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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
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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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Wisconsin Hearing Service
(920) 367-0557
1566 W Mason St Ste 2
Green Bay, WI
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Hearing AidsHearing instruments are available from several manufacturers. We will match technology to your needs and lifestyle, as well as your budget. We believe in providing the latest technology with the greatest of personalized care - this includes walking you through the adjustment period and providing you with education regarding hearing aid use and care. Aural Rehabilitation and auditory training are also part of the process that allows you to get the best use of your hearing and your hea
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Beloit Memorial Hospital Inc.
(608) 713-4266
1969 W Hart Rd
Beloit, WI
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Whether your loved one needs dialysis, joint replacement, or counseling for depression, Beloit Health System is here for you. We offer comprehensive medical programs for you and your family. * Ambulatory Care or Outpatient Surgery * At-Home Healthcare * Audiology * Birth Refresher Class * Breastfeeding Class * Cancer Care Center * Cardiac Rehab * Cardiology * Community Links * Counseling Care Center * Counseling Care Center: Alcohol and Drug Addictions * Coun
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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
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* 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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Aurora Medical Group Inc
(262) 584-6126
8348 Washington Avenue
Racine, WI
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If you need a Wisconsin pharmacy, we are conveniently located in neighborhoods, clinics, hospitals and many local supermarkets. Many of our locations are full service drug stores carrying the health care solutions you need every day, like vitamins, pain relief, cough/cold remedies, home medical supplies and more.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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ENT Associates
(888) 441-1251
2350 N Lake Dr Ste 406
Milwaukee, WI
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When surgery is required, our physicians use state-of-the-art surgical procedures. In fact, they were among the first physicians in South Texas to introduce the benefits of endoscopic sinus surgery to relieve chronic sinus problems. An outpatient procedure, it is an alternative to traditional sinus surgery which results in less pain and faster recovery.The physicians at Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi were also among the first in the Southwest to be specially trained in a breakt
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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St. Croix Hearing Center
(888) 703-8545
208 S Adams St
Saint Croix Falls, WI
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Comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid dispensing and service.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 AM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 AM by Appointment ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 AM by Appointment ,FridayClosed ,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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