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Audiologist Duluth MN

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Hearing Associates
(866) 960-7361
4905 Matterhorn Dr
Duluth, MN
Services
Diagnostic Testing, Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment, Dispensing of Digital Hearing Aids, Hearing Aid Checks and Servicing, Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 06:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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River Valley Hearing Care Ctr
(888) 484-6849
1830 Commerce Dr
North Mankato, MN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Paparella Ear, Head
(877) 467-9305
701 25th Ave S Ste 200
Minneapolis, MN
Hours
SundayClosed
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Quality Hearing Systems
(651) 356-6376
2115A East County Road D
Saint Paul, MN
Services
better understand your hearing problems and fit you with the best hearing aid that fits your hearing loss and price range. We stand behind our products with a 2 warranty and lifetime service and give customer service that is second to none. Most repairs and services are done while you wait so you are never without your hearing aid. We offer repairs and services on all other makes of hearing aids also. Call or stop in and check us out.
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Minnesota Hearing Aid Prof.
(763) 515-7850
9550 Upland Ln N Suite 200 Grove Health Bldg.
Maple Grove, MN
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 ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Minnesota Hearing Aid Prof.
(763) 515-2292
3960 Coon Rapids Blvd Nw 201 Mercy Health Care Center
Minneapolis, MN
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 ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Park Nicollet Health Services
(952) 232-5423
3800 Park Nicollet Blvd
Minneapolis, MN
Hours
SundayClosed
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Onsite Hearing Inc.
(952) 232-5604
5201 Eden Ave Ste 130
Minneapolis, MN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Jackson Medical Equipment Inc
(651) 323-2032
982 Thomas Ave
Saint Paul, MN
Services
What services do we provide with every hearing device purchase?We pride ourselves on making the experience of purchasing a hearing device as painless as possible. We do this by including the Complete Hearing Health Care Package with every purchase, which includes:Free batteries for the life of your hearing devices Free, no obligation 2-week evaluations of your devices Quarterly cleanings and adjustments Reprogramming of hearing devices Audiometric screenings 2 year repair and 1 year loss and dam
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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Mayo Hearing
(888) 903-2295
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN
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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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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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