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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
Hours
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
(765) 448-8488
2600 Greenbush St
Lafayette, IN
Services
HIV Prevention Education,HIV Testing,HIV Treatment
Organization Type
Hospital

Professional Hearing Services, Inc.
(317) 973-0012
8801 N Meridian St Ste 210
Indianapolis, IN
Services
Audiological Assessment,Tympanometry,Counseling and Rehabilitation,Adult Hearing Aid Dispensing with 75-day adjustment period and retraining program, Complimentary no-obligation in-office demonstration of discrete digital open-ear hearing devices. Like what you hear? Let Dr. O''Connor fit you with a pair for a 75-day evaluation! Complimentary lifetime cleaning and check-up of your hearing aid system, free batteries. Ear protection/custom molds for swimmers, musicians, noisy hobbies, aviation.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Otolaryngology Associates
(888) 758-3784
5255 E Stop 11 Rd Suite 405
Indianapolis, IN
Services
* Otolaryngology * Pediatric Otolaryngology * Head & Neck Cancer * Facial Defects Following Trauma and Cancer Treatment * Allergies & Sinusitis * Thyroid & Parathyroid Disorders * Sleep Disorders & Snoring * Speech, Voice & Swallowing Disorders * Hearing & Balance Disorders * Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery * Deformities of the Nose, Eyelids, Face and Neck * Video Education
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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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
Hours
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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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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Michiana Hearing Care Center
(574) 807-9813
1001 N Hickory Rd Ste 3
South Bend, IN
Services
Dr. Sharp is trained to perform comprehensive hearing evaluations for all ages, hearing aid consultations, adjustments and repairs.Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsEach patient has a thorough case history taken and an otoscopic check of the ears is performed. The evaluation determines the hearing at different pitches, the type and severity of your loss, and how well words are understood in each ear. Dr. Sharp will then explain your test results. Together you will discuss your personal listening nee
Hours
SundayClosed
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South Bend Clinic
(574) 203-0034
211 N Eddy St
South Bend, IN
Services
Whether you''re suffering from allergies or arthritis, a sore throat or a spastic colon, or if you''re having a baby or a heart attack, the South Bend Clinic offers the widest range of services and the most advanced procedures to help. As technical and specialized as some of the terminology and procedures are, there is nothing cold or clinical about what we do. Our physicians and professional staff are there to help with a friendly and personal touch. They''re ready to listen and to ask question
Hours
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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Ohio Valley ENT And Allergy
(888) 453-7186
2125 State St Ste 6
New Albany, IN
Services
AudiologyOur Audiology department is staffed with two Doctors of Audiology. Each Doctor holds Audiology licensure in Indiana and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology. They are both members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They have both gone through extensive training in order to offer the latest in hearing aid technology to all of our patients. Other services they provide are hearing evaluations and diagnostic
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,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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