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Audiologist Prescott AZ

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Krumbholz Hearing Center
(928) 458-5966
938 Black Dr
Prescott, AZ
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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Biltmore Ear Nose & Throat
(602) 457-3290
4400 N 32nd St Ste 220
Phoenix, AZ
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SundayClosed
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Affiliated Audiology
(602) 457-3202
4545 East Shea Blvd Ste 174
Phoenix, AZ
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.Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss is suspected, an appointment with one of our certified Audiologists should be made for the purposes of testing and evaluation
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SundayClosed
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Desert Hearing Care
(888) 903-7671
9670 E Riggs Rd Ste 105
Sun Lakes, AZ
Services
Audiological Services:Complete Hearing EvaluationsAudiometry - pure tone air & boneSpeech audiometry and speech in noise testingVideo Otoscopic Exams & Cerumen RemovalTympanometry - middle ear evaluations & medical referralsReal Ear MeasurementsHearing Instruments - All Major Brands, Styles and Technologies in All Price RangesVerification of Optimum Hearing CorrectionExclusive Peace Of Mind service planDigital Listening DemonstrationsAssistive Listening Devices - telephones, FM systems, TV Ears,
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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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Tri-City Audiology
(888) 690-1469
595 N Dobson Rd Ste D79
Chandler, AZ
Services
* Basic audiological assessment * Impedance testing for middle ear function * Hearing aid evaluations and dispensing * Oto-Acoustic Emissions * Evaluation and treatment for Tinnitus * Site-of-lesion testing for hearing loss * Earmolds for noise and water protection * Assistive listening devices (FM, IR, loops) * Hearing aid batteries and accessories * Individual hearing conservation consultations * Speaker''s bureau for organizations * Training for health assista
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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David A Holmes M A
(928) 458-5882
1125 W Iron Springs Rd
Prescott, AZ
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Valley ENT
(480) 374-5582
8752 E Via De Commercio Ste 1
Scottsdale, AZ
Services
CT scanners, Ultrasound, allergy testing, diagnostic audiology, and hearing aid products.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Oto Head and Neck Surgery Ltd.
(928) 852-0197
294 W. Highway 89 A Suite 102
Cottonwood, AZ
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Arizona Audiology & Hearing
(623) 207-8239
13540 West Camino Del Sol Ste 20
Sun City West, AZ
Services
* Diagnostic Testing Diagnostic evaluations of hearing loss including air and bone puretones, uncomfortable levels, speech discrimination for individual ears and binaurally. Middle ear dysfunction, such as, otitis media (middle ear infection) and Eustachian tube dysfunction can be measured using a tympanogram. * Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment Tinnitus matching and treatment with either hearing technology or supplements are available. Referral for tinnitus retraining is available
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Metro Hearing Services
(602) 457-3810
4045 E Bell Rd Ste 135
Phoenix, AZ
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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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