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Audiologist La Plata MD

Local resource for audiolgists in La Plata. 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.

Hearing Professionals Inc
(301) 710-5804
3460 Old Washington Rd Ste 203
Waldorf, MD
Services
Amplified Telephones, TV Ears, Alarm Clocks with Shakers, Pocket Talkers, Doorbell Signalers, Smoke detectors
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Payment
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Advanced Hearing Lorton Office
(703) 436-2686
8986 Lorton Station Blvd Ste 201
Lorton, VA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALD''s) DemonstrationsAural RehabilitationComprehensive Audiological TestingHearing aid AccessoriesHearing Aid Checks/CleaningsHearing Aid ConsultationsHearing Aid Repairs/RemakesHearing Protection DevicesHigh Frequency AudiometryTo monitor ototoxicityImmittance TestingOtoacoustic EmissionsWe accept most major insurance companies.
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Commonwealth Audiology (and Commonwealth ENT)
(703) 878-0777
2280 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Specialty
Diagnostic Audiology, Hearing Aid Fittings, General ENT, facial plastic surgery, allergy testing, sleep studies.
Gender
female audiologist, male ENT physician
Education
doctoral degree, M.D.
Associated Hospitals
Potomac Hospital, Fairfax Hospital
Professional Memberships
AAA, ASHA, AAOHNS, AASM

Red Hat Audiology
(301) 476-1713
3836 International Dr Leisure World Plaza
Silver Spring, MD
Services
Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations, Tinnitus Evaluations and Treatment,The Latest Digital Hearing Aid Technology, Custom Musician and Noise Protection Earplugs, Assistive Listening Devices, Hearing Aid Accessories and More
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Chesapeake Ear Nose & Throat
(410) 970-6049
23 Crossroads Dr Ste 400
Owings Mills, MD
Services
Chesapeake Ear Nose & Throat - Services: General Ear, Nose, and Throat Problems: We offer medical and surgical management of conditions that are unresponsive to standard medical treatments, including chronic infections of the ear, nose, throat and sinuses. Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat Problems: Chronic ear, sinus, and throat infections are common problems among children that may require surgical intervention. As experts in pediatric otolaryngology, our doctors understand the unique concerns t
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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Massa and Associates
(703) 436-2688
2616 Sherwood Hall Ln Ste 408
Alexandria, VA
Services
Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationHearing Device Fitting and ServiceOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)-Neonatal hearing screeningAuditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Electrocochleography (ECoG)Videonystagmography (VNG)Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
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
Payment
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Massa and Associates
(703) 436-2767
6355 Walker Ln Ste 411
Alexandria, VA
Services
Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationHearing Device Fittings and ServicesOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)-Neonatal hearing screeningAuditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Electrocochleography (ECoG)Videonystagmography (VNG)Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
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
Payment
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Gerald Reed MD
(301) 703-9067
27 W 7th St
Frederick, MD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Dr. Gehris, Jordan &
(410) 698-6168
7505 Osler Drive Ste 204
Baltimore, MD
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Sound Advice Hearing Aid Centers
(410) 713-4548
1118 E Main St
Salisbury, MD
Services
We offer these services to all our patients: The only practice on the Eastern Shore to offer Live Speech Mapping (scientific fitting verification) Free hearing evaluations for adults; Comprehensive hearing aid fittings; adjustments; 30 day trial period; Hearing aid repair; programming; Assistive listening devices; Access to the most technologically advanced instruments available
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,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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