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Audiologist Rio Rancho NM

Local resource for audiolgists in Rio Rancho. 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.

Albuquerque Hearing Associates
(505) 859-7778
10700 Corrales Rd NW Ste I
Albuquerque, NM
Services
At Albuquerque Hearing Associates, it is our deepest desire to provide the highest level of service and state of the art technology. As our guest you can expect to receive the attention and care that you need in order to make the best decision regarding hearing solutions for yourself.* We offer a range of services for adults and children including but not limited to:* Basic comprehensive evaluations* Modified testing for individuals with limited verbal or cognitive function* Acoustic impedance
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Sound Choice Hearing
(505) 565-7212
6500 Jefferson St NE Ste 260
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations - The audiometric evaluation consists of pure tone air and bone conduction testing. Testing pure tones is done to determine the degree of hearing loss and whether hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural. Speech audiometry is obtained to evaluate the individual’s ability to understand speech at an elevated comfortable volume. Speech discrimination is also tested to determine how much a person will understand when wearing hearing aids. Hearing Aid Dispensi
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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The Hearing Group
(505) 404-0684
1121 4th St NW Ste 1D
Albuquerque, NM
Services
* Audiological Evaluations for children, and adults * Full Range of Hearing Aid Technology * Live Speech Mapping * Total Audiological Care Plan * Industrial Hearing Testing * Cochlear Implant Services * Pediatric Services * Spanish Services available (247-4472) * Hearing Aid Evaluations/Consultations * Assistive Listening Devices * Wireless Solutions for TV, Cell Phones, and MP3 Players * Hearing Aid Service and Repair * Products for Musicians such as in-the-e
Hours
SundayClosed
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Albuquerque Speech, Language, Hearing Center
(505) 565-5820
9500 Montgomery Blvd NE Ste 215
Albuquerque, NM
Services
* Comprehensive hearing evaluations and screenings for children and adults* Industrial hearing screenings* Evaluation and selection of hearing instruments to meet your needs* Custom hearing aid fittings, including conventional and advanced digital instruments* Advice and counseling on the use and care of hearing aids* Live speech mapping to ensure maximum hearing aid benefit* Minor hearing aid repairs on-site, usually within 48 hours* Custom hearing products, including musicians’ earplu
Hours
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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ABQ Partners
(505) 859-7280
5400 Gibson Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM
Services
specialties and services Primary CarePrimary care physicians (PCPs) provide the majority of care for most patients. Patients choose an Adult Medicine/Travel Health, Family Medicine or Pediatric provider to serve as their PCP to coordinate their healthcare. Specialty CarePhysicians and medical professionals in a variety of specialty care practices are also available at ABQ Health Partners. Patients may be easily referred by their primary care physician to specialists as medical needs arise.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Worth Hearing Center
(505) 807-0248
7520 Montgomery Blvd NE Bldg E15
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Worth Hearing Center is a locally owned and operated private audiology practice. The mission of Worth Hearing Center is to provide the most technically advanced hearing care in an atmosphere where patients are treated with kindness and the respect they deserve.Specific services, which are currently being provided, are:Diagnostic hearing evaluations, including pure tone testing (air and bone conduction), tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing Hearing aid evaluations and consultations Hearing ai
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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Albuquerque Speech, Language, Hearing Center
(505) 565-5820
9500 Montgomery Blvd NE Ste 215
Albuquerque, NM
Services
* Comprehensive hearing evaluations and screenings for children and adults* Industrial hearing screenings* Evaluation and selection of hearing instruments to meet your needs* Custom hearing aid fittings, including conventional and advanced digital instruments* Advice and counseling on the use and care of hearing aids* Live speech mapping to ensure maximum hearing aid benefit* Minor hearing aid repairs on-site, usually within 48 hours* Custom hearing products, including musicians’ earplu
Hours
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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ABQ Partners
(505) 859-7280
5400 Gibson Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM
Services
specialties and services Primary CarePrimary care physicians (PCPs) provide the majority of care for most patients. Patients choose an Adult Medicine/Travel Health, Family Medicine or Pediatric provider to serve as their PCP to coordinate their healthcare. Specialty CarePhysicians and medical professionals in a variety of specialty care practices are also available at ABQ Health Partners. Patients may be easily referred by their primary care physician to specialists as medical needs arise.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audio Acoustics Hearing Center
(866) 653-7149
1000 W 4th St
Roswell, NM
Services
Audiology Services
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
Payment
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Albuquerque Hearing Associates
(505) 859-7778
10700 Corrales Rd NW Ste I
Albuquerque, NM
Services
At Albuquerque Hearing Associates, it is our deepest desire to provide the highest level of service and state of the art technology. As our guest you can expect to receive the attention and care that you need in order to make the best decision regarding hearing solutions for yourself.* We offer a range of services for adults and children including but not limited to:* Basic comprehensive evaluations* Modified testing for individuals with limited verbal or cognitive function* Acoustic impedance
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 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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