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Audiologist Toledo OH

Local resource for audiolgists in Toledo. 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.

Kenwood Hearing Center
(419) 740-7159
3450 W Central Ave Ste 134
Toledo, OH
Services
Kenwood Hearing Center understands that this is your healthcare and will work with you to arrive at the best treatment for your needs. There is no one perfect solution for everyone. Each patient''s needs and desires will be examined on an individual basis.Protecting your hearing today and through your lifetime is equally as important as rehabilitating hearing loss. We provide a full range of products and services designed to protect you from the acoustic traumas of today’s world.Hearing Sc
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SundayClosed
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Flower Hospital
(734) 888-4083
5300 Harroun Rd Ste 218
Sylvania, OH
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SundayClosed
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Earsmart Hearing Center
(419) 473-1456
3149 W Sylvania Ave
Toledo, OH
 
Diles Hearing Center
(740) 249-1340
275 W Union St
Athens, OH
Services
Audiologic testing, free consultations, innovative hearing device technology, assistive listening devices, custom and musician''s sound protection, Complete Hearing Health Care (CHHC), hearing device repair. 30-day return privilege on hearing devices. Accept established Ohio and West Virginia Compensation cases.
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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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(216) 586-3164
9500 Euclid Ave Desk A-71
Cleveland, OH
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Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic
(419) 823-9105
3000 Arlington Ave Medical College Of Ohio
Toledo, OH
Services
Full range of audiological services including hearing testing, hearing aid fittings and repairs,tinnitus treatment and dizzy clinic. Ear protection along with musician plugs and other assitive listening devices.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic
(419) 823-9213
1601 Brigham Dr Ste 160
Perrysburg, OH
Services
Full range of audiological services including hearing testing, hearing aid fittings and repairs,tinnitus treatment and dizzy clinic. Ear protection along with musician plugs and other assitive listening devices.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Services
(513) 318-0011
1060 Summitt Dr # A
Middletown, OH
Services
Complimentary consultationState-of-the-art hearing diagnosticsFull range of digital hearing instrumentsAssistive Listening DevicesHearing protection counseling and productsHearing loss simulation for family counselingProbe-microphone measure of hearing aid performance in the ear.45 day adjustment periodEasy payment plans availableRepairs of all makes and loaners availableLife-time in office service included with all hearing aidsMost major insurance providers acceptedAll hearing aid fittings come
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(216) 245-4615
26900 Cedar Rd Ste 315 S
Beachwood, OH
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Hillcrest Hearing Aids
(937) 551-4098
9000 N Main St Suite 319
Dayton, OH
Services
ServicesHillcrest Hearing Aids is located within the same office space as Southwest Ohio ENT Specialists. A physician is usually available to assist us in providing whatever service may be necessary for your complete hearing health care.Hearing EvaluationA complete hearing evaluation is required by Federal and State law before you can be fitted for a hearing aid. All hearing testing done through our office is performed by certified audiologists or licensed hearing aid specialists. Hillcrest Hear
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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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