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Audiologist Detroit MI

Local resource for audiolgists in Detroit. 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.

Henry Ford Hospital
(313) 355-1871
2799 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Lucas Hearing Aid Service
(586) 782-4920
26501 Hoover Rd
Warren, MI
Services
* Device Rentals & Trials * Free Hearing Screenings * Nursing Home Visits * Hospital Visits * And More!
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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Ear Center Audiology
(313) 449-8591
21142 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Services
Personalized & Professional CareFree Hearing ScreeningsFree Hearing EvaluationsFree Trial Product DemonstrationsOn-Site Repair LabFully Digital and Programmable Hearing Aids with many style and price options Same Day FitInterest-Free Financing Availible
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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Sheila M Ray MD PC
(734) 720-1462
13136 Fort St
Southgate, MI
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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Professional Hearing Aid Ctr.
(586) 439-3182
21000 E 12 Mile Rd Ste 110
Saint Clair Shores, MI
Services
* Comprehensive hearing tests by University trained Audiologists * Hearing aid prescription and fitting * Custom hearing aids and earmolds * Education about hearing loss and the impact it has on daily lives * Education in maximizing the benefits of hearing aids * Full range of digital hearing aids and styles * In-house services and repair of hearing aids by most major manufacturers * Custom swim molds, noise and musician ear plugs * Assistive Listening Devices (ALD
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 ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Henry Ford Medical Center
(313) 254-4231
19401 Hubbard Dr
Dearborn, MI
Hours
SundayClosed
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Ear Center Audiology
(313) 254-4338
2421 Monroe St Ste 201
Dearborn, MI
Services
•Comprehensive Hearing Tests •Middle Ear Testing/Tympanometry •Hearing Aid Evaluations •Digital Hearing Aids •Hearing Aid Repair (most brands) •Custom Earmolds •Swim Plugs •Noise Protection Devices •Musician Ear Plugs •Assistive Listening Devices •Counseling and Education
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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St. John Macomb Hospital
(586) 486-6321
11800 E 12 Mile Rd
Warren, MI
Hours
SundayClosed
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Premium Hearing Soluitons
(248) 850-2084
555 W 14 Mile Rd Ste 2A
Clawson, MI
Services
*Our hearing evaluation is thorough and reliable. We will examine your ears, remove any excess earwax, evaluate your middle ear system (eardrum, bones and muscles), test your hearing, and evaluate how well you understand speech. These tests will permit us to diagnose the type and degree of hearing loss in each ear and make rehabiliative or medical recommendations. A detailed description of your hearing loss, and its affect on communication, will be provided. If deemed necessary, a discussion on
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 AM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 AM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 AM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 AM ,Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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Michigan Hearing
(734) 237-1682
19900 Haggerty Rd Ste 111
Livonia, MI
Hours
SundayClosed
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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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