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Audiologist Charleston SC

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Medical University of SC
(843) 628-1776
135 Rutledge St Rm 216
Charleston, SC
Services
MUSC Medical Center offers many services. These services are listed three different ways below: A to Z listing By the first letter of the service name (e.g., C - cancer) Centers, Services and Institutes A listing by clinical specialty and/or service Departments/Divisions A listing by academic department/division name in the university Medical Services A to Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W MUSC Centers, Services & Institutes Children''s Hospital Children''s H
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Low Country E N T
(843) 628-1775
2850 B Tricom Street
Charleston, SC
Hours
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 ,Saturday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Sound Advice
(843) 461-4387
401 Marina Dr
Georgetown, SC
Services
* Everyone involved in music and entertainment has a responsibility to help with noise management. * Primary responsibility for complying with the Noise Regulations rests with the employer (may include concert promoters, event organisers, theatrical producers, contractors and publicans). * Your responsibility for managing noise exposure, depending on whether you are an employer, an employee, freelancer or self-employed, may be to: o take reasonable care for your health and safety
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SundayClosed
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Low Country E N T
(843) 628-1775
2850 B Tricom Street
Charleston, SC
Hours
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 ,Saturday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Medical University of SC
(843) 628-1776
135 Rutledge St Rm 216
Charleston, SC
Services
MUSC Medical Center offers many services. These services are listed three different ways below: A to Z listing By the first letter of the service name (e.g., C - cancer) Centers, Services and Institutes A listing by clinical specialty and/or service Departments/Divisions A listing by academic department/division name in the university Medical Services A to Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W MUSC Centers, Services & Institutes Children''s Hospital Children''s H
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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University ENT Assoc
(843) 628-0425
1280 Johnnie Dodds Blvd Unit 205
Mount Pleasant, SC
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,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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Advanced Hearing Care
(843) 628-4844
900 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Mount Pleasant, SC
Specialty
Audiologist
Gender
Female

Audiology Associates
(864) 336-2885
410 E Henry St
Spartanburg, SC
Services
Clinical Services that provide a full range of diagnostic and rehabilitative audiologic and balance care in the Baltimore Metropolitian area and the Eastern Shore.Instrumentation Services that provide sales, service, and calibration of audiologic equipment for the Hearing Health Care Professional.Hearing Aid Services for the Audiologist that provide hearing aid dispensing services for non-dispensing audiologists throughout the United States.
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Greer Audiology
(888) 448-6045
703 West Poinsett Street
Greer, SC
Services
Services: Greer Audiology specializes in hearing testing and rehabilitation. We carry a wide range of the latest digital hearing instruments, assistive listening devices and custom protective devices to suit various individual lifestyles and budgets. * Comprehensive hearing evaluations for children and adults * Hearing aid selection and fitting * Repairs of all makes of hearing instruments; in-house when possible *Lyric extended wear devices *Custom ear protection for swimmers, mu
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Ann L. Widener PhD
(843) 474-0011
968 Ribaut Rd Ste 2
Beaufort, SC
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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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