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Audiologist Utica NY

Local resource for audiolgists in Utica. 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.

Faxton Hospital
(315) 272-4732
1675 Bennett St
Utica, NY
Hours
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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Slocum Dickson
(315) 235-3988
1729 Burrstone Rd Audiology Department
New Hartford, NY
Services
Audiology, Breast Care Center, Clinical Research, Eye Care, Laboratory, Occupational & Hand Therapy, Occupational Medicine, Orthopaedics, Radiology, Rehabilitation Department, SDMG Pharmacy Inc., Sleepy Lab and Urgent Care.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Action Ear Hearing
(315) 768-2928
8556 Seneca Turnpike
New Hartford, NY
Specialty
hearing
Gender
Male
Education
liberty

Katherine Frangos
(516) 858-3876
1615 Northern Blvd Ste 201
Manhasset, NY
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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Harmony Hearing & Speech Center
(718) 577-1093
16124 84th St
Howard Beach, NY
Services
Complete Hearing Tests for adults and childrenHearing Aid Fittings and RepairsAssistive DevicesMost Insurances and Union Plans AcceptedMedicare WelcomeWeekend and Evening HoursHouse Calls Available for Special Situations
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday11:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday11:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday11:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
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Charles T. Sitrin Health Care
(315) 235-3897
2050 Tilden Ave
New Hartford, NY
Hours
SundayClosed
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Action Ear Hearing
(315) 768-2928
8556 Seneca Turnpike
New Hartford, NY
 
Clifton Springs Hearing Center
(866) 752-5046
229 Parrish St Ste 240
Canandaigua, NY
Services
Hearing Evaluation * Hearing Assessment via air and bone conduction pure tone Audiometry * Speech Audiometry including threshold measurement and word discrimination testing. * Industrial Audiometric Screening Programs * Ototoxic Monitoring via AudiometryMiddle Ear Assessment * Diagnostic Teympanometry Acoustic Immittance Testing * Acoustic Reflex Threshold & Decay Testing * Middle Ear Resonance MeasurementElectrophysiological Testing * Auditory Brainstem Response Stu
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Health Associates
(888) 448-8070
124 E Main St Ste 203
Babylon, NY
Services
Complete Audiological Evaluations •Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflex Testing •Hearing Aid Evaluations •Advanced Ear Mold Selection Skills •Swim Plugs, Musician Plugs, etc. •Wide Selection of Hearing Aids •Hearing Aid Accessories •Assistive Listening Devices •Amplified Telephones
Hours
SundayClosed
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Watertown Audiology, PC
(315) 836-4561
53-59 Public Sq Fl 2
Watertown, NY
Services
We specialize in the study of:Normal and impaired hearingPrevention of hearing lossIdentification and assessment of hearing and balance issuesRehabilitation of persons with hearing disorders
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,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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