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Easter Seals DuPage & the Fox Valley Region
(847) 915-4626
799 S McLean Blvd
Elgin, IL
Services
Comprehensive audiology services have been provided since 1981 at this location. These services include hearing screening, testing and hearing aid fitting/follow-up and repair. Services are for newborns through seniors. Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.
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 ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Care of Palatine
(847) 348-8826
305 E Northwest Hwy
Palatine, IL
Services
Hearing Testing, Hearing Aids,Assistive Listening Devices??, Batteries??,Hearing Aid Supplies
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,Saturday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM by Appointment
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Mercy Health System
(815) 261-4374
390 E Congress Pkwy PO Box 619 Ste M
Crystal Lake, IL
Services
Our services include comprehensive diagnostic hearing evaluations for children through adults, newborn hearing screening, otoacoustic emissions testing, and ENG testing. We also provide services for hearing aids, cochlear implants for adults, bone-anchored hearing aids, and custom and non-custom water and sound protection.
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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Audiologic Services
(630) 225-7052
487 Pennsylvania Ave
Glen Ellyn, IL
Services
Diagnostic TestingVNG Test - Videonystagmography
Hours
Sunday11:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Monday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Complete Hearing Care PC
(847) 613-4247
247 Robert Parker Coffin Rd
Long Grove, IL
Hours
Sunday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,Monday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Friday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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Audiologic Services
(630) 246-2195
501 Thorn Hill Dr
Carol Stream, IL
Services
Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss is suspected, an appointment with one of our certified Audiologists should be made for the purposes of testing and evaluation.After the age of 50, a regular hearing test should be considered as important as ones yearly physical checkup.Testing is painless, comfortable and safe. Basically, it consists of answering questions about your hearing health, recognizing everyday words at different volume levels, and identifying different sounds. Your ability to hear ea
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SundayClosed
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Barrington Hearing Center
(847) 348-8069
1525 S Grove Ave
Barrington, IL
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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Loyola Primary Care Center
(630) 225-7023
140 E Loop Rd
Wheaton, IL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Specialists Of DuPage
(630) 225-7048
55 E Loop Rd Ste 204
Wheaton, IL
Services
Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations, all agesTinnitus Evaluations and TreatmentHearing Aid Consultation utilizing the newest in advanced digital hearing aids, all sizes availableCompetitive prices with choices from over 7 different hearing aid manufacturersComputerized hearing aid testing and adjustmentsDeep vacuum cleaning of hearing aids. Repair services with extended warrenty and hearing aid insurance availableAssistive Listening Devices i.e. amplified phones, TV listening devices, amplified al
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Health Center Inc.
(630) 225-7056
636 Raymond Dr Ste 203
Naperville, IL
Services
The Hearing Health Center is renowned for their skill in comprehensive hearing assessments, diagnosing and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders, and prescribing and individually tuning every type of hearing instrument and personal communication device available.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 AM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 07:00 AM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM 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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