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Audiologist Seattle WA

Local resource for audiolgists in Seattle. 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.

Virginia Mason Clinic
(206) 395-2481
1100 9th Ave Mailstop X10-AU
Seattle, WA
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Safe care is great care. The best medical outcomes come from the safest environments. At Virginia Mason, ensuring the safest possible patient care is our most important goal. This means providing patient care that lives up to our vision of being the Quality Leader; it means patient safety is at the top of our list.Patient Safety as Our FoundationCaring for patients safely is the foundation for living up to VM''s vision of becoming the Quality Leader. That means zero defects in the care that is
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Audiology/Hear Center
(206) 973-3345
304 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA
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Diagnostic and Rehabilitative ServicesAssistive listening and signaling devices.Wide array of inexpensive devices to assist in communication needs (television, telephone, alarm clocks, etc.)..Comprehensive Audiological EvaluationsA series of tests to determine hearing ability by air and bone conduction methods, speech identification and understandingCounseling and rehabilitation for patients and their familiesWe help you understand your hearing test results and their implications so that togethe
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Audiology/Hear Center
(425) 502-5004
11511 NE 10th St
Bellevue, WA
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Group Health Cooperative, together with its subsidiary Group Health Options, Inc., operates in all or parts of 20 counties in Washington and two counties in North Idaho. In Washington, Group Health Cooperative offers coordinated-care plans for both groups and individuals; Clear Care®, our Medicare Advantage plans; and plans for residents who qualify for Healthy Options (Medicaid), Basic Health, and the State Children''s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP).Care is provided by Group Health Permanent
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Puget Sound Hearing & Balance
(206) 607-8656
9714 3rd Ave NE Ste 100
Seattle, WA
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Highline Hearing Professionals (formerly Highline Audiology)
(206) 792-9355
14400 Ambaum Blvd SW Ste G
Burien, WA
Services
We provide maintenance and minor repairs for most hearing aids in our office.When we cannot fix a hearing aid in-house, we can send it to the original manufacturer or to an all-make repair lab. Often the aids can be returned to original specifications. Instruments sent out for repair are generally ready to be picked up in ten days to two weeks.We offer no-charge loaner instruments to patients who must send their hearing aids in for repair.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Seattle Hearing And Bal-Sandra
(206) 607-8665
1600 E Jefferson St Ste 202
Seattle, WA
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Pediatric Hearing EvaluationsWe test the hearing of newborns through adolescence with a variety of testing techniques. Testing usually takes 45-60 minutes per child. * Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) is used for newborns through 6 months of age. ABR is an electroacoustic test which measures the response of the hearing (auditory) nerve. Sensors are placed on the child’s forehead and behind each ear and a small earphone is placed in the ear. Sounds will be played through the earphone an
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Northwest Vestibular Svcs PLLC
(206) 701-6952
418 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA
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Bellevue ENT
(425) 533-9375
1135 116th Ave NE Ste 165
Bellevue, WA
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# State of the Art office treatment for snoring# Comprehensive allergy screening and treatment# Voice evaluation with videostroboscopy# Comprehensive evaluation and surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea# Surgical treatment of the thyroid and parathyroid glands# Pediatric otolaryngology# Comprehensive ear care and audiology services# State of the art, image guided sinus surgery# Facial plastic surgery consultations# Botox injections for treatment of facial wrinkles# Surgical treatments fo
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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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South Seattle Otolaryngology
(206) 792-9324
16259 Sylvester Rd SW Ste 505
Burien, WA
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Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists, also known as Otolaryngologists, attend to disorders in the ears, nose and throat and associated areas of the neck and base of the skull. Our ENT surgeons have training in otolaryngology with additional specialized training in:Otology (Ear Specialty): * Ear tube placement (PET) * Surgery for chronic ear disease (Mastoidectomy) * Ear drum repair (Tympanoplasty) * Surgery for hearing restoration (Ossiculoplasty, Stapedectomy) * Cauliflower ear
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Audiosense Hearing LLC
(425) 336-4093
10573 SE Carr Road
Renton, WA
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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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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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