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Audiologist Peoria IL

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Morton Audiology
(309) 938-4192
636 W Jefferson St Ste 3A
Morton, IL
Services
Complete diagnostic hearing evaluationsCounselingHearing aid fitting/follow-upHearing aid repairCentral Auditory Processing EvaluationsIndustrial Hearing Conservation
Hours
SundayClosed
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Steinwart Audiology & Speech
(630) 608-4576
1411 S Bridge St
Yorkville, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Northern Illinois ENT
(815) 825-4037
2535 Bethany Rd Ste 200
Sycamore, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Loyola Center For Health
(708) 390-0279
15750 Marian Dr
Homer Glen, IL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audio Laboratory Limited
(847) 929-9229
4905 Old Orchard Ctr Professional Bldg Ste 630
Skokie, IL
Services
We supply thousands of ICs and transiors to the repair market.TA2020-020, BUH517, 2SC5885, STRG9626, LA7838, 2SC4927, 2SD2578, 2SC5148, 2SC4834, STRM6811A, CXA1477AS, 2SD1556, 2SD1885, STK392-110 and more...
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Loyola Primary Care Center
(630) 225-7023
140 E Loop Rd
Wheaton, IL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing & Balance Center, P.C.
(877) 762-8153
233 E Erie St Ste 500
Chicago, IL
Services
Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsChoosing The Right Hearing AidPediatric Audiology & Auditory Processing EvaluationsTympanometryLive Speech MappingTinnitus Evaluation and ManagementVNG/ENG ExaminationsVestibular (Balance) AssessmentsABR ExaminationsAssistive Listening Devices (ALDs): FM SystemsCochlear Implant
Hours
SundayClosed
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Susan Rogan Hearing Inc.
(630) 487-5130
319 W Ogden Ave
Westmont, IL
Services
HEARING INSTRUMENT SERVICES• Customized and prescription hearing aid fittings• Digital and programmable hearing aid programming• Computerized analysis of all hearing devices• On site and factory hearing instrument repairs (all makes)• Assistive listening devices:Hearing Instrument ServicesAssistive listening devices• Phone and TV amplifiers• Telephone and Doorbell alerting Systems• TDDs and accessories• Bluetooth Cell Phone Ear Sets• Customized e
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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Easter Seals DuPage & the Fox Valley Region
(847) 915-4626
799 S McLean Blvd
Elgin, IL
Services
Comprehensive audiology services have been provided since 1981 at this location. These services include hearing screening, testing and hearing aid fitting/follow-up and repair. Services are for newborns through seniors. Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Barrington Hearing Center
(847) 348-8069
1525 S Grove Ave
Barrington, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 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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