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Audiologist Knoxville TN

Local resource for audiolgists in Knoxville. 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.

Greater Knoxville ENT
(865) 329-6098
7557-A Dannaher Way Ste 210
Powell, TN
Services
* Allergy drops * Conventional therapyEar * Audiology * Balance Disorders * Ear Infections * Tinnitus * Ear SurgeryHearing Aids * Hearing Loss * RingingNose * Nosebleeds * Sinus Disorders * Nasal ObstructionThroat * Throat Disorders * Voice Disorders * Swallowing Disorders * Salivary Glands * Tonsils & AdenoidsSleep Disorders * Sleep Apnea * Snoring * Pillar ImplantsCancer of the Head & Neck * Oral Cancer * Laryngeal Cancer * Skin
Hours
Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday01:30 PM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Appalachian Audiology PLLC
(865) 686-6577
130 Mabry Hood Rd Ste 103
Knoxville, TN
Hours
SundayClosed
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Allied Hearing Care Inc.
(888) 458-5467
110 Glancy St Ste 214
Goodlettsville, TN
Services
•Testing for all ages - from newborns to adults•Comprehensive medical diagnostic audiometric testing•Tympanometric or impedance testing•Acoustic reflex•Otoacoustic emissions•Balance evaluations (Electronystagmography)•Tinnitus evaluations & management•Cochlear implant candidacy testing•Assistive listening devices for the telephone, cell phone, TV & more•Custom ear molds for swimming, protection in noise, music and sound level monitors•Blueto
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology & Hearing Health
(615) 713-1427
3443 Dickerson Pike Ste 650
Nashville, TN
Services
Comprehensive Audiology Services: Advanced Hearing aid sales and service, Vestibular balance diagnostics, Tinnitus treatment, Musicians monitors, Hearing protection, Assistive devices and counseling. Performance analysis, testing and comparison of all hearing aid makes and models.
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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Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Ctr.
(615) 358-0113
9302 Mce South Tower 1215 21st Ave South
Nashville, TN
Services
Monroe Carell Jr. Children''s Hospital at VanderbiltThe Vanderbilt Clinic (TVC)Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer CenterNashville Veterans Administration Medical Center (VA)Vanderbilt University School of MedicineVanderbilt University School of NursingAnnette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL)
Hours
SundayClosed
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Bridgewater Speech & Hearing
(865) 512-6542
103 Suburban Rd Ste D
Knoxville, TN
Services
At Bridgewater Speech & Hearing, our goal is to help you or your loved one live life to its fullest. We all want to hear the beautiful sounds of nature, to clearly understand converstations, and to be able to communicate perfectly with those around us.Whether you are elderly and losing your hearing over time, or you have an infant who’s hearing ability concerns you, we are dedicated and able to help you to the best possible outcome.Diagnostic Hearing & Balance EvaluationsComprehensive Hear
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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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HEAR Services
(865) 730-4332
800 Oak Ridge Tpke Ste C101
Oak Ridge, TN
Services
* Diagnostic audiological evaluations for all ages * Immittance testing for analyzing middle ear status * Otoacoustic Emission testing to establish cochlear status * Newborn hearing screenings * Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) * Canalith Repositioning for the “dizzy” patient suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) * Hearing aid evaluations and fitting * Service and repair of most makes and models of hearing aids
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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Brentwood Hearing & Hearing Aid Center
(615) 247-5289
5544 Franklin Pike Ste 100
Nashville, TN
Services
Hearing assessment for all ages Hearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids including digital technology Counseling and rehabilitation for patients and their families Assistive listening devices for telephone, television, and public areas Swim molds, ear molds, and noise protectors
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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Mountain Empire Eye Physicians
(423) 217-4331
3185 W State St Ste 2010
Bristol, TN
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Greater Knoxville ENT
(865) 329-6098
7557-A Dannaher Way Ste 210
Powell, TN
Services
* Allergy drops * Conventional therapyEar * Audiology * Balance Disorders * Ear Infections * Tinnitus * Ear SurgeryHearing Aids * Hearing Loss * RingingNose * Nosebleeds * Sinus Disorders * Nasal ObstructionThroat * Throat Disorders * Voice Disorders * Swallowing Disorders * Salivary Glands * Tonsils & AdenoidsSleep Disorders * Sleep Apnea * Snoring * Pillar ImplantsCancer of the Head & Neck * Oral Cancer * Laryngeal Cancer * Skin
Hours
Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday01:30 PM - 03:30 PM ,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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