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Audiologist Kennewick WA

Local resource for audiolgists in Kennewick. 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.

Columbia Basin Hearing & Balance Center
(509) 591-0224
1149 N Edison St Ste D
Kennewick, WA
Services
Audiological Evaluation,Hearing Aid Services,Vestibular Evaluation,Fall Risk Assessment,Tinnitus Evaluation,Pediatric Evaluation,APD Evaluation
Hours
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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Nicholas Hamill, M.D.
(253) 777-3138
1901 S Union B2010
Tacoma, WA
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 - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Kitsap Audiology
(360) 633-2135
9995 Silverdale Way NW Ste 103
Silverdale, WA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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All About Hearing Inc
(360) 419-4486
218 E. Rio Vista
Burlington, WA
Services
FREE Demonstration of Oticon Agil hearing aids!Free Hearing Test and ConsultationFree Listening Demo - Try aids at home and work with no risk. Complete line of hearing devicesSpecialty earmolds - I-Pod, Noisebrakers, Sleep plugs0% financing availableL&I claims started and servicedMost major insurances accepted
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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Audiology/Hear Center
(425) 502-5004
11511 NE 10th St
Bellevue, WA
Services
Group Health Cooperative, together with its subsidiary Group Health Options, Inc., operates in all or parts of 20 counties in Washington and two counties in North Idaho. In Washington, Group Health Cooperative offers coordinated-care plans for both groups and individuals; Clear Care®, our Medicare Advantage plans; and plans for residents who qualify for Healthy Options (Medicaid), Basic Health, and the State Children''s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP).Care is provided by Group Health Permanent
Hours
SundayClosed
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Columbia Basin Hearing
(509) 392-4242
215 Van Giesen St
Richland, WA
Services
Audiological EvaluationHearing Aid ServicesVestibular EvaluationFall Risk AssessmentTinnitus EvaluationPediatric EvaluationAPD Evaluation
Hours
SundayClosed
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Harbor Audiology And Hearing
(253) 292-5202
4700 Point Fosdick Dr Nw Ste 212
Gig Harbor, WA
Services
Free hearing aid consults with valid audiogramsAll hearing instruments are fitted on a 30-day initial basisGuaranteed successful fittingsAccess to the most technologically advanced instruments availableIn-house and manufacturer modifications and repairsOffice visits included throughout warranty period of the instrumentComplete Hearing Health Care * Batteries provided for the life of your hearing instruments * Quarterly cleanings and adjustments * Yearly audiometric screenings * Yearl
Hours
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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Highline Hearing Professionals (formerly Highline Audiology)
(206) 792-9355
14400 Ambaum Blvd SW Ste G
Burien, WA
Services
We provide maintenance and minor repairs for most hearing aids in our office.When we cannot fix a hearing aid in-house, we can send it to the original manufacturer or to an all-make repair lab. Often the aids can be returned to original specifications. Instruments sent out for repair are generally ready to be picked up in ten days to two weeks.We offer no-charge loaner instruments to patients who must send their hearing aids in for repair.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Harbor Audiology & Hearing
(253) 777-0922
1901 S 72nd St Ste A14
Tacoma, WA
Services
No charge for hearing aid consults with valid audiogramsAll hearing instruments are fitted on a 30-day initial basisGuaranteed successful fittingsAccess to the most technologically advanced instruments availableIn-house and manufacturer modifications and repairsOffice visits included throughout warranty period of the instrumentComplete Hearing Health Care:Batteries provided for the life of your hearing instrumentsQuarterly cleanings and adjustmentsYearly audiometric screeningsYearly hearing inst
Hours
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 - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Peninsula Hearing Inc.
(360) 930-3531
19319 7th Ave Ne Ste 102
Poulsbo, WA
Services
Hearing Evaluations for Adults & ChildrenComprehensive Hearing Aid Fittings and AdjustmentsHearing Aid Repair & ProgrammingIndustrial Hearing Conservation ServicesEducational Audiology Services for Hearing Impaired ChildrenComplete Hearing Health Care ™*
Hours
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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