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Audiologist Boise ID

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Treasure Valley Hearing &
(208) 350-6272
1084 N Cole Rd
Boise, ID
Services
We provide hearing evaluations for all ages. Tinnitus evaluations and solutions, batteries, custom hearing protection and molds for MP3 players, swimming, hunting, etc. We clean and check all brands of hearing aids. We sell batteries, amplified telephones and anything else necessary for your ears!
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Aid Counselors
(208) 944-2564
1239 Poleline Rd E Ste 314C
Twin Falls, ID
Services
•  Comprehensive Hearing Testing •  Hearing Aid Demonstration •  Speech Discrimination Testing •  Insurance Assistance •  Hearing Educational Seminars •  Aural Rehabilitation •  Extended Warranties •  Special Financing OAC* •  Free Hearing Screenings •  Tympanometry •  Hearing Aid Sales •  Coping Strategies •  Referral Programs •  Assistive Devi
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Treasure Valley Hrg &
(208) 546-0415
1463 Caldwell Blvd Ste 54
Nampa, ID
Services
The Friends & Family Better Hearing Program extends to employees, their friends and family, an exclusive hearing health benefit offering free testing and discounted hearing products. It provides you access to a relationship with the most experienced professionals in the industry, top quality patient care and and access to exceptional technology
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Aid Counselers
(208) 650-4081
1534 Overland Ave
Burley, ID
Services
• Free Hearing Screenings• Tympanometry• Hearing Aid Sales• Coping Strategies• Referral Programs• Assistive Device Sales• Offsite Assistance• Battery Club• Comprehensive Hearing Testing• Hearing Aid Demonstration• Speech Discrimination Testing• Insurance Assistance• Hearing Educational Seminars• Aural Rehabilitation• Extended Warranties• Special Financing OAC
Hours
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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Valley E N T Group P A
(208) 816-4083
330 Warner Dr
Lewiston, ID
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Treasure Valley Hrg &
(208) 546-0415
1463 Caldwell Blvd Ste 54
Nampa, ID
Services
The Friends & Family Better Hearing Program extends to employees, their friends and family, an exclusive hearing health benefit offering free testing and discounted hearing products. It provides you access to a relationship with the most experienced professionals in the industry, top quality patient care and and access to exceptional technology
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Regional Hearing And
(208) 643-0848
3345 Merlin Dr Ste 200
Idaho Falls, ID
Services
Testing (all tests include history and otoscopy)Adult Hearing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation (standard hearing testing protocol):Pure tone Air and BoneSpeech threshold Discriminat Tympanograms ReflexReflex dec Screen: Pure tone air only Central Auditory ProcessingComprehensive Hearing evaluation Central Processing test batterySpeech in noise comprehension testing HINT (Used by some government agencies) SPRINT (MilitaQuick SIN Aided threshold Pediatric Hearing Newborn (Standard Protocol, p
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Pocatello Hearing Zone
(208) 904-0459
4155 Yellowstone Ave Pine Ridge Mall
Pocatello, ID
Services
What We Do We are committed to excellence in service. At Hearing Zone, you will be treated with kindness and respect. You will receive the most excellent technical service available from some of the most experienced and caring professionsals in the country. You will also be offered competitive pricing made possible by our three state buying power. We look forward to helping you hear better soon!
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment
Payment
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Treasure Valley Hearing &
(208) 350-6272
1084 N Cole Rd
Boise, ID
Services
We provide hearing evaluations for all ages. Tinnitus evaluations and solutions, batteries, custom hearing protection and molds for MP3 players, swimming, hunting, etc. We clean and check all brands of hearing aids. We sell batteries, amplified telephones and anything else necessary for your ears!
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Regional Hearing & Balance
(208) 881-9505
32 Madison Professional Park
Rexburg, ID
Services
Testing (all tests include history and otoscopy) Adult Hearing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation (standard hearing testing protocol): Pure tone Air and Bone Speech threshold Discrimination Tympanograms Reflexes Reflex decay Screen: Pure tone air only
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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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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