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Audiologist Goodyear AZ

Local resource for audiolgists in Goodyear. 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.

Biltmore ENT
(623) 738-3695
13555 W McDowell Rd Ste 202
Goodyear, AZ
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Metro Hearing Service
(623) 738-2181
13203 N 103rd Ave Ste J4
Sun City, AZ
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SundayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Audioear Hearing Aids
(623) 242-5720
18747 N Reems Rd Ste 540
Surprise, AZ
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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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Arizona ENT Physicians
(623) 738-2195
13949 W Meeker Blvd Ste C
Sun City West, AZ
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Arizona ENT Physicians is a full-service Otolaryngology practice with an emphasis on Audiology and Surgery of the Head and Neck.AudiologyOur Doctor of Audiolgy has over 20 years of experience and is certified by the American Speech Language-Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology and is licensed by the States of Arizona and New York as an audiologist/licensed hearing aid dispenser. This expertise, coupled with access to the most technologically advanced diagnostic tools and rehabi
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Better Hearing Center
(602) 457-6371
14021 N 51st Ave Ste 101
Glendale, AZ
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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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Audioear Hearing Aids and Audiology
(623) 207-8236
10404 W Coggins Dr Ste 110
Sun City, AZ
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We offer the widest range of hearing services including; an free interview, visual and diagnostic examinations, audiometric pure tone and bone conduction testing, speech evaluations to measure how well you understand conversation at different volumes and the potential of any treatments, treatment options including referral to physician for correctable problems via surgery and implants, specialized assistive device products on display to help with or without hearing aids. Trust and integrity are
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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PurTone Hearing Centers
(623) 738-3691
14537 W Grand Ave Ste 120
Surprise, AZ
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PurTone Complete Concierge, a comprehensive service package that includes our 65 Day Best Price Guarantee, our 65 Day Better Hearing Guarantee, Free Batteries for Life, Free Vacation Loaner Devices, Free Worry-Free for Life Service & Cleanings, Free Device Adjustments, Free Dome Replacements, Free Ear Cleanings and Free Courtesy Transportation.
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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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Arizona Audiology & Hearing
(623) 207-8239
13540 West Camino Del Sol Ste 20
Sun City West, AZ
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* Diagnostic Testing Diagnostic evaluations of hearing loss including air and bone puretones, uncomfortable levels, speech discrimination for individual ears and binaurally. Middle ear dysfunction, such as, otitis media (middle ear infection) and Eustachian tube dysfunction can be measured using a tympanogram. * Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment Tinnitus matching and treatment with either hearing technology or supplements are available. Referral for tinnitus retraining is available
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PurTone Hearing Centers
(623) 201-4384
8272 W Lake Pleasant Pkwy Ste 206
Peoria, AZ
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PurTone Complete Concierge, a comprehensive service package that includes our 65 Day Best Price Guarantee, our 65 Day Better Hearing Guarantee, Free Batteries for Life, Free Vacation Loaner Devices, Free Worry-Free for Life Service & Cleanings, Free Device Adjustments, Free Dome Replacements, Free Ear Cleanings and Free Courtesy Transportation.Free comprehensive hearing exams and consultationsFitting of digital hearing aids for adult patientsVideo otoscopyCustom musician’s monitors and ear
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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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Metro Hearing Services
(602) 457-1937
13934 N 59th Ave Ste 120
Glendale, AZ
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Hearing RehabilitationBalance / TinnitusBalance ProgramBalance/DizzinessTinnitusIndustrial AudiologyOSHA / Industrial testingCurrent ClientsPatient TestimonialsLoginHomeHistoryLocationsAppointmentsContact Us Arizona Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss and Tinnitus ClinicIt is indeed a pleasure having you as a visitor. At Metro Hearing Services, it is our goal to help you understand more about the functions of the ear and the causes of hearing loss. As a patient at any of our five offices, you are the mos
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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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