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Audiologist Rochester NH

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Sound Advice Hearing Centers
(888) 453-6516
165 Rochester Hill Rd Unit #3
Rochester, NH
Services
Sound Advice Hearing Centers, Inc. has five easy locations in Plymouth, New London, Keene, Exeter and Rochester.Our Services include:ASSESSMENT * Objective hearing testing to determine the nature and degree of your hearing loss * Subjective assessment of your needs and significant other''s perceptions to establish and prioritize desired communication outcomes.REFERRAL * If warranted, appropriate referral to a physician for more in-depth diagnostic work or medical interventionEDUCATION/C
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Family Ear, Nose & Throat
(888) 331-9492
518 US Route 1 Suite A-8
Kittery, ME
Services
* Diagnostic audiological evaluations from a nationally certified, state licensed audiologist* Ear, nose & throat physician consultation and earwax removal* hearing aid evaluations and demonstrations* hearing aid dispensing* battery and hearing aid accessory sales * hearing loss and hearing aid education* medical, surgical and rehabilitative options for hearing loss treatment
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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Granite State Hearing Aid Ctr.
(888) 429-7084
25 Stark St
Manchester, NH
Services
Hearing evaluations, most brands of hearing devices, service , batteries , adjustments, cleaning.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Center LLC
(603) 769-3101
166 Kinsley St Ste 304
Nashua, NH
Services
* Endoscopic sinus surgery * Laser surgery of the head and neck * Facial plastic surgery, both cosmetic and reconstructive * Allergy testing and treatment * Skin cancers and moles involving the face and neck * Oral and throat cancer treatment * Complete audiology service including hearing testing, brain stem evoked response audiometry, hearing aid fitting and repair
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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E N T Specialists Of Southern
(888) 433-0513
30 Canton St
Manchester, NH
Services
The field of OTOLARYNGOLOGY is one of the broadest in the medical profession. As Board Certified Otolaryngologists, our doctors have completed five years of specialized training. They are surgeons as well as physicians, and are experts in the most modern treatment methods.
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment
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Seacoast Hearing Center
(603) 379-6031
599 Lafayette Road Unit 2
Portsmouth, NH
Services
* Audiometric Evaluations: Adults Comprehensive hearing evaluation including speech, air and bone conduction testing * Hearing Aid checks Complete cleaning, retubing and listening check of the instrument. May also include replacement of battery door, trimmer cover and wax spring. * Hearing Aid evaluations Consultation and discussion of patient’s options based on brief personal history and audiometric results. Demo of hearing instrument also available. * Hearing Aid:
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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Sound Advice Hearing Centers
(888) 453-6516
165 Rochester Hill Rd Unit #3
Rochester, NH
Services
Sound Advice Hearing Centers, Inc. has five easy locations in Plymouth, New London, Keene, Exeter and Rochester.Our Services include:ASSESSMENT * Objective hearing testing to determine the nature and degree of your hearing loss * Subjective assessment of your needs and significant other''s perceptions to establish and prioritize desired communication outcomes.REFERRAL * If warranted, appropriate referral to a physician for more in-depth diagnostic work or medical interventionEDUCATION/C
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Southern NH Rehab Center
(603) 769-3104
460 Amherst St
Nashua, NH
Services
The Medical Center offers many services not usually found in a community hospital setting, such as kidney care and newborn intensive care. With our ties to centers of excellence like Massachusetts General Hospital, Lahey Clinic, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and Childrens Hospital, your care - wherever it needs to be- is always in the best hands. The best doctors choose the best hospital, and the best hospitals choose each other. Follow the department list to your left, or use the topic li
Hours
Sunday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Monday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Tuesday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Wednesday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Thursday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Friday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM ,Saturday12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Advanced Hearing Center LLC
(888) 451-7523
130 Tarrytown Rd
Manchester, NH
Services
Repairs, Maintenance, Cleanings, 2 Year Warranty ON ALL HEARING AIDS SOLD.Our staff emphasizes ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aids. We encourage all of our patients to come in for a regular hearing aid evaluation and cleaning.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene
(603) 399-5048
117 Railroad St
Keene, NH
Hours
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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