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Audiologist Lewiston ME

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Central Maine Audiology
(888) 407-9839
475 Pleasant Street Suite 11
Lewiston, ME
Services
Central Maine Audiology is the premier audiology and hearing aid provider in Central Maine. Formerly H.E.A.R., Inc., we provide diagnostic hearing evaluations and hearing aid services, specializing in digital technology.
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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Great Scott Audiology, PA
(207) 504-5157
331 Maine St Ste 4A
Brunswick, ME
Services
Services include: hearing evaluations, site of lesion testing, immittance measures, hearing aid evaluation, repair and adjustments and central auditory processing testing
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Maine General Medical Center
(207) 430-3697
30 Chase Ave F. T. Hill Center
Waterville, ME
Services
* Emergency and critical care * A full range of inpatient and outpatient surgery * Diagnostic services * Substance abuse and mental health services * Cancer care * Maternity services and newborn and child health programs
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Solutions, PA
(888) 439-9130
147 Northport Ave
Belfast, ME
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Marty Layne Associates
(888) 771-0349
301 Main St
Saco, ME
Services
Diagnostic testingHearing Loss CounselingRepairsSecond opinionsPhysician consultationFamily EducationHearing instrument cleaning
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Healthcare Assoc. Inc.
(207) 228-6728
44 Elm St
Topsham, ME
Hours
SundayClosed
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Marty Layne Associates
(207) 228-0138
23 Spring St Ste D
Scarborough, ME
Services
Diagnostic testing Assistive technologies Swim plugs Anesthesiology earmolds Audio productsHearing Loss Counseling Repairs Second opinions Physician consultation Family Education Hearing instrument cleaning
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Marty Layne Associates
(866) 697-7929
2 Livewell Dr Ste 203
Kennebunk, ME
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Central Maine Audiology
(888) 407-9839
475 Pleasant Street Suite 11
Lewiston, ME
Services
Central Maine Audiology is the premier audiology and hearing aid provider in Central Maine. Formerly H.E.A.R., Inc., we provide diagnostic hearing evaluations and hearing aid services, specializing in digital technology.
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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Affiliated Pharmacy Service
(207) 561-6216
431 State St PO Box 1779
Bangor, ME
Services
General Pharmacy Services
Hours
Sunday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Monday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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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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