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Audiologist Cedar Rapids IA

Local resource for audiolgists in Cedar Rapids. 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.

Eastern Iowa Hearing Aid Svc.
(319) 540-8092
5436 Blairs Forest Way NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Hours
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 ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Jorgensen Hearing Center
(888) 484-1759
920 N Grand Ave
Spencer, IA
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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ENT Professional Services PC
(563) 265-8004
3385 Dexter Ct Ste 101
Davenport, IA
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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 - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Korver ENT LLC
(888) 439-5039
909 Lincoln Cir SE Ste 2
Orange City, IA
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Moore Hearing Clinic
(641) 316-2068
1317 N Court St
Ottumwa, IA
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Skiff Medical Center
(888) 820-3630
204 N 4th Ave E
Newton, IA
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Dubuque Otolaryngology
(888) 430-8029
310 N Grandview Ave
Dubuque, IA
Services
Allergy & sinus relief: complete & convenientSinus headaches, stuffy noses, allergy symptoms... most of us get them from time to time. But when sinus pain and pressure or serious allergy problems start interfering with your quality of life, it’s definitely time to see us. Our doctors, particularly Drs. Benda and White, offer the latest medical treatment and state-of-the-art surgical care to treat even the toughest sinus problems. Dr. Benda, our allergy specialist, and our allergy clinic te
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Eastern Iowa Hearing Aid Svc.
(319) 540-8092
5436 Blairs Forest Way NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Hours
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 ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Iowa Hearing Clinics
(319) 493-3257
2055 Kimball Ave Ste 300
Waterloo, IA
Services
The hearing products offered by Iowa Hearing Clinics represent an array of choices which means we can target the best technology to meet your need.
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SundayClosed
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Mid-State Hearing Aid Center
(319) 471-4215
417 10th Ave
Coralville, IA
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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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