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Audiologist Cincinnati OH

Local resource for audiolgists in Cincinnati. 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.

Mariemont Hearing Center
(513) 268-4020
6954 Madisonville Rd
Cincinnati, OH
Services
Audiological evaluationsHearing aid dispensingIndustrial audiologyCustom hearing productsRehabilitative audiology
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Anderson Ent, Inc.
(513) 457-4549
7691 5 Mile Rd Ste 215
Cincinnati, OH
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 08:30 AM by Appointment ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 10:30 AM by Appointment ,Thursday02:00 PM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Consultants
(513) 208-2586
10766 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH
Services
Hearing Aid Sales & ServiceHearing Tests - Wax RemovalCustom Hearing Protection
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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Ronald L. Devore Md
(937) 630-4263
8375 Yankee St
Dayton, OH
Hours
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(216) 586-3164
9500 Euclid Ave Desk A-71
Cleveland, OH
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hill Hear Better
(513) 437-0497
8250 Winton Rd Ste 300
Cincinnati, OH
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance with OSHA guidelines.
Hours
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Richard Dubrowski, Au.D.
(513) 988-8589
5630 Bridgetown Rd Ste 4
Cincinnati, OH
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 ,SaturdayClosed
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George P. Bauer, M.D.
(513) 360-4117
2960 Mack Rd Ste 107
Fairfield, OH
Services
Services for Adults and Children: * Medical treatment of of ear, nose, and throat disorders * Evaluation and management of dizziness, balance/gait disorders * Evaluation and management of ringing in the ears (tinnitus) * Evaluation and management of hearing loss * Hearing testing * Hearing aid evaluation and dispensing * Balance testing * Evaluation and management of facial nerve disordersSurgical Services for Adults and Children
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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Ohio State University
(614) 385-1541
1070 Carmack Rd 141 Pressey Hall
Columbus, OH
Services
Audiology Services Include: Audiological Evaluations for Pediatrics and Adults, Auditory Processing Evaluations, Tinnitus Evaluations, Hearing Aid Sales and Service, Assistive Listening Devices, Custom Hearing Conservation and Swim Molds
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 PM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Youngstown Hearing & Speech
(330) 787-9492
6614 Southern Blvd
Youngstown, OH
Services
The Youngstown Hearing & Speech Center (YHSC) is a comprehensive hearing and Speech Center serving infants, children and adults with communication disorders. YHSC provides administrative assistance for The Community Center for the Deaf which provides case management and interpreting services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing in a twelve county region from Ashtabula to Steubenville.
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,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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