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Audiologist Cumming GA

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Audiology HEARS PC
(888) 459-3959
6130 Southard Trce
Cumming, GA
Services
Our Services DIAGNOSTIC AUDIOLOGY Infants to Senior CitizensUNHS follow-upAudiologic EvaluationsTympanometryOAETinnitus Evaluation PEDIATRIC AUDIOLOGY Conditioned Play AudiometryVisual Reinforcement AudiometryOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)
Hours
Sunday12:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Monday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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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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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Ultratone Hearing Aid Center
(888) 578-9819
7447 Douglas Blvd Suite 105
Douglasville, GA
Services
•Hearing health history work-up•Video-otoscopy inspection of the ear•Free medical referral if needed•Air and bone conduction testing•Speech and loudness growth tests•Electronic hearing aid evaluation•On site state-of-the-art servicing lab•Factory direct on all special order instruments•All make hearing instrument repair•Custom ear mold couplers•Hearing instrument parts and accessories•Assistive listening devices
Hours
Sunday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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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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Emory Audiology And Hearing
(888) 591-2106
4045 Johns Creek Pkwy Ste B
Suwanee, GA
Services
Cancer Care (Oncology)Dermatology (Skin Care) & Wound HealingEar, Nose and ThroatEye CareGeriatricsHeart and Vascular ServicesKidney Disease and DialysisMental HealthNeurology and NeurosurgeryOral SurgeryOrthopaedics, Spine Care, Sports MedicinePediatric SubspecialtiesPlastic and Cosmetic SurgeryPrimary CarePulmonary Care (Lung)Radiology and ImagingRehabilitation ServicesSurgeryTransplantTravel and Infectious DiseasesUrologyWeight Loss (Bariatrics)Women''s Health
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Associates
(888) 376-9334
333 Jesse Jewell Pkwy SE
Gainesville, GA
Services
For more than twenty years, Audiology Associates of Georgia has been the audiologist of choice for people wanting quality, value, and caring service for their hearing healthcare needs. With today''s advanced hearing aid technology we can help you hear all the sounds of your life.ServicesHearing Instrument CleaningAuditory CounselingHearing Instrument Earmolds
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SundayClosed
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ENT Of Georgia DBA
(888) 595-0279
1260 Highway 54 W Ste 202
Fayetteville, GA
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SundayClosed
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Medical College Of Georgia
(706) 993-3574
1120 15th St BP 4121
Augusta, GA
Services
The mission of the Medical College of Georgia is to discover, disseminate, and apply knowledge to improve health and reduce the burden of illness on society.In realizing its mission, the Medical College of Georgia is committed to serving the people of Georgia, the nation, and the world by: * Preparing the health professional workforce of the future * Conducting research through programs that create, disseminate, and apply new knowledge relevant to human health * Providing exceptional, i
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Southern Otologic Clinic PC
(706) 955-2209
818 Saint Sebastian Way Ste 204
Augusta, GA
Services
* Office placement of ventilation tubes using the laser (OtoLAM) with topical anesthesia for most children and adults experiencing hearing loss and ear infections due to persistent middle ear fluid. * Argon laser stapedectomy for the hearing loss of otosclerosis. * Tympanoplasty, Mastoidectomy procedures for hearing loss, infection, perforation, cholesteatoma. * Medical treatment, the Meniett, endolymphatic sac surgery, intratympanic gentamicin and other treatments for Meniere’s
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen 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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