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Audiologist South Bend IN

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Acoustic Audio Services Of
(574) 203-0043
808 S Michigan St
South Bend, IN
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Darr & Associates Inc.
(574) 633-5430
919 E Jefferson Blvd Ste 104
South Bend, IN
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Michiana Hearing Care Center
(574) 807-9813
1001 N Hickory Rd Ste 3
South Bend, IN
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Dr. Sharp is trained to perform comprehensive hearing evaluations for all ages, hearing aid consultations, adjustments and repairs.Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsEach patient has a thorough case history taken and an otoscopic check of the ears is performed. The evaluation determines the hearing at different pitches, the type and severity of your loss, and how well words are understood in each ear. Dr. Sharp will then explain your test results. Together you will discuss your personal listening nee
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South Bend Clinic
(574) 203-0034
211 N Eddy St
South Bend, IN
Services
Whether you''re suffering from allergies or arthritis, a sore throat or a spastic colon, or if you''re having a baby or a heart attack, the South Bend Clinic offers the widest range of services and the most advanced procedures to help. As technical and specialized as some of the terminology and procedures are, there is nothing cold or clinical about what we do. Our physicians and professional staff are there to help with a friendly and personal touch. They''re ready to listen and to ask question
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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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Doctors Hearing Care, L.L.C.
(888) 905-9756
4212 Charlestown Rd Ste 3
New Albany, IN
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Audiology is a profession devoted to assessment and treatment of hearing loss. The goal of treatment is always better communication through better hearing. Often this includes the use of assitive technology in the form of hearing aids. However, hearing aids are only a small part of the treatment plan. The audiologist is the only professional who is specially trained on hearing aid technology, as well as incorporating hearing aid use into daily life to achieve the ultimate goal of better communic
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The Hearing Professionals & ENT of Michiana
(574) 208-6837
100 Navarre Pl Ste 4430
South Bend, IN
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Diagnostic evaluations of the ear and hearing. Hearing Devices
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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 Bend Clinic
(574) 203-0034
211 N Eddy St
South Bend, IN
Services
Whether you''re suffering from allergies or arthritis, a sore throat or a spastic colon, or if you''re having a baby or a heart attack, the South Bend Clinic offers the widest range of services and the most advanced procedures to help. As technical and specialized as some of the terminology and procedures are, there is nothing cold or clinical about what we do. Our physicians and professional staff are there to help with a friendly and personal touch. They''re ready to listen and to ask question
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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Arnett Clinic, Inc.
(765) 588-1607
2803 Park E. Blvd. Ste E
Lafayette, IN
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Clarian provides advanced health care for adults and children with a personal touch.Through Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, Clarian North, Clarian West, Clarian Arnett and our many outpatient centers, Clarian provides advanced health care for adults and children with a personal touch.Allergy & AsthmaAnesthesiologyAudiologyCancerCardiovascular/HeartClinical ResearchCritical Care MedicineDermatologyEmergency MedicineEndocrinology & MetabolismFamily Med
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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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The Hearing Professionals & ENT of Michiana
(574) 208-6837
100 Navarre Pl Ste 4430
South Bend, IN
Services
Diagnostic evaluations of the ear and hearing. Hearing Devices
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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Purdue University
(765) 588-1427
500 Oval Dr
West Lafayette, IN
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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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