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Audiologist Flint MI

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Exela Hearing Services LLC
(810) 275-0797
4325 Miller Rd
Flint, MI
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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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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Western Michigan University-
(269) 200-4026
1000 Oakland Dr
Kalamazoo, MI
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SundayClosed
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Superior ENT Specialists
(906) 662-4464
1414 West Fair Ave Ste 130
Marquette, MI
Services
Services:Nose and Sinus DisordersEar DisordersDizzinessThroat and SnoringGland DisordersHearing LossDiagnostic Audiology TestsHearing Aids (Adults only)
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Jackson Hearing Clinic
(517) 879-1433
1111 Teneyck St Ste 200
Jackson, MI
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Fluke Hearing Instruments
(810) 515-8927
3413 S Linden Rd
Flint, MI
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Wellness Center
(231) 366-1592
6653 Grand Haven Rd
Spring Lake, MI
Services
ServicesWe can perform a full battery of hearing tests to evaluate hearing levels that may indicate a possible medical condition or the need for amplification. We offer a full line of behind-the-ear, in-the-ear or in-the-canal standard and digital hearing aids, batteries and accessories. Also, assistive listening devices are available. Our prices are highly competitive and we are currently pursuing possible funding to assist low-income individuals.We participate with the Blue Cross Blue Shield H
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SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Constance Brown Hearing Centers
(269) 200-4025
1634 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
Services
Industrial Audiology Free Hearing Aid Cleaning Speaker Bureau Getting More From Your Hearing Aids Diagnostic hearing evaluations to identify the degree and type of hearing loss, with medical or other professional consultation and referral, as indicated.Hearing aid evaluation and prescription to ensure the most appropriate selection and use.Fitting, adjustments and client training for effective hearing aid use. Thirty day evaluation with prescribed hearing aids to ensure satisfaction.Industrial A
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Oakland Audiology
(248) 257-5688
4202 Pontiac Lake Rd
Waterford, MI
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Henry Ford Medical Center
(313) 254-4231
19401 Hubbard Dr
Dearborn, MI
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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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