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Audiologist Boca Raton FL

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Labyrinth Audiology
(561) 404-5769
1500 NW 10th Ave Suite 104
Boca Raton, FL
Services
Assistive equipment on hand for demonstration and trialAssistive listening devicesAural rehabilitaion servicesComplete line of hearing aidsCounsellingOnce you have told us your problems and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements: Which ear has a problem hearing?Evaluation by hearing specialistsEvoked PotentialsFollow-up CareOnce your hearing aids have been fitted to your
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Neuro-Audiology Consultants
(561) 404-5811
7301A W Palmetto Park Rd Ste 305A
Boca Raton, FL
Services
hearing aid services,diagnostic testing services, auditory processing, tinnitus
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
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Hearing Partners Of South Florida
(561) 404-1269
4731 W Atlantic Ave Ste B-20
Delray Beach, FL
Services
Comprehensive hearing evaluations for children and adults Hearing instrument selection and fittings Repairs of all makes of instruments Comprehensive Balance Evaluations (ENG, VNG) Comprehensive neurological evaluations (ABR) Assistive listening devices (such as amplified telephones and wireless TV headphones) Hearing protection devices including musicians’ ear plugs Custom made swim molds Tinnitus Evaluation Aural Rehabilitation
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 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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Coconut Creek Physicians
(954) 633-8656
3880 Coconut Creek Pkwy Ste 100
Coconut Creek, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology Consultants Of Boynton Beach (HearFlorida)
(561) 327-6343
7593 Boynton Beach Blvd Ste 160
Boynton Beach, FL
Services
At every HearFlorida Hearing Loss Center, we examine every aspect of your hearing loss and your listening environment to recommend the best style and technology of hearing device most appropriate for you. We offer a wide variety of the latest digital hearing aids and popular brands such as Siemens, Unitron, Starkey, Phonak, Widex, Vivatone, Lyric, Oticon, Rexton, and Resound. All hearing devices have a 75-day satisfaction period
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
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Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center
(561) 404-5812
7072 Beracasa Way
Boca Raton, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Boca RAton ENT Associates
(561) 404-5932
660 Glades Rd Ste 400
Boca Raton, FL
Services
Audiologic EvaluationAmplificationAssistive Listening DevicesABR/ECoGVNG testingBPPV treatment
Hours
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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Audiology Associates of
(954) 840-8012
5411 N University Dr Ste 102
Coral Springs, FL
Services
Diagnostic Services Pure Tone Audiometry (Standard Hearing Test)This test determines the level at which a person detects sound at different frequencies. Speech Discrimination TestingThis test determines how well speech is understood. This test is very helpful in determining if problems exist beyond the hearing nerve and gives insight as to how well hearing aids can help. Immittance TestingThis procedure evaluates middle ear function by assessing how well the eardrum and middle ear bones move. Th
Hours
SundayClosed
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Bethesda Healthcare System
(561) 327-7024
2623 S Seacrest Blvd Lower Level #10
Boynton Beach, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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George Georgakakis MD PA
(954) 828-2679
4801 N Federal Hwy Ste 302
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Tuesday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Wednesday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Thursday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Friday08:45 AM - 03:45 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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