are able to work with most any company.
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Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
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Hear Inc
(330) 409-4061
2416 Whipple Ave NW
Canton, OH
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* Audiometry: audiometric tests determine a patient''s hearing levels with the help of an audiometer, but may also measure ability to discriminate between different sound intensities, recognize pitch, or distinguish speech from background noise. Acoustic reflex and otoacostic emissions may also be measured. Results of audiometric tests are used to diagnose hearing loss or diseases of the ear.* Tympanomotry: is a test used to detect disorders of the middle ear by measuring your ear''s responses
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 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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