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Audiologist Oakland CA

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Berkeley Hearing Center
(510) 292-4351
2118 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
Services
Hearing Screenings offer a quick way to determine if your hearing thresholds are within the normal range, and if more in-depth testing is needed.Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations provide a more comprehensive assessment of your hearing thresholds and speech understanding ability, as well as the overall status of the auditory system. Hearing Aid Consultations allow a personalized selection of the type of amplification that best suits your needs, based upon your hearing thresholds, listening environme
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Golden Gate Hearing Services
(415) 691-4957
1400 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA
Services
Diagnostic Audiometric evaluations, Hearing aid evaluations, custom earplugs, monitors, swim plugs.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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CSG Better Hearing, Inc.
(925) 478-3927
31 Panoramic Way First Floor
Walnut Creek, CA
Hours
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Audiological Services of San Francisco
(415) 691-4958
3150 California St Ste 1
San Francisco, CA
Services
1. Audiological EvaluationThis consists of a number of tasks (pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry and impedance testing) performed in a sound-proof room, designed to determine which sounds of speech you can hear and how well you can distinguish differences between similar words such as tips, pits, fits, thin. Impedance measures the integrity of the middle ear system to determine how well the eardrum functions, to check if there is fluid behind the eardrum or to determine if there might be ot
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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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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San Francisco Audiology
(415) 418-7308
2100 Webster St Ste 202
San Francisco, CA
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SundayClosed
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Hearing & Low Vision Solutions
(415) 508-4751
2480 Mission St Ste 101
San Francisco, CA
Services
Hearing tests.Sales,service & repairs on most major brands. Assistive listening devices, batteries. Se Habla Espanol.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Jeanette White Hearing Aid Center
(415) 691-6386
490 Post St Ste 526
San Francisco, CA
Services
Hearing instrument sales. Hearing testing. Repairing hearing instruments. Servicing of hearing instruments. Hearing instrument analysis to confirm correct fitting. We do custom earmold for swim plug, musician, law enforcement and news anchor.
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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East Bay Hearing Service
(510) 342-3845
1260 A St Ste 100
Hayward, CA
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Musicians Hearing Services
(415) 418-7354
2220 15th St
San Francisco, CA
Services
AUDIOLOGIC SERVICESHearing EvaluationEar ImpressionsIn-Ear Monitor ConsultationIn-ear Sound Level Measurement/Recommendations for safe in-ear monitor use Referral for medical follow-up, oto-acoustic emissions testing, high frequency audiometry, tinnitus management, hearing aids Mobile/On-Site services: All non-referral audiology services are available on-site at rehearsal spaces, recording studios and music venues.
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Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California
(415) 691-6307
1234 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA
Services
Adult hearing testing (audiogram, speech reception and word recognition testing).Pediatric audiologic testing (evaluation of children of all ages including any or all of the following special procedures auditory evoked potentials, otoacoustic emissions, visual reinforcement audiometry, and conditioned play audiometry).Imittance measures (assessment of middle ear system and acoustic reflexes).Otoacoustic emission (transient and distortion-based techniques to investigate cochlear function).Auditor
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,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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