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Audiologist Springfield IL

Local resource for audiolgists in Springfield. 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.

SIU School Of Medicine
(217) 566-4154
301 N 8th St Rm 5B201
Springfield, IL
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Audiologic Services
(630) 246-2195
501 Thorn Hill Dr
Carol Stream, IL
Services
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.After the age of 50, a regular hearing test should be considered as important as ones yearly physical checkup.Testing is painless, comfortable and safe. Basically, it consists of answering questions about your hearing health, recognizing everyday words at different volume levels, and identifying different sounds. Your ability to hear ea
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Hearing & Balance Center, P.C.
(877) 762-8153
233 E Erie St Ste 500
Chicago, IL
Services
Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsChoosing The Right Hearing AidPediatric Audiology & Auditory Processing EvaluationsTympanometryLive Speech MappingTinnitus Evaluation and ManagementVNG/ENG ExaminationsVestibular (Balance) AssessmentsABR ExaminationsAssistive Listening Devices (ALDs): FM SystemsCochlear Implant
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Ross Hearing Center
(217) 267-6175
809 1/2 N Gilbert St
Danville, IL
Services
Hearing Testing, Evaluation and ConsultingHearing Aids available from a wide variety of suppliers (We work with you to select the particular type and brand best suited to your needs.)Skilled Selection, Fitting, Programming and Performance Evaluation of Hearing AidsTotal Listening Care Package to protect your hearing aid investmentAssistive Hearing DevicesBatteries and Other Auxiliary ItemsA complete line of Ear Plugs for Various Purposes
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Beverly Health Center
(773) 546-9748
9831 S Western Ave Fl 2
Chicago, IL
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Central Illinois
(217) 636-4019
2534 Farragut Dr
Springfield, IL
Services
Diagnostic hearing evaluation Industrial hearing conservation program compliant with OSHA Treatment of non-medical hearing disorders through hearing aids or assistive development Hearing protective devices Counseling on hearing disorders and prevention Hearing aid repair service for all makes and accessories
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Rush University Medical Center
(888) 751-2925
1611 W. Harrison Ste 530
Chicago, IL
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Northern Illinois ENT
(815) 825-4037
2535 Bethany Rd Ste 200
Sycamore, IL
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Loyola Univ Medical Center
(708) 498-4951
2160 S 1st Ave Building 150 Room 4415
Maywood, IL
Services
Hearing loss can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. Loyola University Health System''s audiology staff provides treatment for the entire continuity of your hearing loss. Your Loyola health-care team will look at your health and communication needs. They focus on improving your quality of life as well as the effect your hearing loss may have on relationships with people around you.Loyola offers diagnostic audiology services for patients of all ages. Our audiologists work with you to
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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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Resurrection Health Center
(773) 770-4079
2900 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL
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Addiction Services Alcohol/Drug Rehabilitation Allergy Services Alzheimer''s Care Arthritis/Rheumatology Services Assisted Living Centers Asthma Care Center Audiology Services BBaby Pictures Back and Neck Pain Center Balance Disorders Bariatric Programs Behavioral Health Services Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Breast Services/Mammography CCancer Services Cardiac Services Care-A-Van Transportation Center for Breast Care Chemical Dependency Treatment Child Care Centers Child Development Colon and
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Sunday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Monday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
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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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