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Audiologist East Providence RI

Local resource for audiolgists in East Providence. 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.

Physicians Hearing Solutions
(401) 227-1108
900 Warren Ave Ste 303
East Providence, RI
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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Audiology & Speech Pathology
(401) 623-8062
115 Georgia Ave
Providence, RI
Hours
SundayClosed
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Alliance ENT And Hearing Center
(401) 305-2018
845 N Main St Ste 2
Providence, RI
Services
We provide comprehensive hearing evaluations, auditory processing evaluations, balance testing, and complete hearing aid services. Alliance ENT and Hearing Center provides complete ear, nose and throat care. See our website for more information.Please call us for an appointment. We take pride in the personal attention and helpfulness of our staff.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Rhode Island Ear Nose & Throat Physicians, Inc.
(401) 305-2237
333 School St Ste 210
Pawtucket, RI
Services
Diagnostic and Hearing Aid Services ProvidedDiagnostic and Hearing Aid Services ProvidedDiagnostic hearing tests for ages 6 months and up including Tympanometric and acoustic reflex testing.Otoacoustic Emission (OAE), which are beneficial in the auditory evaluation of infants and the difficult to test population.Auditory Brainstem Response Testing (ABR): which is a neurological assessment and auditory threshold determination.Videonystagmography (VNG): which is beneficial in diagnosing vestibular
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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RI ENT Physicians, Inc.
(401) 312-4548
2138 Mendon Rd Suite 204
Cumberland, RI
Services
Diagnostic and Hearing Aid Services ProvidedDiagnostic and Hearing Aid Services ProvidedDiagnostic hearing tests for ages 6 months and up including Tympanometric and acoustic reflex testing.Otoacoustic Emission (OAE), which are beneficial in the auditory evaluation of infants and the difficult to test population.Auditory Brainstem Response Testing (ABR): which is a neurological assessment and auditory threshold determination.Videonystagmography (VNG): which is beneficial in diagnosing vestibular
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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University Otolaryngology
(401) 623-8060
130 Waterman St
Providence, RI
Services
•Head and Neck Medicine & Surgery•Neurotology – Otology – Skull Base Surgery •Two Board Certified Pediatric Otolaryngologists•Endoscopic Treatment of Sinus Disease •Head and Neck Tumor & Cancer Surgery•Allergy Testing and Treatment•Physical Therapy (Vestibular Rehabilitation) •Center for Vestibular & Balance Disorders•Evaluation and Treatment of Hearing Loss•Comprehensive Hearing Aid Services •On site CT Scan in our Dudley Street
Hours
SundayClosed
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University Otolaryngology
(401) 623-4159
118 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Services
Assistive Listening DevicesAlthough hearing aids can be very useful in helping individuals with hearing impairment in daily activities, there are many situations in which the hearing aids alone do not provide sufficient help. Such instances include hearing in background noise, on the telephone or at the theater and listening to your TV. Some people with hearing loss also have difficulty hearing alarms (i.e. smoke detectors), door bells or telephone ringing unless they are close to the unit. A
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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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Dr. Anthony Barone
(401) 305-2009
725 Reservoir Ave Ste 303
Cranston, RI
Hours
SundayClosed
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Personal Hearing Systems
(401) 305-2017
1468 Park Ave
Cranston, RI
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Twin Rivers Hearing Health Inc
(401) 404-5053
151 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI
Services
Our goal is to provide quality, affordable, personal hearing health care and related service to pediatric, adult and geriatric clients with hearing problems. We diagnose the type and severity of your hearing loss, and recommend the best solution for your needs, activities and life style.If your hearing loss cannot be corrected medically, a hearing aid may be required which can be fitted in our office. All service is personal, customized and confidential. Let us show you why we''re the best audio
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 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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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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