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Audiologist Olympia WA

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Audiology/Hear Center
(360) 464-4178
700 Lilly Rd NE
Olympia, WA
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SundayClosed
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Harbor Audiology & Hearing
(253) 777-0922
1901 S 72nd St Ste A14
Tacoma, WA
Services
No charge for hearing aid consults with valid audiogramsAll hearing instruments are fitted on a 30-day initial basisGuaranteed successful fittingsAccess to the most technologically advanced instruments availableIn-house and manufacturer modifications and repairsOffice visits included throughout warranty period of the instrumentComplete Hearing Health Care:Batteries provided for the life of your hearing instrumentsQuarterly cleanings and adjustmentsYearly audiometric screeningsYearly hearing inst
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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 - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology/Hear Center
(425) 502-5004
11511 NE 10th St
Bellevue, WA
Services
Group Health Cooperative, together with its subsidiary Group Health Options, Inc., operates in all or parts of 20 counties in Washington and two counties in North Idaho. In Washington, Group Health Cooperative offers coordinated-care plans for both groups and individuals; Clear Care®, our Medicare Advantage plans; and plans for residents who qualify for Healthy Options (Medicaid), Basic Health, and the State Children''s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP).Care is provided by Group Health Permanent
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Puget Sound Hearing & Balance
(206) 607-8656
9714 3rd Ave NE Ste 100
Seattle, WA
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Kitsap Audiology
(360) 362-4403
2601 Cherry Ave Ste 211
Bremerton, WA
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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 - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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South Sound Audiology
(360) 464-2498
420 Lilly Rd NE Ste 102
Olympia, WA
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance with OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss
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Evergreen Audiology Clinic
(360) 450-6160
16209 SE McGillivray Blvd Ste M
Vancouver, WA
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Audiosense Hearing LLC
(425) 336-4093
10573 SE Carr Road
Renton, WA
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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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Island Family Hearing Clinic
(888) 451-8981
1690 Layton Rd
Freeland, WA
Services
60-day Money Back Guarantee With Every Hearing Aid Purchase, Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations, Free Hearing Aid Cleanings and Checks, Free Hearing Aid Consultation,Full Range of Hearing Aid Technologies Available, Hearing Aid Options Available for All Hearing Needs and Budget Considerations, Hearing Aid Sales and Service, Most Insurances and Credit Cards Accepted
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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West Coast Hearing Clinic
(360) 637-4039
1812 Sumner Ave Ste C
Aberdeen, WA
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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 - 01:00 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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