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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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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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Biltmore Ear Nose & Throat
(602) 457-3290
4400 N 32nd St Ste 220
Phoenix, AZ
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SundayClosed
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PurTone Hearing Centers
(928) 328-1454
1030 W 24th St Ste C-2
Yuma, AZ
Services
Products and Services Available * PurTone Complete Concierge, a comprehensive service package that includes our 65 Day Best Price Guarantee, our 65 Day Better Hearing Guarantee, Free Batteries for Life, Free Vacation Loaner Devices, Free Worry-Free for Life Service & Cleanings, Free Device Adjustments, Free Dome Replacements, Free Ear Cleanings and Free Courtesy Transportation. * Free comprehensive hearing exams and consultations * Fitting of digital hearing aids for adult patients *
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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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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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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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Krumbholz Hearing Center
(928) 458-5966
938 Black Dr
Prescott, AZ
Hours
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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North Valley Audiology
(602) 457-5209
18404 N Tatum Blvd Ste 101
Phoenix, AZ
Services
Hearing aids Consultations Evaluations Repairs Sales and fittings Follow-upCustom ear moldsNoise protection Swimmers Pilots Musicians iPods/MP3 players Cell phones and more!
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Tri-City Audiology
(888) 690-1469
595 N Dobson Rd Ste D79
Chandler, AZ
Services
* Basic audiological assessment * Impedance testing for middle ear function * Hearing aid evaluations and dispensing * Oto-Acoustic Emissions * Evaluation and treatment for Tinnitus * Site-of-lesion testing for hearing loss * Earmolds for noise and water protection * Assistive listening devices (FM, IR, loops) * Hearing aid batteries and accessories * Individual hearing conservation consultations * Speaker''s bureau for organizations * Training for health assista
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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 - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Oto Head and Neck Surgery Ltd.
(928) 852-0197
294 W. Highway 89 A Suite 102
Cottonwood, AZ
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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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