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Audiologist Kansas City KS

Local resource for audiolgists in Kansas City. 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.

Midwest Ear Institute Inc.
(816) 479-4502
4200 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 100
Kansas City, MO
Services
Ear and hearing disorders, such as hearing loss, acute and chronic ear infections, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), ear tumors, and impacted ear wax;- Dizziness and balance disorders, such as Meniere''s Disease, benign positional vertigo, labyrinthitis, and migranine-associated disequilibrium; and- Neurotological disorders, such as facial nerve disorders, acoustic neuroma, and hearing problems treated with cochlear implants
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Clear Hearing Aid Service
(913) 871-1027
4125 Somerset Dr Ste 202
Shawnee Mission, KS
Services
*Same Day Appointments*Service all manufacturers*One of the only Oticon Specialist in the Kansas City Area
Hours
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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ENT Associates of Greater Kansas City, PA
(816) 295-6110
4880 NE Goodview Cir
Lees Summit, MO
Services
•Adult and Pediatric Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation and Diagnosis•Dizziness and Balance Disorder Evaluation•State of the Art Hearing Aid Technology•Lifestyle-Focused Hearing Aid Consultation•Custom Noise Protection, Swim Plugs, and Musician’s Ear Plugs
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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Wichita Ear Clinic
(316) 712-0247
9350 E Central Ave
Wichita, KS
Services
Otolaryngology and otology diagnosis and treatment.
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 - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Jozsa Hearing Centers, LLC
(316) 281-4066
500 N Main St Ste 212
Newton, KS
Services
Hearing Tests: * Hearing Screenings * Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations * Tympanometry * Acoustic Reflex * Tone Decay * Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions Tinnitus & Hyperacousis Tests: * Loudness and Pitch Matching * Minimum Masking Levels * Residual Inhibition * Loudness Discomfort Levels Audiological EvaluationsAmong the many diagnostic tests offered at the center are audiograms for determining basic hearing ability and word recognition, middle ear analysis for evaluat
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Otologic Center Inc.
(816) 479-4516
3100 Broadway St Ste 509
Kansas City, MO
Services
Medical/Non-SurgicalEar InfectionsHearing LossBalance DisordersDizzinessEar WaxMiddle Ear FluidFacial WeaknessMeniere’s DiseaseSudden Hearing LossTinnitusAcoustic NeuromaEustachian Tube ProblemsSurgicalChronic Ear InfectionsCholesteatomaOtosclerosisAcoustic NeuromaMeniere’s DiseaseCochlear ImplantationGlomus TumorsEustachian Tube Problems Services OfferedAUDIOLOGYDiagnostic Audiometry –The diagnositic hearing test involves testing both ears individually. Each ear’s sensit
Hours
SundayClosed
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Northland ENT
(816) 479-4598
2521 Glenn Hendren Dr Ste 104
Liberty, MO
Services
Custom Hearing Protection Northland Ear, Nose and Throat offers a wide variety of custom ear protection for noisy environments, musicians, swimmers and hunters. We also offer custom ear pieces for hands-free telephone use and for the iPod or other MP3 players.Hunters PlugsMusicians PlugsSwim PlugsHearing Aids : Learn about the different sizes of hearing aids and the levels of technology available today. * Shell Sizes * Technology * Explanation of Trial Period * Hearing Aid Manufactur
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Clear Hearing Aid Service
(913) 871-1027
4125 Somerset Dr Ste 202
Shawnee Mission, KS
Services
*Same Day Appointments*Service all manufacturers*One of the only Oticon Specialist in the Kansas City Area
Hours
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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Heartspring
(316) 665-4689
8700 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS
Services
Hearing Center ServicesPerhaps you suspect you have a hearing loss, Heartspring Hearing Center can help you learn more about hearing and hearing healthcare. The Hearing Center has certified audiologists who provide a variety of services to individuals of all ages. We offer hearing evaluations, a full range of hearing aids, helpful listening devices, video otoscopy, noise protection and musican ear plugs. Please call for an appointment or to learn more about how the Heartspring Hearing Center may
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Topeka ENT
(785) 783-4315
920 SW Lane Ste 200
Topeka, KS
Services
Nasal and Sinus SurgeryVoice and Swallowing DisordersHead and Neck, Thyroid, Parathyroid SurgeriesPediatric ENT CareDizziness Disorders/ImbalancesHearing Disorders/Hearing AidsAllergy
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,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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