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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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Ear Center Audiology
(313) 449-8591
21142 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Services
Personalized & Professional CareFree Hearing ScreeningsFree Hearing EvaluationsFree Trial Product DemonstrationsOn-Site Repair LabFully Digital and Programmable Hearing Aids with many style and price options Same Day FitInterest-Free Financing Availible
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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Marquette General Hospital
(906) 373-8640
580 W College Ave
Marquette, MI
Services
Diabetic ServicesEmergency DepartmentEmployee Assistance ProgramFastCareHand SurgeryMemory Loss CenterOccupational MedicineOrgan DonationPain ANetworkPatient AccessPlastic SurgeryRespiratory CareSports Medicine InstituteTelehealthVascular ServicesVolunteersMetabolic & Bariatric ServicesNon-Surgical Weight Mgt.Surgical Weight Mgt. Weight QuestionsFood & Nutrition ServicesNorth Country Cafe MenuAnalysis of Food ItemsRecipesNutrition and Wellness/DiabetesNutritional CounselingNutrition and Medicine
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mosa Audiology
(810) 355-2637
2305 Genoa Business Park Dr Suite 160
Brighton, MI
Services
Our Services Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies
Hours
SundayClosed
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HEARING CLINICS, LLC
(810) 637-5073
816 Huron Ave
Port Huron, MI
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment
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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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McDonald Audiology
(616) 723-8464
4444 Kalamazoo Ave Se
Grand Rapids, MI
Hours
SundayClosed
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Muskegon Hearing & Speech
(231) 366-4458
1155 East Sherman Boulevard
Muskegon, MI
Services
Professional Audiology Services DesignedWith Your Satisfaction in MindCLINICAL SERVICESA wide range of hearing assessmentsOTO - Acoustics Emissions Testing for infants. Specialists in Digital FittingsSpeech DiagnosticsPediatric to geriatric audiologyHearing aid selection, evaluation, consultation, sales and serviceCOMMUNITY SERVICESHearing screening for children and adultsPublic information and educationSummer Speech SchoolHearing Impaired Summer SchoolAudiology services are provided at nursing
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Michigan Ear Institute
(248) 419-0251
30055 Northwestern Hwy Ste 101
Farmington Hills, MI
Services
Hearing DisordersDizziness and BalanceFacial Nerve DisordersAcoustic Tumor SurgeryNeurotologic Skull Base SurgeryPediatric OtologyCochlear Implant SurgeryAudiologyHearing Aid Center
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Care Industries PC
(248) 257-5992
6650 Highland Rd Ste 110
Waterford, MI
Hours
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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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