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Audiologist Brockton MA

Local resource for audiolgists in Brockton. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to hearing aids, hearing loss services, hearing tests, ear, nose and throat specialists and ear doctors, as well as advice and content on hearing loss resources and services.

Tobias And Batite
(508) 436-2122
1 Pearl St Ste 1900
Brockton, MA
Services
Tobias & Battite offers both in-house and factory repairs for all makes and models of hearing aids including Beltone and Miracle Ear. In-house repair services include:Re-tubing of earmoldsVacuum cleaning of microphone and receiver portsDehumidification of instrumentRepair of cracks in instrument shell/caseConversion of earmolds to CFA configurationReplacement of tone hooks, volume wheel and control coversHome VisitsFor your convenience, home visits are available within the Boston Metro area
Hours
SundayClosed
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E N T Specialists, Inc.
(508) 436-2118
35 Pearl St Ste 200
Brockton, MA
Services
Our board certified physicians and licensed audiologists will help diagnose and treat your hearing and balance problems. We offer comprehensive audiologic services to help diagnosis hearing loss in all age groups, from infants to the elderly. In addition we are uniquely qualified to discuss the full range of options to help improve your hearing, from hearing aids to ear surgery.We also offer detailed balance testing to help diagnosis and treat your balance and dizziness problems.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary
(617) 274-8093
1 Compass Way
East Bridgewater, MA
Services
Our services range from routine checkups to treatment and surgery for highly complex conditions
Hours
SundayClosed
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Quality Hearing Aid Service
(508) 202-4947
12 Quill Cir
Randolph, MA
Services
Canal Hearing AidsCustom All-in-the-Ear AidsBehind-the-Ear & BodyHearing AidsBatteriesEar Molds Repairs30-Day Trial PeriodSenior Citizen DiscountNo Interest Payment Plans
Hours
SundayClosed
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MASS Audiology & Hearing Aid
(508) 802-4193
407 Route 44
Raynham, MA
Services
There are four common styles of hearing instruments. All four help with mild to moderate losses, but if your loss is more severe, choices can be limited. While size is the most obvious difference, each style has differentattributes that are important to consider.Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing instruments are the largest models and can house a variety of circuit options and amplify sounds to a greater degree than most custom models. BTEs rest behind the ear and sound is sent to the ear canal via th
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SundayClosed
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Mass Audiolgoy
(508) 436-2127
165 Westgate Dr
Brockton, MA
Services
There are four common styles of hearing instruments. All four help with mild to moderate losses, but if your loss is more severe, choices can be limited. While size is the most obvious difference, each style has differentattributes that are important to consider.Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing instruments are the largest models and can house a variety of circuit options and amplify sounds to a greater degree than most custom models. BTEs rest behind the ear and sound is sent to the ear canal via th
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Care Inc.
(508) 232-6147
1324 Belmont St
Brockton, MA
Services
Our goals are to properly diagnose the type and severity of your hearing loss, and to recommend the best solution for you, given your daily needs, activities, and life style. Should you require a hearing aid, we can fit you right here in the office. Our service is personal and customized.
Hours
SundayClosed
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South Shore Hearing Center
(781) 347-1140
541 Main St PO Box 134
Weymouth, MA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM by Appointment
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Hearing Care Center
(781) 318-3069
450 N Main St
Sharon, MA
Services
Hearing loss is a health issueSome people think hearing loss is a mechanical problem. Hearing less these days? Buy an electronic marvel and fix it. The fact is, hearing loss -- like vision impairment or physical disability -- is a health problem. There are dozens of possible causes, a wide variety of symptoms and variations, and an assortment of side effects and emotional impacts. And for each unique combination of causes, symptoms, variations, side effects and emotional impacts, a unique combin
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Harvard Vanguard
(617) 934-4752
1250 Hancock St President''s Place - S Tower
Quincy, MA
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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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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