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Audiologist New Bedford MA

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Coastal Hearing Care
(508) 938-1604
383 Rockdale Ave
New Bedford, MA
Services
Free hearing tests, as well as free cleanings of all hearing aids regardless of where purchased. Also custom earmolds and swimplugs made. We also handle factory repairs on most brands of hearing aids. Digital hearing aids purchased elsewhere can be reprogrammed for a small fee.
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Insurance

Truesdale Audiology Associates
(508) 669-3706
1030 President Ave Rm 124
Fall River, MA
Services
Our Clinic featuresExtensive medical services are provided at the Truesdale Clinic. Below is a list of medical and surgical specialties represented throughout our Clinic. Appointments should be made directly with each physician or service. For general information, the Truesdale Clinic maintains a business office which is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. daily. Please contact us for more info.Cardiology:Truesdale Cardiology AssociatesPeter S. Cohn, M.D., F.A.C.C.David J. Farber, M.D., F.A.C.C.Pet
Hours
Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Payment
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Southcoast Hospitals
(508) 669-3693
283 Pleasant St
Fall River, MA
Services
Southcoast Health System was formed in 1996 from the merged entity of St. Luke''s Health Care System in New Bedford, Mass., Charlton Health System in Fall River, Mass., and Tobey Health Systems in Wareham, Mass.Southcoast has a total of 41 ancillary facilities throughout the South Coast region. In addition to its three community hospitals, Southcoast Health System also includes an assisted living facility, home health care and hospice, a wellness center and numerous outpatient medical services.S
Hours
SundayClosed
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Linda Arectos, MS, CCCA
(508) 444-8084
346 Gifford St
Falmouth, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Morton Hospital
(508) 802-4179
2007 Bay St Speech Hearing Language Ctr.
Taunton, MA
Services
Our programs and services include:Adult Health Clinic for the Uninsured Breast Care CenterBreastfeeding (Lactation) Services Cancer CareCardiac Diagnostic ServicesDay Surgery CenterDiabetes ServicesElder Behavioral Health Services Program 24- Hour Emergency Department: including ExpressMed service for the treatment of non-urgent illnesses and injuries First Impressions Maternity CenterGift ShopHIV Client Services ProgramHyperbaric Oxygen TherapyLaboratoryMental Health and Subs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Northeast Ear Nose & Throat
(866) 807-0427
299 Founce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Mass Audiology And Hearing &
(508) 689-7624
514 Hanover St
Fall River, MA
Services
Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing instruments are the largest models and can house a variety of circuit options and amplify sounds to a greater degree than most custom models. BTEs rest behind the ear and sound is sent to the ear canal via the earmold and clear plastic tubing molded to fit comfortably in the outer ear area
Hours
SundayClosed
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Simply Hearing
(508) 444-8085
533 Palmer Ave
Falmouth, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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David Gager, MS CCC-A FAA
(508) 444-8087
200A Jones Rd
Falmouth, MA
Services
We provide the full range of services for treatment of Ear, Nose and Throat conditions in adults and children. * Problems with ears, such as infections, pain, hearing problems, deformities * Problems with the nose, such as blockage, drainage, sinus infections, pain, injuries, appearance issues * Read about our recommended treatment for snoring * Swallowing and voice problems * Facial Plastic Surgery: offering minimally invasive techniques along with more traditional methods for im
Hours
SundayClosed
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Duncan Hearing Healthcare
(508) 644-8653
1822 North Main Street
Fall River, MA
Specialty
Audiologist
Gender
Female

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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