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Audiologist Chesapeake VA

Local resource for audiolgists in Chesapeake. 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.

Chesapeake Hearing Association
(757) 512-7927
500 Independence Pkwy Ste 100
Chesapeake, VA
Services
Allergey testingHearing TestingImmuno therapybalance Testing
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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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Systems
(757) 337-4103
5441 Virginia Beach Blvd Ste 112
Virginia Beach, VA
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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 - 01:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing
(703) 537-5486
1850 Town Center Pkwy Ste 305
Reston, VA
Services
For your convenience, we provide complete hearing evaluation services at three locations. Our audiologists are supported by the latest diagnostic technology including sound-proof testing suites and state-of-the-art audiometers. All offices are fully equipped to provide a complete range of audiology services to patients of all ages, infant through geriatrics.During your visit, the audiologist will discuss your communication concerns, needs and expectations and complete a thorough case history. If
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Virginia ENT Associates, PC
(804) 477-8612
161 Wadsworth Dr
Richmond, VA
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Advanced Hearing
(703) 537-5599
6201 Centreville Rd Ste 400
Centreville, VA
Services
For your convenience, we provide complete hearing evaluation services at three locations. Our audiologists are supported by the latest diagnostic technology including sound-proof testing suites and state-of-the-art audiometers. All offices are fully equipped to provide a complete range of audiology services to patients of all ages, infant through geriatrics.
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SundayClosed
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Virginia Hearing Consultants
(757) 301-4226
241 Corporate Blvd Ste 150
Norfolk, VA
Services
Clinical Services: Hearing evaluation (pediatric and adult) by licensed, doctorate level audiologists. Hearing aid evaluation and selection based on your individual needs. Hearing assistance technology evaluations.Dispensing Services: Digital hearing aids, all styles from major manufacturers such as Widex, Oticon and Phonak. Complete Hearing Healthcare Package including free batteries, hearing aid cleaning, and hearing tests. Effective communication strategy counseling for indi
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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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Sentara Hearing & Balance Center
(866) 413-9584
1950 Glenn Mitchell Dr Ste 310
Virginia Beach, VA
Services
Comprehensive hearing examinations, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid fittings, tinnitus evaluations, and balance testing.
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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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Hull Hearing Aid Service
(703) 539-5155
6231 Leesburg Pike Ste 510
Falls Church, VA
Services
Services: Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations. You will also be tested using a series of low & high frequency words to determine your ability to understand verbiage within a short distance as in a conversation. We will also give you several words to repeat. The results will help us determine your percentage of hearing loss, your ability to understand speech, and if hearing aids will help you.Cell Phone Accessories. Custom earmolds for cell phone headrests, Bluetooth compatible device, hands-free and
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SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Virginia Hearing Consultants
(757) 301-4226
241 Corporate Blvd Ste 150
Norfolk, VA
Services
Clinical Services: Hearing evaluation (pediatric and adult) by licensed, doctorate level audiologists. Hearing aid evaluation and selection based on your individual needs. Hearing assistance technology evaluations.Dispensing Services: Digital hearing aids, all styles from major manufacturers such as Widex, Oticon and Phonak. Complete Hearing Healthcare Package including free batteries, hearing aid cleaning, and hearing tests. Effective communication strategy counseling for indi
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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Potomac ENT
(703) 910-3262
2070 Old Bridge Rd Ste 103
Woodbridge, VA
Services
The Auditory Brainstem Response Test evaluates nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brainstem.
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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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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