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Audiologist Bossier City LA

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The Ear Nose & Throat Center
(318) 309-4309
2121 Line Ave
Shreveport, LA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiological Services
(318) 775-0349
1455 East Bert Kouns
Shreveport, LA
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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Sound Minds
(318) 221-1090
1800 texas Ave
Shreveport, LA
Specialty
Automation systems, Theaters, Security-cctv.

Audiological Services
(318) 775-0349
1455 East Bert Kouns
Shreveport, LA
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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LSU Health Sciences Center
(318) 309-4308
1541 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA
Services
Management of pre-award, sponsored project activity. This includes evaluation and routing for signatures all grant applications, research agreements, and clinical trial agreements. Management of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) which provides oversight for the protection of human subjects used in research.Management of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) which provides oversight for the welfare of animals used in research
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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LSU Health Sciences Center
(318) 309-4308
1541 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA
Services
Management of pre-award, sponsored project activity. This includes evaluation and routing for signatures all grant applications, research agreements, and clinical trial agreements. Management of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) which provides oversight for the protection of human subjects used in research.Management of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) which provides oversight for the welfare of animals used in research
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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LSU Health Sciences Center
(318) 938-2054
3735 Blair Dr
Shreveport, LA
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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Acadiana Otolaryngology Associates
(337) 447-4162
1270 Attakapas Dr Ste 201
Opelousas, LA
Services
•Complete hearing evaluation for adults and children •Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing for adults and children •Electronystagmography (ENG) testing •Otoacoustic Emissions testing •Universal neonatal hearing screening program •Auditory rehabilitation •Hearing aid counseling •Hearing protection devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Lafayette Hearing & Balance Center
(337) 205-7418
4630 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy Ste 402
Lafayette, LA
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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LSU Healthcare Network
(504) 265-9582
533 Bolivar St Ste 566
New Orleans, LA
Hours
SundayClosed
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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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