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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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Kitsap Audiology
(360) 362-4403
2601 Cherry Ave Ste 211
Bremerton, WA
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 - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Multicare Clinic Covington
(253) 237-1480
17700 Se 272nd St Ste 200
Kent, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Virginia Mason South
(253) 336-4546
33501 1st Way S
Federal Way, WA
Services
Anesthesiology, Anticoagulation Clinic, Asthma/Allergy, Audiology, Bariatric (Obesity) Surgery, Bone Density Scanning, Brain Cancer, Breast Cancer, CT Scans, Cardiology, Cochlear Implants, Cosmetic Surgery, Dermatology, Diabetes Care, Endocrinology, Eye Care, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Gynecology, Head & Neck Surgery, Headache Clinic, Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention, Laboratory facilities, Lung Cancer, MRI, Mammography, Nephrology, Neurology, Nutrition Servi
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 01:30 PM
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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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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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Northwest Vestibular Svcs PLLC
(206) 701-6952
418 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Stanwood Camano Hearing Center
(360) 654-4307
7359 267th St NW Ste A
Stanwood, WA
Services
Hearing EvaluationsYou will be seen by licensed hearing professionals - audiologists and hearing instrument specialists with the experience to serve your needs. These hearing professionals are knowledgeable in the fitting of the latest diagnostic equipment, procedures, and amplification technology to help identify the best hearing aid or treatment method suitable for your hearing and communication needs.
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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Audiology/Hear Center
(253) 777-3204
5821 Sprague Court
Tacoma, WA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Vancouver ENT Head & Neck
(360) 369-4133
14411 NE 20th Ave Ste 101
Vancouver, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
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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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