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Audiologist Columbus GA

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Westech Hearing
(706) 405-4732
4401 Armour Rd
Columbus, GA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Earl S. Golightly MD PC
(888) 451-5382
681 S 9th St
Griffin, GA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Atlanta Hearing Doctor
(404) 418-6105
5885 Glenridge Dr NE Ste 200
Atlanta, GA
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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The Audiology Center Of Snellville
(888) 435-6890
2176 Oak Rd Ste C
Snellville, GA
Services
* Comprehensive hearing evaluation of adults and adolescents * Evaluation of middle ear function * Industrial Hearing Conservation Programs * Cerumen (ear wax) management * Hearing aid selection and fitting * Electro-Acoustic Hearing Aid Analysis * Hearing aid cleanings and in-house repairs * All-make hearing aid repairs * Hearing aid batteries and supplies * Assistive Listening Devices such as amplified telephones, FM systems, alerting devices, etc. * Custom earmo
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday01:00 PM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mukund Raja MD
(770) 872-0124
475 Philip Blvd Ste 201
Lawrenceville, GA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Columbus Speech & Hearing Ctr.
(706) 405-4361
2424 Double Churches Road
Columbus, GA
Services
Hearing Services •Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation•Otoacoustic Emissions Testing•Hearing Aid Evaluation/Demonstration•Hearing Aid Sales/Repairs/Accessories•Auditory Brainstem Response Testing?Sleep Deprived?Sedated•ENG/VNG Dizzy/Balance Study Testing•Complete Hearing Healthcare Speech Language Services •Speech Language Evaluation/Therapy•Voice Evaluation/Therapy•Swallowing Evaluation/Therapy•Fluency Evaluation/Therapy•Reading Evaluation
Hours
SundayClosed ,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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Audiology At Home
(888) 314-6142
3939 Lavista Rd Ste E390
Tucker, GA
Services
* Audiological Assessment both on and off premises o Otoacoustic Emissions o Pure tone Audiometry o Speech Audiometry o Middle Ear Analysis * Hearing aid services and repairs * Hearing aid counseling * Aural Rehabilitation including the LACE program * Cerumen Management
Hours
SundayClosed
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Waits Hearing Aid Center
(888) 903-5089
174A Banks Xing
Fayetteville, GA
Services
Products & Services Hearing Aids Hearing assessments for children and adults. Hearing aid repairs and accessories. Assistive listening devices for telephone and television listening. Custom-made ear and swim plugs, as well as custom-made molds for anesthesiologists, physicians, dentists and pilots. Workers'' compensation, personal injury and Department of Rehabilitation evaluations. Presentations for business or civic clubs and organizations. Health fair screenings. Speech Pathology services ava
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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ENT & Allergy Associates
(229) 796-4188
1610 John Orr Dr Bldg H
Tifton, GA
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing & Balance Ct
(912) 289-4900
3228 Shrine Rd
Brunswick, GA
Services
Advanced Hearing & Balance Center
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,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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