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Audiologist Naples FL

Local resource for audiolgists in Naples. 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.

A Better Hearing Inc
(239) 249-3032
1829 Tamiami Trail N
Naples, FL
Hours
Sunday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,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 ,Saturday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Dr. Mark Montgomery, MD, FACS
(239) 494-4197
9240 Bonita Beach Rd Ste 1106
Bonita Springs, FL
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 - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Brandon Hearing Centers Inc
(813) 793-7759
205 E Brandon Blvd Ste C
Brandon, FL
Services
Complete Hearing Health Care. Testing, hearing aids,ear molds, and assisted devices.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Vero ENT Associates LLC
(772) 617-0763
1325 36th St Ste A
Vero Beach, FL
Services
Information About Our Audiological ServicesHearing TestingSpecialized equipment is used to obtain accurate results about hearing loss. All tests are conducted in a sound treated room with calibrated equipment.Hearing AidsComplete hearing aid services are provided to patients with hearing problems. Advanced computerized procedures are used to individualize the fitting of hearing aids. Hearing aid options are discussed based on the results of complete hearing testing and the individual needs of ea
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing and Balance Associates of NW Florida
(850) 364-4156
1818 Miccosukee Commons Dr
Tallahassee, FL
Services
Comprehensive hearing evaluations of all ages, hearing aid fittings (most manufacturers), onsite repair lab, free hearing aid demos, minimum 30 day trial on all hearing aids. Comprehensive balance and dizziness assessment - onsite board certified Neurologist and physical therapy.
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 - 02:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing In Paradise Inc
(239) 206-3971
5600 Trail Blvd Ste 16
Naples, FL
Services
Professional ServiceOutside services include Assisted and Independent living facilities and in home care by appointment.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hoglund Family Hearing & Audiology
(239) 498-7142
Fifteen 8th Street, Ste B
Bonita Springs, FL
Specialty
Tinnitus Treatment, Hearing Aids
Gender
Male
Education
M.A., CCC-A
Professional Memberships
ASHA, ADA, IHS, FSHHP

Earcare PA
(321) 622-2284
7777 N Wickham Rd Ste 21
Melbourne, FL
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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Aarons Hearing Aid And Audio
(772) 617-0753
684 21st St Miracle Mile Plaza
Vero Beach, FL
Services
Our expert staff of Audigy Certified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance to OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Your Hearing Now, Inc at Paulson
(941) 623-9135
18245 Paulson Dr Ste 118
Port Charlotte, FL
Services
Your Hearing Now’s mission is to enhance the quality of life by improving and changing the lives of hearing impaired individuals through diagnostic and rehabilitative means. Our focus is on education, early detection, and treatment of hearing loss in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Our goal is to make hearing healthcare affordable and convenient to those who are seeking help.Your Hearing Now offers world class hearing instrument solutions and services all makes and models of instruments.
Hours
Sunday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,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 ,Saturday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM 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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