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Audiologist New York NY

Local resource for audiolgists in New York. 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.

William Shapiro MA
(888) 860-5843
530 1st Ave Ste 3-E
New York, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,Tuesday12:30 PM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,Thursday12:30 PM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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Park Avenue Acoustics
(888) 905-6476
274 Madison Ave Ste 1203
New York, NY
Services
Monday through Friday.
Hours
SundayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Better Hearing Associates
(888) 439-0295
45 E 72nd St
New York, NY
Services
hearing loss prevention and treatmenttreatment of tinnitus
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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Audio Help Hearing Centers (Formerly at St. Vincent''s Hospital)
(888) 678-7409
314 W 14th St Floor 2
New York, NY
Services
The hearing and balance organs are highly complex structures and there are many potential causes for one or both to function abnormally. Audio Help Hearing Centers provides a full range of audiology services customized to your individual needs. Our hearing experts have the knowledge and technologies to help prevent, diagnose and rehabilitate hearing loss or dizziness that is not medically-treatable. In many cases, our professionals work collaboratively with your primary care provider, otolaryngo
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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Audionics
(888) 902-0396
515 Madison Ave Rm 2302
New York, NY
Services
Audionics has been providing the highest quality hearing and hearing aid care to New Yorkers for over 50 years. Our mature, licensed and certified audiology staff provides the most up-to-date technology and experience with complex hearing problems, as well as personalized hearing care.We serve adults, infants and children, providing a full range of hearing care and hearing aid services in a relaxed, caring atmosphere at convenient neighborhood locations.
Hours
SundayClosed
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MCEM
(646) 217-4760
161 Madison Ave Rm 10SW
New York, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Andrew Resnick, Au.D., LLC
(888) 480-6438
133 E 58th St Ste 411
New York, NY
Services
• Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations for adults and children• Hearing Aid Dispensing The latest technology from allmajor manufacturers• Hearing Aid Repairs and Servicing All makes and models • Otoacoustic Emissions Testing Specialized testing of the integrity of the inner ear• Central Auditory Processing Evaluations Test battery for adults and children (over age 7) with significant listening difficulties despite normal hearing sensitivity• LACE Auditory Training A ho
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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AUDIOLOGY SERVICES
(888) 476-7749
235 E 57th St
New York, NY
Services
Diagnostic hearing evaluations and balance tests. Hearing aid counseling and hearing aid fitting. Supplies for hearing aid maintanance and assistive listening devices. We are here to help you hear better. Please call us and we will answer all your questions.
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audio Help Hearing Centers
(888) 559-4093
186 East 76th Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY
Services
The hearing and balance organs are highly complex structures and there are many potential causes for one or both to function abnormally. Audio Help Hearing Centers provides a full range of audiology services customized to your individual needs. Our hearing experts have the knowledge and technologies to help prevent, diagnose and rehabilitate hearing loss or dizziness that is not medically-treatable. In many cases, our professionals work collaboratively with your primary care provider, otolaryngo
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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New York Eye And Ear Infirmary
(888) 471-8163
310 East 14th Street Hearing Aid Dept.
New York, NY
Services
Our Major SpecialtiesOphthalmology (eye)Otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat)Plastic & Reconstructive SurgeryOther Medical ServicesAllergy & ImmunologyMedical PhotographyPain ManagementPathology & Laboratory MedicinePharmacyRadiologySleep CenterPatient Care ServicesNursingSocial WorkSupport GroupsNon-Medical DepartmentsAlumni AssociationContinuing Medical EducationDevelopmentHuman ResourcesMedical AffairsMedical RecordsVolunteer Services
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SundayClosed
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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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