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Audiologist Kalamazoo MI

Local resource for audiolgists in Kalamazoo. 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.

Constance Brown Hearing Centers
(269) 200-4025
1634 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
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Industrial Audiology Free Hearing Aid Cleaning Speaker Bureau Getting More From Your Hearing Aids Diagnostic hearing evaluations to identify the degree and type of hearing loss, with medical or other professional consultation and referral, as indicated.Hearing aid evaluation and prescription to ensure the most appropriate selection and use.Fitting, adjustments and client training for effective hearing aid use. Thirty day evaluation with prescribed hearing aids to ensure satisfaction.Industrial A
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Paragon Health PC
(269) 200-4021
501 S Drake Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Lakeshore Health Partners
(616) 499-2304
577 Michigan Ave Ste 101
Holland, MI
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ENT SERVICESThe Ear There are many conditions that affect the inner, middle and outer portions of the ear. Trained in both the medical and surgical elements of the ear, our physicians are able to offer treatment of hearing difficulties, ear infections, balance disorders, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), nerve pain, trauma, wax accumulation and facial and cranial nerve disorders. The practice also treats pediatric patients for chronic ear infections and hearing problems. Sensorineural (nerve) heari
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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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Mid Michigan ENT
(888) 387-3470
1500 Abbot Rd Ste 400
East Lansing, MI
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We treat pediatric and adult ear, nose and throat disorders, sleep disorders, diagnostic audiology procedures, diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders, dispense hearing aids, speech and language services, videostroboscopy, botox injections for spasmodic dysphonia and BAHA (bone anchored hearing device) installation, balloon sinuplasty and ENG and ABR.
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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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiological Services of Cadillac and Michigan Hearing Systems
(231) 825-3025
8872 Professional Dr Ste A
Cadillac, MI
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ASC HEARING CLINIC specializes in advanced diagnostic testing and rehabilitation for individuals with impairments in hearing, balance, auditory processing/discrimination difficulties and communication related disorders. Services are provided to ALL AGES - NEWBORN THROUGH ADULT.All diagnostic testing is conducted with state of the art and calibrated equipment in soundtreated rooms. These tests include: * Complete Hearing Evaluations o Pure Tone Air Conduction o Pure Tone Bone
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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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Western Michigan University-
(269) 200-4026
1000 Oakland Dr
Kalamazoo, MI
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Ear Center Audiology
(313) 449-8591
21142 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Services
Personalized & Professional CareFree Hearing ScreeningsFree Hearing EvaluationsFree Trial Product DemonstrationsOn-Site Repair LabFully Digital and Programmable Hearing Aids with many style and price options Same Day FitInterest-Free Financing Availible
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Exela Hearing Services LLC
(810) 275-0797
4325 Miller Rd
Flint, MI
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Center
(866) 413-8836
1200 E Michigan Ave Ste 330
Lansing, MI
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance to OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingTinnitus Evaluation
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Bloomfield Hearing
(248) 636-1856
44200 Woodward Ave Ste 201
Pontiac, MI
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We treat a simple sore throat as seriously as we do life-threatening sleep apnea, often suffered by people who snore heavily. We use the latest hearing aid technology to give our patients the hearing they need to enjoy life at its fullest. We re-sculpt noses, remove excessive eyelid tissue and give fuller lips for our patients who are unhappy with their looks or when they start to look older than they feel. We use minimally invasive techniques such as Botox injections, injectible fillers like co
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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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