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Audiologist Madison AL

Local resource for audiolgists in Madison. 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.

North Alabama Audiology, Inc
(256) 274-4306
920 6th Ave SE
Decatur, AL
Services
* Hearing Loss Identification, assessment and treatment of hearing impairment. * Hearing Aids Fitting and orientation of hearing aids. * Assistive Living Devices (ALDs) Introduction of assistive devices such as telephone amplifiers, TV Ears, and alerting devices for the home. * Ear Molds Custom ear plugs for swimming and noise protection. * Hearing Aid Repairs Factory repairs on most makes and models of hearing devices.
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Earfinity
(888) 707-6249
201 Whitesport Dr SW
Huntsville, AL
Services
Getting an initial evaluation won''t cost a thing. You will have a screening audiometric evaluation which covers important areas not always evaluated in other screenings which will allow Earfinity to point you in the right direction.With discounts from the best hearing aid vendors you will have an opportunity to obtain the state of the art devices for very competitive prices. You will be told if a less expensive hearing aid will work just as well for you considering your type of hearing loss and
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Physicians Hearing Center
(256) 270-4706
2030 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE Ste 100A
Huntsville, AL
Services
•Comprehensive hearing evaluations for adults and children •Hearing aid sales to include several major brands of digital technology •Hearing aid service and repair •Custom noise plugs, swim molds, musician ear plugs, and earmolds •Assistive listening devices •Hearing aid batteries and accessories Included with every new hearing aid purchase•Free cleanings and adjustments •One year repair warranty standard (two year on several models) •First year loss
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Birmingham Speech & Hearing
(205) 413-8830
4 Office Park Circle Ste 301
Birmingham, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Center
(256) 270-4706
2030 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE Ste 100A
Huntsville, AL
Services
•Comprehensive hearing evaluations for adults and children •Hearing aid sales to include several major brands of digital technology •Hearing aid service and repair •Custom noise plugs, swim molds, musician ear plugs, and earmolds •Assistive listening devices •Hearing aid batteries and accessories Included with every new hearing aid purchase•Free cleanings and adjustments •One year repair warranty standard (two year on several models) •First year loss
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

North Alabama Ear Nose Throat
(256) 513-4711
927 Franklin St SE Ste 100
Huntsville, AL
Services
Hearing loss affects millions of people in the United States. Untreated hearing loss can be frustrating and isolating. According to a study by the National Council on Aging, people with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression and anxiety, and participate less in social activities than those wearing hearing aids. Reasons for resisting include people just need to speak more clearly, my hearing''s not bad enough, my friend doesn''t like her hearing aid, I don''t want people
Hours
SundayClosed ,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
Payment
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North Alabama Audiology
(256) 513-6788
117 Longwood Dr Sw Ste A
Huntsville, AL
Services
Hearing LossIdentification, assessment and treatment of hearing impairment.Hearing AidsFitting and orientation of hearing aids.Assistive Living Devices (ALDs)Introduction of assistive devices such as telephone amplifiers, TV Ears, and alerting devices for the home.Ear MoldsCustom ear plugs for swimming and noise protection.Hearing Aid RepairsFactory repairs on most makes and models of hearing devices.
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Speech & Hearing Center
(251) 295-9315
5721 USA Drive N Room 1119
Mobile, AL
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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Discovery Hearing Aid Co-Op
(251) 295-9340
4318 Downtowner Loop N Ste K
Mobile, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Earfinity
(888) 707-6249
201 Whitesport Dr SW
Huntsville, AL
Services
Getting an initial evaluation won''t cost a thing. You will have a screening audiometric evaluation which covers important areas not always evaluated in other screenings which will allow Earfinity to point you in the right direction.With discounts from the best hearing aid vendors you will have an opportunity to obtain the state of the art devices for very competitive prices. You will be told if a less expensive hearing aid will work just as well for you considering your type of hearing loss and
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

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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