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Audiologist Tucson AZ

Local resource for audiolgists in Tucson. 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.

Adobe Hearing Center, Inc.
(520) 399-8603
2102 N Country Club Rd Ste 12
Tucson, AZ
Services
Adobe Hearing Center, located in Tucson, Arizona, offers a complete line of digital hearing aids with a 40 day evaluation period. Using internationally recognized hearing aid manufacturers, Adobe Hearing Center selects only the highest quality hearing instruments. Hearing aids are evaluated and dispensed by licensed dispensers and doctors of audiology.
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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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Tucson E N T Assoc P C
(520) 399-8608
6320 N La Cholla Blvd Ste 350
Tucson, AZ
Services
Our certified audiologists are available to perform the full range of diagnostic audiological services for all ages. In addition to standard hearing testing, we offer special examinations of hearing and balance including Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR), Electronystagmography (ENG), and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) tests. Cochlear implant services are offered at both our East and Northwest office locations. We also provide treatment of benign positional vertigo with Epley maneuvers. Our audiolog
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Arizona Otolaryngology
(602) 457-2121
2222 E Highland Ave Ste 204
Phoenix, AZ
Services
AOC’s experienced audiology staff provides diagnostic care and state-of-the-art hearing aid services at each of our five locations. Our audiologists work closely with the physicians which allows us to provide our patients with total hearing healthcare services. Because of this unique relationship, the audiologists often sub-specialize in different areas of the audiology field. These include:Comprehensive hearing evaluations for pediatrics and adultsHearing aid servicesAssistive hearing dev
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Audiology Inc.
(928) 792-2457
620 S Central Ave Ste B
Safford, AZ
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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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Metro Hearing Services
(602) 457-3810
4045 E Bell Rd Ste 135
Phoenix, AZ
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Arizona Hearing Specialists
(520) 762-6324
7574 N La Cholla Blvd
Tucson, AZ
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance to OSHA guidelines. Diagnostic Testing if a hearing loss is sus
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 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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Scottsdale Hearing Center
(480) 374-8520
7331 E Osborn Dr Ste 245
Scottsdale, AZ
Services
hearing testing, hearing aids, custom ear protection, TV amplifying devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Desert Hearing Care
(480) 374-5591
4448 E Main St Ste 6
Mesa, AZ
Services
Audiological Services:Complete Hearing EvaluationsAudiometry - pure tone air & boneSpeech audiometry and speech in noise testingVideo Otoscopic Exams & Cerumen RemovalTympanometry - middle ear evaluations & medical referralsReal Ear MeasurementsHearing Instruments - All Major Brands, Styles and Technologies in All Price RangesVerification of Optimum Hearing CorrectionExclusive Peace Of Mind service planDigital Listening DemonstrationsAssistive Listening Devices - telephones, FM systems, TV Ears,
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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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Arizona Audiology & Hearing
(623) 207-8239
13540 West Camino Del Sol Ste 20
Sun City West, AZ
Services
* Diagnostic Testing Diagnostic evaluations of hearing loss including air and bone puretones, uncomfortable levels, speech discrimination for individual ears and binaurally. Middle ear dysfunction, such as, otitis media (middle ear infection) and Eustachian tube dysfunction can be measured using a tympanogram. * Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment Tinnitus matching and treatment with either hearing technology or supplements are available. Referral for tinnitus retraining is available
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Sierra Hearing Center
(520) 226-4530
1989 South Frontage Rd
Sierra Vista, AZ
Services
HEARING TESTINGSierra Hearing Center provides comprehensive hearing evaluations allowing us to determine whether you have a hearing loss, and if so the degree and type. Test procedures most frequently used are:1) pure-tone air conduction,2) speech reception threshold,3) speech discrimination,4) pure-tone bone conduction, and5) impedance audiometry.Instructions are provided prior to each test.For all of these tests, the patient is seated in a soundproof room. They are asked questions regarding th
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SundayClosed ,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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