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Audiologist Cambridge MA

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
(617) 505-1953
110 Francis St Ste 6E
Boston, MA
Services
Comprehensive Care Centers Cancer CenterCardioVascular InstituteDigestive Disease CenterSpine CenterTransplant Institute
Hours
SundayOpen by Appointment ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Professional Hearing Aid
(617) 849-8801
1101 Beacon St Ste 8e
Brookline, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary
(617) 910-3058
243 Charles St
Boston, MA
Services
Eye CareOur ophthalmology services and specialties range from eye-care checkups to treating the most complex vision and eye-related issues.Ear, Nose, Throat,Head & Neck CareSpecialties in otolaryngology range from sinus care and sleep disorders to head and neck cancer, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and facial nerve reconstruction.Pediatric CareThere''s no such thing as routine, when it comes to your child''s healthcare. Our pediatric specialists and surgeons offer world-class, compassionate,
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MondayClosed ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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Daniels Hearing Center
(617) 892-4196
830 Harrison Ave J Joseph Moakley Bldg
Roxbury, MA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDsAuditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Balance and Dizziness: Positional Vertigo and Epley ManeuverCentral Auditory Processing EvaluationsEar Molds: Custom-made noise protection earmoldsFirstSound Newborn Screening ProviderHearing Aids: Sales and ServiceHearing Evaluations: AdultsHearing Evaluations: ChildrenLoop Induction SystemsMusicians'' Custom Ear Plugs and MonitorsReal-ear measurementTinnitus Diagnostics
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Brookline Hearing Service Inc.
(617) 505-1952
1842 Beacon St Ste 403
Brookline, MA
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SundayClosed
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Brigham Womens Hospital
(617) 505-1956
45 Francis St
Boston, MA
Services
Cartilage RepairFace TransplantRobotic SurgeryHybrid ORPercutaneous Aortic Valve ReplacementDIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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Northeastern University
(617) 580-3020
30 Leon Street 503 Behrakis Health Science Ct
Boston, MA
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SundayClosed
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Tobias And Battite Inc.
(617) 274-8001
16 Temple Place
Boston, MA
Services
Otoscopy - A visual inspection of your ear canal and eardrum Pure Tone Audiometry - Measuring the softest sounds you can hear at a variety of pitches Speech Reception Threshold - The softest level you can hear speech Speech Discrimination - Testing how accurately you hear speech at amplified levels Loudness and Tolerance measurements - Documentation of your personal loudness tolerance range to ensure that amplification is never uncomfortably loud Tympanometry - Measuring the movement of your ear
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Services Inc.
(617) 484-8700
90 Concord Ave Ste 4
Belmont, MA
Services
Audiometric Evaluations-Hearing Aid Sales and Service-Earmolds-LACE training-Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)-Audiology Services, Inc.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 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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Faulkner Hospital
(617) 553-4654
1153 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 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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