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Audiologist Madison WI

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.

Dean Health - Madison
(608) 467-1969
1313 Fish Hatchery Rd
Madison, WI
Hours
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Dean East Clinic Audiology
(608) 338-1540
1821 S Stoughton Rd
Madison, WI
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Dean Health - Sun Prairie
(608) 318-4301
10 Tower Dr
Sun Prairie, WI
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Milwaukee Ear Nose Throat Clinic LTD
(262) 293-2149
10945 N Port Washington Rd Suite 211
Mequon, WI
Services
Assessment, Diagnostic and Treatment of Hearing Loss. We use several major manufacturer''s to meet all of your listening needs and budgets. Otology (ear disease)Pediatric and adult hearing assessment, medical and surgical treatment of ear disease. Evaluation and treatment of balance disorders.Rhinology (nose and sinus disease)Laryngology (throat and voice disease)Facial Plastic surgery
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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Aurora Elkhorn
(262) 607-8118
20 N Church St
Elkhorn, WI
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 ,SaturdayClosed
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University Of WI Madison
(608) 433-0014
1975 Willow Dr
Madison, WI
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Dean Health-West
(608) 338-1466
752 N High Point Rd
Madison, WI
Services
* Adolescent Medicine (see Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine) * Aesthetic Surgery Center * Aesthetic Surgery Center (see Plastic Surgery) * Allergy & Immunology * Anesthesiology * Arthritis (see Rheumatology) * Audiology * Autoimmune Issues & Concerns (see Allergy & Immunology) * Auto-immune Issues & Concerns (see Rheumatology)
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology & Hearing Services
(920) 486-4170
2245 S Oneida St
Appleton, WI
Services
Hearing aid evaluation and consultation
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Aurora Advanced
(262) 293-2150
N 84W 16889 Menomonee Ave
Menomonee Falls, WI
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Affinity Medical Group
(920) 486-4172
1501 S Madison St
Appleton, WI
Services
Hearing is one of our most important senses, because it helps us communicate with the world around us. Hearing problems and balance disorders can negatively impact your quality of life, but Affinity Health System wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. Affinity’s Audiology department has locations in Oshkosh, Neenah and Appleton, so expert hearing care is right in your neighborhood.Areas of CareAffinity’s Audiology department cares for many types of hearing, balance and ear disorders, including:
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday07:00 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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