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Audiologist Duluth MN

Local resource for audiolgists in Duluth. 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.

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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Minnesota Hearing Aid Prof.
(952) 955-4328
6545 France Ave S 650 Southdale Medical Building
Minneapolis, MN
Hours
SundayClosed
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Allina Medical Clinic
(651) 323-2069
8675 Valley Creek Rd
Saint Paul, MN
Services
Eye care services and optical shopWe provide health care for the eyes, specializing in eye care, eyewear and contact lenses.A mother kisses her babyPregnancy careAllina Pregnancy Care can help you give your child the best possible beginning. Many moms from our clinic deliver their babies at United Hospital in St. PaulA man with diabetes smiles as his granddaughter drapes her arm over his shoulders.Diabetes educationDiabetes education equips you with the knowledge and tools to live well with diab
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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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The Hearing Clinic Of St Cloud
(320) 281-4571
1528 Northway Dr
Saint Cloud, MN
Services
Ear ServicesThere can be many different ear-related problems which range from the simple earwax buildup to the more complex tumors. Our board certified ear, nose & throat specialists can diagnose and develop an appropriate treatment plan for you. Possible ear problems and treatments.The nose and sinuses are complex structures which have many functions. Problems with these can greatly affect quality of life and may become a serious concern. Our physicians are experienced with problems and tre
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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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Minneapolis Otolaryngology
(952) 232-5421
6525 France Ave S Ste 325
Minneapolis, MN
Services
Our staff of five audiologists appreciate the opportunity to assist you with your hearing healthcare needs. We offer prompt, courteous, and professional care in regards to your hearing, hearing aids, and assistive hearing needs.
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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Allina Medical Hastings
(651) 304-6574
1210 1st St W
Hastings, MN
Services
Addiction treatmentAdjustable gastric band surgeryAdolescent health / PediatricsAdolescent psychiatryAdolescent psychologyAdvanced and chronic illnessAdvanced illnessAfter hours care / Urgent care / Emergency room (ER)Alcohol / Drug abuse treatmentAllergies / ImmunologyAlternative medicineAnesthesia / AnesthesiologyAneurysm / Vascular diseaseAngiogramAngioplasty Annual exams / Physicals / General careAnxiety inventoryArthritis / RheumatologyAssessment and referral / Crisis interventionAudiology
Hours
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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Minnesota Hearing Aid Prof.
(651) 323-2449
602 Garden View Medical Bldg. 347 North Smith Avenue
Saint Paul, MN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Olmsted Medical Center
(507) 322-3564
210 9th St Se
Rochester, MN
Services
24-hour Emergency CareAnesthesiologyAnticoagulation ClinicAsthma & AllergyAudiologyBariatricsBirthCenterCenter for Weight Loss and WellnessDermatologyEar, Nose & ThroatEducation OutreachEmergency MedicineFamily MedicineFastCare ClinicGeneral SurgeryHealth and WellnessHospitalist ServicesImmunization & Travel ClinicInternal MedicineLactation ServicesNeurologyObstetrics & GynecologyOccupational MedicineOphthalmologyOptical CenterOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePain ManagementPathology / LabPatient Ed
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mayo Clinic Health Sys-Mankato
(507) 201-4763
1025 Marsh St Po Box 8673
Mankato, MN
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SundayClosed
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Hearing & Speech Center
(507) 401-2786
1424 E College Dr Ste 200
Marshall, MN
Services
Evaluation by hearing specialistsPrivate consultation with an audiologistOtoadmittance testing for middle ear problemsAural rehabilitation servicesFONIX/Real ear computerized imaging of the ear and hearing performanceComplete line of hearing aidsAssistive listening devicesAssistive equipment on hand for demonstration and trialTrial period
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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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