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Audiologist Springfield MA

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Lawrence Prusak MA CCA
(413) 754-4919
299 Carew Street Suite 135
Springfield, MA
Services
At New England Hearing Aids, we affiliate with the best Hearing Aid manufacturers, provide the latest digital technology and instruments that will last indefinitely, enabling the audiologist to keep your prescription current through the years.Our professionals are skilled in the areas of diagnostic procedures, hearing aid selection and provision, assistive listening technology, listening skills related to learning disabilities, and development of effective communication skills through aural re
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SundayClosed
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Hampden Hearing Center East
(413) 754-4725
200 N Main St North Building Suite 103
East Longmeadow, MA
Services
DIAGNOSTIC HEARING EVALUATION, to measure your hearing and determine if help is needed.HEARING INSTRUMENT EVALUATION AND FITTING, including measurements with the instruments in your ears (Real Ear Measurement), to ensure that they provide you with optimal benefit for your individual hearing needs. We also review with you how to use and care for the devices. HEARING INSTRUMENT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE; please contact us if your hearing instrument is not working properly. Hearing devices occasionall
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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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The Hearing Center Of
(860) 265-4070
145 Hazard Ave Ste C
Enfield, CT
Services
The Hearing Center of Asheville offers the area''s most comprehensive center for audiology care and hearing aid service.*Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations*State-of-the-Art Digital Hearing Aid Fittings*Tinnitus Evaluation and Retraining Therapy*Otoacoustic Emissions & Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry*Custom Ear Protection*On-site Lab for In-house Repairs
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SundayClosed ,Monday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Clarke Hearing Center
(413) 268-6030
45 Round Hill Rd Bell Hall
Northampton, MA
Services
In addition to our school programs, Clarke also offers Birth to 3 services, Summer Programs , Mainstream Services, Educational Evaluations and Professional Training opportunities. We also offer hearing services for adults on our Northampton and Philadelphia campuses.
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Bay State Mary Lane Hospital
(888) 595-7440
85 South St
Ware, MA
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AmbulanceAnesthesiologyBaystate Visiting Nurse Association & HospiceBehavioral Health ServicesBlood Donor ProgramCancerCardiovascularDept. of MedicineEmergency MedicineEndoscopyHome Care & Home Medical SuppliesHome Infusion & Respiratory ServicesHospital MedicineNeurosciences
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Bay State Medical Center
(413) 279-9004
360 Birnie Ave
Springfield, MA
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Holyoke Hospital Inc.
(413) 315-5232
575 Beech St
Holyoke, MA
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Wing Memorial Hospital
(413) 284-4522
40 Wright St Dept Of Material Mgmnt
Palmer, MA
Services
Wing Memorial Hospital provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient health care services to meet the needs of the Quaboag Hills and Pioneer Valley. To learn more, select from the alphabetical list below.Because Wing Memorial Hospital is a member of UMass Memorial Health Care, our patients have direct access to highly specialized care that may not be available at the hospital. To view a list of all services provided at UMass Memorial hospitals, click on the link provided below.
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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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New England Hearing Aids
(413) 268-6019
735 Westhampton Rd Front Door Only
Florence, MA
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Advanced Hearing Solutions
(860) 640-4721
340 Broad St
Windsor, CT
Services
The services which we offer fall into distinct categories which are listed below. Please click on the service which is of intest to you. A brief description follows. For more information, you might check the Hearing Library link in our main menu, or call us directly to discuss a procedure or service.Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Assistive listening devices are used to maximize hearing using instruments which may or may not be used in conjunction with a hearing aid. These instruments fall int
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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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