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Audiologist Mankato MN

Local resource for audiolgists in Mankato. 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.

Mayo Clinic Health Sys-Mankato
(507) 201-4763
1025 Marsh St Po Box 8673
Mankato, MN
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Paparella Ear, Head
(877) 467-9305
701 25th Ave S Ste 200
Minneapolis, MN
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River Valley Hearing Care Ctr
(888) 484-6849
1830 Commerce Dr
North Mankato, MN
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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 ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Fairmont Medical Center
(507) 399-0041
800 Medical Center Dr
Fairmont, MN
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Services & Specialties at Fairmont Medical CenterFairmont Medical Center''s physicians and allied health staff provide a full range of family care and many specialty and subspecialty healthcare services for patients in the Fairmont, Minnesota, and Armstrong, Iowa, area. To learn more about our services and specialties, select an option from the list below:AcupunctureAllergyAnesthesiologyAudiologyBalance ClinicBirthPlaceCardiac RehabilitationCardiologyDEXA ScanDiabetes EducationDietitian Services
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The Hearing Clinic Of St Cloud
(320) 281-4571
1528 Northway Dr
Saint Cloud, MN
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Ear ServicesThere can be many different ear-related problems which range from the simple earwax buildup to the more complex tumors. Our board certified ear, nose & throat specialists can diagnose and develop an appropriate treatment plan for you. Possible ear problems and treatments.The nose and sinuses are complex structures which have many functions. Problems with these can greatly affect quality of life and may become a serious concern. Our physicians are experienced with problems and tre
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River Valley Hearing Care Ctr
(888) 484-6849
1830 Commerce Dr
North Mankato, MN
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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 ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Minnesota Hearing Aid Prof.
(763) 515-7850
9550 Upland Ln N Suite 200 Grove Health Bldg.
Maple Grove, MN
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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 ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Minneapolis Otolaryngology
(952) 236-4782
625 E Nicollet Blvd Ste 204
Burnsville, MN
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Allina Medical Hastings
(651) 304-6574
1210 1st St W
Hastings, MN
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Addiction treatmentAdjustable gastric band surgeryAdolescent health / PediatricsAdolescent psychiatryAdolescent psychologyAdvanced and chronic illnessAdvanced illnessAfter hours care / Urgent care / Emergency room (ER)Alcohol / Drug abuse treatmentAllergies / ImmunologyAlternative medicineAnesthesia / AnesthesiologyAneurysm / Vascular diseaseAngiogramAngioplasty Annual exams / Physicals / General careAnxiety inventoryArthritis / RheumatologyAssessment and referral / Crisis interventionAudiology
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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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Health Partners
(651) 323-2067
2500 Como Ave Fl 2
Saint Paul, MN
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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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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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