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Audiologist Gainesville FL

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University of Florida @ Shands
(352) 358-4036
1600 SW Archer Rd Rm D2-57
Gainesville, FL
Services
CancerChildren''s ServicesHeart CareNeurological ServicesOrthopaedicsTransplantWomen & Families
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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U. Of Florida Spch & Hrng
(352) 358-4084
925 NW 56th Terrace Ste B
Gainesville, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:45 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:45 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:45 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:45 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:45 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Christie''s Hearing Aids Unlimited
(941) 584-8430
3944 Tamiami Trl S
Venice, FL
Services
Free Hearing evaluations - Hearing Aids of all styles and models - Repairs on all makes - Service on all brands - Accessories - Free cleaning on all brands - specializing in Digital Hearing Aids for nerve deafness. "ASK the man who wears hearing aids"
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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Indian River Hearing Center
(772) 617-0762
2110 5th Ave
Vero Beach, FL
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 ,SaturdayClosed
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North Florida Center for Hearing & Balance
(904) 429-3773
3 San Bartola Dr
Saint Augustine, FL
Services
We provide comprehensive hearing and balance testing including otoscopy, wax removal, tympanometry, otoacoustic emissions testing, audiometry, and videonystagmography (VNG). We also offer state-of-the-art digital hearing devices from all of the top manufacturers in the hearing industry. We can serivce any make and model of hearing aid, no matter the age or where it was purchased. Lastly, we can provide custom made noise plugs, swim plugs, bluetooth headsets, iPod headsets, musician earplugs,
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Gainesville ENT and
(352) 358-4076
7135 NW 11th Pl Ste A
Gainesville, FL
Services
Dr. Pinner received both a Masters of Art and a Doctor of Audiology She specializes in all aspects of hearing improvement for both adults and pediatrics including diagnosis, hearing aid selection and fittings. Immunotherapy for allergies is administered and we offer the highest level of hearing care provided exclusively by Doctors of Audiology
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Dr. Joseph D. Sparks
(352) 358-4067
1225 NW 10th Ave
Gainesville, FL
Services
As an audiologist, my goal is to have every one of my patients enjoy the benefits of being able to hear clearly. People of all ages can encounter hearing problems from infants to the elderly. It all begins with testing your hearing and understanding the best solutions available for your problem. I can help you every step of the way.My office is located in Gainesville, Florida, and I welcome any and all individuals who are concerned about their hearing. I offer many services including: * Adult
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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HearCare Audiology Center
(941) 225-2230
1445 S Osprey Ave Ste 2
Sarasota, FL
Services
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations, Hearing Rehabilitation, State of the Art Digital Hearing Aid Sales and Service, Hearing Aid Accessories, Hearing Aid Adjustment, Tinnitus Management and Treatment, Cerumen Management
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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HearingLife USA
(850) 637-8476
5147 N 9th Ave Ste 315
Pensacola, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Professional Hearing Centers
(352) 400-4293
211 S Apopka Ave
Inverness, FL
Services
Our Services: Comprehensive hearing evaluations, fitting custom hearing devices and earmolds. Education about hearing loss and the impact it has on daily lives Education in maximizing the benefits of hearing aids Full range of digital hearing aids and styles In-house services and repair of hearing aids by most major manufacturers Custom swim molds, noise and musician ear plugs Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs), including amplifiers for TV and telephones
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 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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