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Audiologist Newport RI

Local resource for audiolgists in Newport. 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.

Ear Nose Medicine and Surgery Group
(401) 367-4419
850 Aquidneck Ave
Middletown, RI
Services
Our otolaryngologists can treat the full range of ear, nose and throat illnesses. Whether you have swimmers ear, a sore throat, trouble swallowing or hearing loss, our physicians will work with you to achieve your optimal health. Below is included a brief discussion of common ENT problems and how they are approached in our office. All evaluations begin with full discussion of history of the illness, consideration of pertinent past medical history and appropriate medical examination. We also work
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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 - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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University Otolaryngology
(401) 234-4062
1351 S County Trl Bldg 3
East Greenwich, RI
Services
Head and Neck Medicine & SurgeryNeurotology – Otology – Skull Base SurgeryTwo Board Certified Pediatric OtolaryngologistsEndoscopic Treatment of Sinus DiseaseHead and Neck Tumor & Cancer SurgeryAllergy Testing and TreatmentPhysical Therapy (Vestibular Rehabilitation)Center for Vestibular & Balance DisordersEvaluation and Treatment of Hearing LossComprehensive Hearing Aid ServicesOn site CT Scan in our Dudley Street LocationFlexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Tes
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SundayClosed
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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
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SundayClosed
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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
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SundayClosed
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Northeast Ear Nose & Throat
(866) 807-0427
299 Founce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA
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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
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South County Hearing Services
(401) 566-4506
360 Kingstown Rd Ste 201
Narragansett, RI
Services
There are many different hearing instruments available. The two major components to consider is the style (the way it looks on your ear) and the technology (they way it works or sounds). At South County Hearing we believe the technology a patient should wear has mainly to do with their life style. If a patient has a more active life style and finds themselves in a variety of listening situations then they should consider purchasing devices that are as high in technology as they are comfortable a
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Sargent Rehab Center
(401) 234-4316
800 Quaker Ln
East Greenwich, RI
Services
Sargent offers services to children and adults through its Pediatric Program, Neuro Rehabilitation (Brain Injury) Program, and Hearing Center (Audiology).
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SundayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Solutions
(401) 227-1050
3520 Post Rd
Warwick, RI
Services
Our Services Our professional background and expertise help care for the entire ear from a medical, surgical and hearing instrument perspective. Below you will find a list of services which we can provide. Hearing Aid Services •Hearing Aid evaluation, selection and service with competitive hearing aid pricing including a 30-day money back period. •Offering the latest in digital hearing aid technologies from a wide variety of manufacturers. •Full service hearing aid maintenance a
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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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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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
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Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Personal Hearing Systems
(401) 305-2017
1468 Park Ave
Cranston, RI
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,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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