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Audiologist Columbia MD

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ENTAA Care - Columbia
(410) 881-0147
11085 Little Patuxent Pkwy Ste 101
Columbia, MD
Services
# Comprehensive hearing examinations and consultations# Dispensing, adjusting, programming, and repairing of traditional and digital hearing aids# Tests for dizziness and ear noises (tinnitis)# Central Auditory Processing evaluations# Custom ear plugs * Swim Plugs * Noise Protection Plugs * Musician''s Earplugs # Hearing Aid Accessories * Batteries * Cleaning Tools * Wax protection inserts n
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SundayClosed
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Maryland Audiology
(410) 988-2367
10025 Governor Warfield Pkwy Ste 410
Columbia, MD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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ENTAA Care
(301) 476-1711
14201 Laurel Park Dr Ste 115
Laurel, MD
Hours
SundayClosed
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Maryland Audiology
(410) 988-2356
3449 Wilkens Ave Ste 200
Baltimore, MD
Services
Comprehensive hearing assessment, hearing aid fittings, service and repair, hearing aid supplies
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Audiology Group
(410) 648-2211
7310 Ritchie Hwy Ste 316
Glen Burnie, MD
Hours
SundayClosed ,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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Advanced Audiology Group
(410) 698-6169
8600 Snowden River Parkway Suite 309
Columbia, MD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Clarity Audiology and Hearing Solutions, LLC
(410) 988-4075
3460 Ellicott Center Drive Suite #102
Ellicott City, MD
Services
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Hours
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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Professionals, Inc
(301) 476-1150
14201 Laurel Park Dr Ste 109
Laurel, MD
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Audiologic Evaluations: AdultsAudiologic Evaluations: PediatricsCerumen ManagementComputerized Real-Ear Hearing Aid EquipmentHearing Aid Counseling & Follow-Up AppointmentsHearing Aid Maintenance ServiceHearing Aid SelectionNoise Protectors and Custom EarmoldsTinnitus EvaluationVestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
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SundayClosed
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ENTAA Care
(410) 881-0101
203 Hospital Dr Ste 200
Glen Burnie, MD
Services
Asthma Allergic Rhinitis (nasal allergies) Allergic diseases of the skin Food allergies Stinging insect allergies Drug hypersensitivity Latex hypersensitivity Anesthesia hypersesitivity •Comprehensive hearing examinations and consultations •Dispensing, adjusting, programming, and repairing of traditional and digital hearing aids •Tests for dizziness and ear noises (tinnitis)•Central Auditory Processing evaluations •Custom ear plugs?Swim Plugs ?Noise Protection Plugs ?Mus
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 07:00 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 - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Solutions Audiology Center
(410) 774-0874
1413 Annapolis Rd Ste 104
Odenton, MD
Services
ADVANCED HEARING HEALTHCARE WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH.Hearing tests and hearing aids for all ages. Same Day Treatment Options Available. We determine the best hearing insturments for you based on results from your audiological evaluation, as well as your listening needs and your amplification goals. Give us the oppotunity to impress you.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM 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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