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Audiologist Portland ME

Local resource for audiolgists in Portland. 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.

Northeast Hearing & Speech Ctr
(207) 228-7048
75 West Commercial St Ste 205
Portland, ME
Services
Services Hearing Services• Screenings and evaluations for all ages• Follow-up assessment following hospital hearing screening of newborns• Hearing loss management/hearing conservation programs• Hearing aid dispensing and counseling• Assistive Listening Device evaluation and dispensing• Central Auditory Processing Disorder evaluation and intervention• Client counseling regarding assertive listening and coping strategies• Family and teacher counseling regard
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Demetri Antoniow, M.D.
(207) 228-9774
15 Sewall St
Portland, ME
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:45 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:45 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:45 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:45 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:45 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Marty Layne Associates
(207) 228-0138
23 Spring St Ste D
Scarborough, ME
Services
Diagnostic testing Assistive technologies Swim plugs Anesthesiology earmolds Audio productsHearing Loss Counseling Repairs Second opinions Physician consultation Family Education Hearing instrument cleaning
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Marty Layne Associates
(888) 771-0349
301 Main St
Saco, ME
Services
Diagnostic testingHearing Loss CounselingRepairsSecond opinionsPhysician consultationFamily EducationHearing instrument cleaning
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Northern Maine
(207) 760-4203
180 Academy St Ste 1
Presque Isle, ME
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Julius Damion, Md
(207) 228-2752
15 Sewall St
Portland, ME
Services
About Our Practice: Specialties/Medical Services: Dr. Damion is Board-Certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He provides medical and surgical treatment of sinusitis, stuffy nose, snoring, hoarseness, sore throat, ear infections, hearing loss, and other ear, nose, and throat disorders. Hearing testing and hearing aids are available.
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Maine Medical Partners
(207) 228-2747
1250 Forest Ave Ste 301
Portland, ME
Hours
SundayClosed
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Village Hearing Care
(207) 228-0049
347 Main St Ste 1A
Gorham, ME
Services
Why wait for tomorrow? Hear better today! · State-of the-Art Service with a Convenient Gorham Location · Complete Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations - Pediatric through Geriatric · Hearing Instrument Fitting, Professional Audiologic Programming and Follow up Care® Full Range of Hearing Aid Technologies from Basic to the Most Advanced Digital® 30-day Hearing Instrument Trial Period® Hearing Aid Batteries and Accessories ·
Hours
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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Village Hearing Care
(207) 228-0049
347 Main St Ste 1A
Gorham, ME
Services
Why wait for tomorrow? Hear better today! · State-of the-Art Service with a Convenient Gorham Location · Complete Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations - Pediatric through Geriatric · Hearing Instrument Fitting, Professional Audiologic Programming and Follow up Care® Full Range of Hearing Aid Technologies from Basic to the Most Advanced Digital® 30-day Hearing Instrument Trial Period® Hearing Aid Batteries and Accessories ·
Hours
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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Maine General Medical Center
(207) 430-3696
Audiology Dept. 6 E Chestnut St
Augusta, ME
Services
CounsellingOnce you have told us your problems and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements:•Which ear has a problem hearing?•Which style of hearing aid is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital?•Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automatically to any
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SundayClosed
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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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