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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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Chattahoochee Health Care
(888) 533-8565
705 Dallas Hwy Ste 301
Villa Rica, GA
Services
Our Ear, Nose & Throat doctors can treat you for sore throat, sinus problems, ear pain, hearing loss and nosebleeds—just to name a few. They also perform tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, insertion of tubes, septoplasty, etc. If you have a problem with snoring, Dr. Burson and Dr. Andrist can also help you with that. We have a certified audiologist on staff so we can perform extensive hearing tests on patients of all ages in our office. The audiologist on staff is also available to consult and
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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NE Georgia Otolaryngology
(866) 476-3178
2406 Lighthouse Manor Dr
Gainesville, GA
Services
The physicians at Northeast Georgia Otolaryngology Associates have the goal of providing the safest, most state of the art, and the most comprehensive medical and surgical care in a friendly, welcoming environment. Our surgeons are all board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery and treat the full spectrum of pediatric and adult medical and surgical issues. Our physicians and staff look forward to providing you and your family superior care.
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Atlanta Institute For ENT
(404) 418-6032
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE Ste 1280
Atlanta, GA
Services
Allergy TestingAllergy tests are used to determine the specific substances that cause an allergic reaction in an individual. They may also be used to determine if a group of symptoms is a true allergic reaction (involving antibodies and histamine release). Some food intolerances, in which there is an inability to digest a food because of lack of appropriate enzymes, mimic allergies. Some drugs, such as aspirin, can cause allergy-like symptoms but without the formation of antibodies or the releas
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Atlanta Hearing Doctor
(404) 418-6105
5885 Glenridge Dr NE Ste 200
Atlanta, GA
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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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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
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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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ENT & Allergy Associates
(229) 469-5067
2910 N Patterson St
Valdosta, GA
Services
At ENT & Allergy Associates of South Georgia, we offer a wide array of services including the diagnosis, medical and surgical management of disorders of the ear, nose, throat and head and neck. We treat both children and adults.We encourage you to have your treating physician contact us to assist in your care.In Office Procedures:We provide a wide range of in-office procedures, including:• On-Site CT Scanner with support for Instatrak image-guidance system• Tympanostomy & Tube Placemen
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,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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Hearing Doctors Of Georgia
(888) 485-1972
550 Eagles Landing Pkwy Ste 201
Stockbridge, GA
Services
information counseling, noise generators, high frequency emphasis hearing aids, and specially tuned noise plugs. Most patients while not being cured can, with help, live successfully with this frustrating situation.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,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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Earl S. Golightly MD PC
(888) 451-5382
681 S 9th St
Griffin, GA
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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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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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