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Audiologist Johnson City TN

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East Tennessee Hearing Center
(423) 218-4372
112 E Myrtle Ave Ste 504
Johnson City, TN
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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Mountain Empire Eye Physicians
(423) 217-4331
3185 W State St Ste 2010
Bristol, TN
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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Hearing Centers Of
(901) 726-3036
6242 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN
Hours
SundayClosed
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East Tennessee Hearing Center
(888) 471-0278
1240 Fox Meadows Blvd Ste 5
Sevierville, TN
Hours
Monday12:00 AM - 12:00 AM ,Tuesday12:00 AM - 12:00 AM ,Wednesday12:00 AM - 12:00 AM ,Thursday12:00 AM - 12:00 AM ,Friday12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Bridgewater Speech & Hearing
(865) 512-6542
103 Suburban Rd Ste D
Knoxville, TN
Services
At Bridgewater Speech & Hearing, our goal is to help you or your loved one live life to its fullest. We all want to hear the beautiful sounds of nature, to clearly understand converstations, and to be able to communicate perfectly with those around us.Whether you are elderly and losing your hearing over time, or you have an infant who’s hearing ability concerns you, we are dedicated and able to help you to the best possible outcome.Diagnostic Hearing & Balance EvaluationsComprehensive Hear
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Holston Medical Group
(423) 343-4074
105 West Stone Drive Ste 4D
Kingsport, TN
Services
Ambulatory Surgery Centers Audiology Behavioral Health Clinical Research Healthy U Hospital Team Integrated Health Management Laboratory & X-Ray Long Term Care Outpatient Diagnostic Centers Rehabilitation Sleep Centers Urgent Care
Hours
SundayClosed
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The Hearing Center at Holston Valley Medical Center
(432) 224-5540
ASHA
Kingsport, TN
Specialty
Hearing loss in adults and children
Education
Master's Degree
Associated Hospitals
Holston Valley Medical Center
Professional Memberships
Audiologists

Hearing Services of Franklin
(888) 370-6462
100 Covey Dr Suite 111
Franklin, TN
Services
Our Hearing Services Include:Comprehensive hearing testsBalance evaluations Musician hearing consultations Hearing protection to include swim plugs, noise plugs and musician monitors Tinnitus managementIf you experience a sense of vertigo or imbalance, you are not alone. Nearly 50% of dizziness is inner ear related. Hearing Services of Franklin can evaluate dizziness. A form of dizziness, called BPPV, affects many individuals and can be treated in the office. Do you hear chirping or ringing i
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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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Middle Tennessee ENT
(888) 482-8556
1370 Gateway Blvd Ste 100
Murfreesboro, TN
Services
Cerumen RemovalWe provide basic ear wax removal.Dizziness and Vertigo EvaluationsMany people suffer from dizziness. Fortunately, the most common kind of dizziness can be treated in the office. For other types of dizziness, a full vestibular evaluation may be required.Ear MoldsWe have many types of custom earplugs including custom swim molds, custom noise protection earmolds, custom hands-free cell phone earmolds, custom iPod earplugs, custom musician earplugs, and more. We also have Doc-Pro Plug
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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HEAR Services
(865) 730-4332
800 Oak Ridge Tpke Ste C101
Oak Ridge, TN
Services
* Diagnostic audiological evaluations for all ages * Immittance testing for analyzing middle ear status * Otoacoustic Emission testing to establish cochlear status * Newborn hearing screenings * Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) * Canalith Repositioning for the “dizzy” patient suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) * Hearing aid evaluations and fitting * Service and repair of most makes and models of hearing aids
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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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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