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Audiologist Fort Wayne IN

Local resource for audiolgists in Fort Wayne. 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.

The Hearing Center LLC
(260) 918-4142
1306 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)As a full service hearing center, The Hearing Center, LLC also provides a wide array of assistive listening devices. Many are on display in our assistive device room. If you are interested in any of these devices for yourself or a family member, be sure to stop by and ask us about them!Audiometric Evaluations: AdultsComplete diagnostic hearing evaluations are necessary to determine the type and degree of hearing loss. All testing is conducted in a sound treated
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SundayClosed
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Fort Wayne Hearing Center & Audiology
(260) 918-4365
9131 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
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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Arnett Clinic, Inc.
(765) 588-1607
2803 Park E. Blvd. Ste E
Lafayette, IN
Services
Clarian provides advanced health care for adults and children with a personal touch.Through Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, Clarian North, Clarian West, Clarian Arnett and our many outpatient centers, Clarian provides advanced health care for adults and children with a personal touch.Allergy & AsthmaAnesthesiologyAudiologyCancerCardiovascular/HeartClinical ResearchCritical Care MedicineDermatologyEmergency MedicineEndocrinology & MetabolismFamily Med
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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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Deaconess Clinic DT
(812) 618-4107
4011 Gateway Blvd
Newburgh, IN
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Conn Hearing Aid Center
(888) 369-0436
1516 Spring St
Jeffersonville, IN
Services
Hearing instruments, service and programming are available for most brands. We also have an extensive selection of accessories, batteries, communicative products, custom earmolds and educational resources.*SoundCare Lifetime Service*Hearing Evaluations & Consultations*Video Otoscopic Exams*Hearing Instrument Cleaning & Checkups*Hearing Instrument & Earmold Loaner Services*Hearing System Demonstrations*Communicative Product Demonstrations*In-Home Services (please call for coverage areas and rate
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Saturday09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Hearcare Professional
(260) 918-4362
5933 E State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN
Services
Loss of sleep Inability to relax Lack of concentration Hyperacusis, or sensitivity to loud sounds Anxiety and depression Negative impact on work, family, and social life
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Tri State E N T Surgeons
(812) 618-1860
3801 Bellemeade Ave Ste 330
Evansville, IN
Services
Advanced Surgical Solutions for Complex Hearing ProblemsWe are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of the most complex hearing problems. Our staff includes Dr. John C. Bizal, who is the only fellowship trained Otologist (ear doctor) residing in the area, and a team of doctors who are certified by the most respected boards in their field. Here are some of the procedures we offer:· Stapedectomy - for people who suffer from otosclerosis, which is the immobilization of the stapes bone -
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Saint Vincent Hospital
(317) 973-0128
2001 W 86th St
Indianapolis, IN
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Professional Hearing Healthcare
(765) 273-4597
3631 N Morrison Rd
Muncie, IN
Services
Full Hearing Evaluations and Fitting of Hearing Aids
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Darr & Associates Inc.
(574) 633-5430
919 E Jefferson Blvd Ste 104
South Bend, IN
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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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