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Audiologist Joliet IL

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Loyola Center For Health
(708) 390-0279
15750 Marian Dr
Homer Glen, IL
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Loyola Hearing Center
(708) 298-0294
6440 Main St Ste 120
Woodridge, IL
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Hearing Health Center Inc.
(630) 225-7056
636 Raymond Dr Ste 203
Naperville, IL
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The Hearing Health Center is renowned for their skill in comprehensive hearing assessments, diagnosing and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders, and prescribing and individually tuning every type of hearing instrument and personal communication device available.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 AM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 07:00 AM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment
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Sertoma Speech & Hearing Ctr.
(708) 321-4073
10409 S Roberts Rd
Palos Hills, IL
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or 32 years, we have provided all our patients (closing in on a quarter million) with unsurpassed professional care regardless of their financial circumstances. In fact, since opening our first clinic, not a single patient has been denied our care because of their ability to pay. Our patients — from newborns to senior adults — receive the finest diagnostic services, treatment counseling, rehabilitation, and one-on-one personal care.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 07:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 07:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Christ Hospital & Medical Ctr.
(708) 321-4054
12350 South Harlem Avenue
Palos Heights, IL
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Affordable Hearing Solutions
(630) 608-4504
1935 Springbrook Square Drive Suite 109
Naperville, IL
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Steinwart Audiology & Speech
(630) 608-4576
1411 S Bridge St
Yorkville, IL
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Ear Nose & Throat Associates
(708) 390-0282
7350 W College Dr Ste 208
Palos Heights, IL
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ServicesEar, Nose and Throat Associates PC has been servicing the tri-state area since 1953. Throughout the years we have grown in both size and expertise. Currently we have three offices in Fort Wayne along with 10 clinics throughout the surrounding area.Providing patient care are 11 board certified otolaryngologists, along with an experienced staff of audiologists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, nurses and support personnel. We strive to provide the most up to date medical and surgi
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Dr. P. Keni
(708) 487-6164
6600 W College Dr
Palos Heights, IL
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Dr''s. Girgis And Associates
(630) 230-1425
908 N Elm St Ste 306
Hinsdale, IL
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Our full range of services include the medical and surgical treatment of problems of the ear, nose, throat, sinus, head, neck, thyroid and facial aesthetics. In addition, we provide state-of-the-art audiologic evaluations, hearing aid devices, CT scan imagery, diagnostic and therapeutic sleep studies.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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