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Audiologist Bear DE

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Hearing Services of Delaware, Inc.
(302) 261-5166
Peoples Plaza Ste 28
Newark, DE
Services
We provide complete diagnostic and rehabilitive audiology services to patients of all ages. Hearing aid sales and service.
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Chesapeake ENT
(410) 885-4282
111 W High St Ste 303
Elkton, MD
Services
Chesapeake Ear, Nose, and Throat specializes in treatment of all problems of the facial, head, and neck areas.Our goal at Chesapeake E.N.T. is to help patients feel better, whether it is an issue of chronic infection, blockage of breathing or simply the need to feel better, we can help. Sinusitis, allergy and nasal obstruction can cause severe discomfort. Serious effects can include sleep disturbance, irritation of asthma and bronchitis, and decreased lung performance. Many cases of “asthm
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Nemours Health Clinic
(302) 793-9088
1801 Rockland Rd
Wilmington, DE
Services
Our hospital and clinics offer intensive and acute inpatient care and outpatient services covering more than 40 disciplines.Please select a service from the list below to learn more.Adolescent MedicineAllergy and Immune SystemAnesthesiologyAsthmaBehavioral HealthBlood Disorders (Hematology)Sickle Cell DiseaseCancer Care (Oncology)Bone Marrow TransplantCritical Care MedicineCystic FibrosisDental CareDevelopmental PediatricsDiabetesDiagnostic Referral ServiceDigestive Health (Gastroenterology)Dysl
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SundayClosed
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Total Hearing Care - Wilmington
(302) 246-5340
2205 Silverside Rd
Wilmington, DE
Services
Authorized sales and service of major digital hearing aid brandsHearing Tests and EvaluationsHearing Aid Cleanings and AdjustmentsHearing Aid Battery SalesSales of Assisted Listening DevicesMedicaid Provider
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Services of Delaware, Inc.
(302) 261-5166
Peoples Plaza Ste 28
Newark, DE
Services
We provide complete diagnostic and rehabilitive audiology services to patients of all ages. Hearing aid sales and service.
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Dr. Paul Imber
(302) 261-2375
2600 Glasgow Ave Ste 101
Newark, DE
Services
Our two trained and certified audiologists provide a full range of diagnostic testing and state-of-the-art hearing aid services. Individualized counseling is available to discuss all available hearing aid options. If required, physicians are available to diagnose and treat special conditions that may arise. This partnership between physicians and audiologists provides patients with the best in hearing health care services.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Services Of Delaware, Inc.
(302) 261-2033
104 Sleepy Hollow Dr Ste 202
Middletown, DE
Services
We provide complete diagnostic and rehabilitive audiology services to patients of all ages. Hearing aid sales and service.
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy Associates
(302) 793-9097
2700 Silverside Rd Ste 3A
Wilmington, DE
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Consultants
(302) 724-4710
97 Commerce Way Ste 103
Dover, DE
Hours
SundayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Total Hearing Care - Wilmington
(302) 246-5340
2205 Silverside Rd
Wilmington, DE
Services
Authorized sales and service of major digital hearing aid brandsHearing Tests and EvaluationsHearing Aid Cleanings and AdjustmentsHearing Aid Battery SalesSales of Assisted Listening DevicesMedicaid Provider
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,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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