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Audiologist Portland OR

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.

Pacific Audiology Clinic
(888) 660-4148
5331 SW Macadam Ave Ste 395
Portland, OR
Services
We provide services such as hearing screenings, cleanings, minor repairs, otoscopic examinations and cerumen removal. This service allows the residents to receive this free service in the comfort of their own homes.
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Portland Ear Testing Center
(503) 928-5731
921 NW 18th Ave
Portland, OR
Services
Digital Hearing DevicesEar MoldsCustomized Hearing AidsEar ImplantsCutting-Edge Testing Procedures We Offer Brand Names Such As Widex™Since 1978, clients from all over Portland and beyond have trusted Portland Ear Testing Center to pinpoint their hearing level of difficulty. Our certified and licensed audiologists will answer any question you have. We pride ourselves on offering our clients the comprehensive solutions they need so they can hear clearly again.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology Associates
(503) 928-8255
1849 NW Kearney St Ste 200
Portland, OR
Services
Audiology Associates has been providing hearing healthcare services to the Portland area for over 40 years. We offer comprehensive hearing tests for adults and children. We dispense the latest technology in hearing aids and also provide custom hearing protection devices.
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Able Hearing (ablehearing.com)
(503) 928-3748
3443 SE 39th Ave
Portland, OR
Services
Hearing frustrations relieved. Full service dispensing, fitting, evaluating, counseling. Full service repair. Ear molds. Parts,accessories and repairs. Otoscopy and tympanometry.
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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Pacific Audiology Clinic
(503) 928-3413
5010 NE 33rd Ave Ste A
Portland, OR
Services
Pacific Audiology Clinic is a women-owned and operated clinic. We are dedicated to your success in achieving better hearing. We pride ourselves in offering you high quality assessments and various treatment options for all of your hearing needs. We offer such services as, audiologic assessments, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid fittings, hearing aid repairs and cleanings, and cerumen removal just to name a few. We are able to schedule visits for residents at Assisted Living Facilities, by ap
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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R Sterling Hodgson MD
(503) 928-3778
1849 NW Kearney St Suite 200
Portland, OR
Services
Hearing Services from Audiology AssociatesAudiology Associates offers a variety of services related to your complete hearing healthcare. We provide you with state of the art hearing aid services including custom hearing aid programming and repairs, and complete diagnostic hearing tests. Visit our Products section for information on a variety of hearing aids, custom noise and swim plugs, and accessories and assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired person. Audiology Associates Services
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology Center NW LLC
(503) 821-7584
825 NE 20th Ave Ste 230
Portland, OR
Hours
SundayClosed
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Portland State University
(503) 928-3735
724 SW Harrison St NH85 PO Box 751
Portland, OR
Services
Located on the Portland State University campus, the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinics provide services to individuals with communication disorders. The clinics are open to the university community as well as the general public, serving all age groups. Individuals with communication difficulties receive comprehensive evaluation and treatment of disorders related to speech, language and/or hearing. Referrals are accepted from various sources including self-referrals, parents, public school spe
Hours
SundayClosed
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Wesley Lewis MD LLC
(503) 928-3921
2222 NW Lovejoy St Ste 607
Portland, OR
Services
* What is Tinnitus? * Your Hearing System * Selectivity and Attention * Habituation * Anxiety, Tension, and Learning How to Relax * Relaxation Exercises * Sound Therapy * Recreation and Health * Hyperacusis * Earplugs * Temporary Deafness and Temporary Tinnitus * Further Information and Help
Hours
SundayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Center at MT Hood ENT
(503) 928-5763
10101 SE Main St Ste 2004
Portland, OR
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 ,Friday09:30 AM - 11:30 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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