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Audiologist Mesa AZ

Local resource for audiolgists in Mesa. 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.

Tri-City Audiology, LLC
(480) 374-8986
6550 E Broadway Rd Ste 206
Mesa, AZ
Services
Comprehensive audiological assessment. Testing for all ages availsble. Impedance testing to assess middle ear function. Acoustic reflex measures. Cerumen management. Speech-in-noise testing. Hearing instrument evaluations and dispensing. Minor in-office repairs. Bluetooth connectivity with hearing instruments. Otoacoustic emission testing to assess outer hair cell integrity. Tinnitus and hyperacusis consultations, evaluations, and management programs including Tinnitus retraining Therapy (TRT)
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Desert Hearing Care
(480) 374-5591
4448 E Main St Ste 6
Mesa, AZ
Services
Audiological Services:Complete Hearing EvaluationsAudiometry - pure tone air & boneSpeech audiometry and speech in noise testingVideo Otoscopic Exams & Cerumen RemovalTympanometry - middle ear evaluations & medical referralsReal Ear MeasurementsHearing Instruments - All Major Brands, Styles and Technologies in All Price RangesVerification of Optimum Hearing CorrectionExclusive Peace Of Mind service planDigital Listening DemonstrationsAssistive Listening Devices - telephones, FM systems, TV Ears,
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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Tri-City Audiology
(888) 690-1469
595 N Dobson Rd Ste D79
Chandler, AZ
Services
* Basic audiological assessment * Impedance testing for middle ear function * Hearing aid evaluations and dispensing * Oto-Acoustic Emissions * Evaluation and treatment for Tinnitus * Site-of-lesion testing for hearing loss * Earmolds for noise and water protection * Assistive listening devices (FM, IR, loops) * Hearing aid batteries and accessories * Individual hearing conservation consultations * Speaker''s bureau for organizations * Training for health assista
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Solutions Of Arizona
(480) 422-9580
2501 E Southern Ave Ste 21
Tempe, AZ
Hours
SundayClosed
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Scottsdale Hearing Center
(480) 374-8520
7331 E Osborn Dr Ste 245
Scottsdale, AZ
Services
hearing testing, hearing aids, custom ear protection, TV amplifying devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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East Valley Hearing Center, Inc.
(480) 374-5131
6262 E Broadway Rd Ste 103
Mesa, AZ
Services
Our "Individual Profile" determines whether your hearing impairment is natural or requires medical attention. An audiologist can determine the type of hearing loss and recommend the best approach to improving your hearing if amplification is appropriate. If a medical evaluation is required, we will refer you to your family physician or ear specialist, as needed. We work closely with most physicians in the East Valley. East Valley Hearing Center is a diagnostic and treatment facility that offers
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Arizona Otolaryngology
(480) 374-8273
1520 S Dobson Rd Ste 305
Mesa, AZ
Hours
SundayClosed
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Arizona Hearing and Balance
(480) 374-8105
225 S. Dobson Road
Chandler, AZ
Services
Acoustic Neuroma Tumors of the Skull Base Tumors of the Ear Chronic Ear Disease Facial Nerve Disorders Hearing Loss Balance Disorders Ménière’s Disease Cochlear Implants Otosclerosis Noise-induced Hearing Loss
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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Tri City Audiology LLC
(888) 466-7302
2034 E Southern Ave Ste I
Tempe, AZ
Services
* Basic audiological assessment * Impedance testing for middle ear function * Hearing aid evaluations and dispensing * Oto-Acoustic Emissions * Evaluation and treatment for Tinnitus * Site-of-lesion testing for hearing loss * Earmolds for noise and water protection * Assistive listening devices (FM, IR, loops) * Hearing aid batteries and accessories * Individual hearing conservation consultations * Speaker''s bureau for organizations * Training for health assista
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Harper Hearing Services
(888) 897-0586
1007 E Warner Rd Ste 105
Tempe, AZ
Services
Audiological AssessmentsHearing AidsRepairsCustom Earmolds and Protective EarplugsAssistive Listening and Alerting DevicesBatteries and Hearing Aid AccessoriesAural Rehabilitation and Education
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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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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