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Audiologist North Little Rock AR

Local resource for audiolgists in North Little Rock. 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.

Arkansas Otolaryngology Center
(501) 588-8249
4901 Fairway Ave Ste C
North Little Rock, AR
Services
Arkansas Otolaryngology offers a full range of services for children and adults. We have 16 physicians and a staff of approximately 100. All of our physicians are board certified in otolaryngology. They specialize in ear, nose and throat, head and neck disorders and related problems. Our clinical staff includes licensed and experienced nurses, audiologists, radiological technologists, speech pathologists and a physical therapist. Our physicians have special areas of interest and expertise, inclu
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SundayClosed
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Arkansas Otolaryngology Center
(888) 486-0122
10201 Kanis Rd
Little Rock, AR
Services
Arkansas Otolaryngology offers a full range of services for children and adults. We have 16 physicians and a staff of approximately 100. All of our physicians are board certified in otolaryngology. They specialize in ear, nose and throat, head and neck disorders and related problems. Our clinical staff includes licensed and experienced nurses, audiologists, radiological technologists, speech pathologists and a physical therapist. Our physicians have special areas of interest and expertise, inclu
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 PM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Center For Hearing, Ltd.
(479) 689-4025
4300 Rogers Ave Ste 15
Fort Smith, AR
Services
A diagnostic hearing test identifies auditory disorders that could cause a health concern or interfere with your ability to communicate. Following your test, we’ll give you a complete report of the results along with our recommendations. A typical hearing evaluation consists of: Air and bone conduction testing Helps to determine if a problem with your inner, outer or middle ear is contributing to your hearing difficulties. Speech reception thresholds Discovers the quietest level of spee
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Lynne Raney AuD
(870) 639-4529
613 Thompson Ave
El Dorado, AR
Services
Hearing Testing for children and adults. Hearing aid sales and service.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Arkansas Otolaryngology Center
(501) 588-8249
4901 Fairway Ave Ste C
North Little Rock, AR
Services
Arkansas Otolaryngology offers a full range of services for children and adults. We have 16 physicians and a staff of approximately 100. All of our physicians are board certified in otolaryngology. They specialize in ear, nose and throat, head and neck disorders and related problems. Our clinical staff includes licensed and experienced nurses, audiologists, radiological technologists, speech pathologists and a physical therapist. Our physicians have special areas of interest and expertise, inclu
Hours
SundayClosed
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Arkansas Ear, Nose & Throat
(501) 588-8245
4020 Richards Rd Ste B
North Little Rock, AR
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Northwest Arkansas ENT Clinic
(479) 616-1798
5204 West Redbud Street
Rogers, AR
Services
Medical and Surgical Treatment of Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus and Neck DiseasesHearing Aid Evaluations & FittingsIndustrial Audiology
Hours
Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Arkansas Otolaryngology Center
(888) 486-0122
10201 Kanis Rd
Little Rock, AR
Services
Arkansas Otolaryngology offers a full range of services for children and adults. We have 16 physicians and a staff of approximately 100. All of our physicians are board certified in otolaryngology. They specialize in ear, nose and throat, head and neck disorders and related problems. Our clinical staff includes licensed and experienced nurses, audiologists, radiological technologists, speech pathologists and a physical therapist. Our physicians have special areas of interest and expertise, inclu
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 PM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Ear Nose Throat Center Of
(479) 202-4260
601 W Maple Ave Ste 213
Springdale, AR
Services
Ear, Nose, and Throat Center of the Ozarks is a full service otolaryngology-head and neck surgery clinic with expertise in treating both children and adults. Our clinic is equipped with modern video and endoscopic diagnostic instrumentation. We provide the most comprehensive range of audiology services in northwest Arkansas including hearing testing, hearing aid dispensing, cochlear implants (adults only), and vestibular (inner-ear balance) testing.Click here for information about our audiology
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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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Arkansas Ear, Nose & Throat
(501) 588-8245
4020 Richards Rd Ste B
North Little Rock, AR
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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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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