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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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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
 
Island Better Hearing
(631) 498-8155
1-03 Schwab Road
Melville, NY
Hours
SundayClosed
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Buffalo Hearing And
(716) 239-4784
50 E North St Attn: Tracey Reynolds
Buffalo, NY
Services
Early Childhood ProgramAbout ECPThe Early Childhood Program provides evaluations and treatment for children with special needs, from birth to age five. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child''s speech, language or motor development, please feel free to contact our Early Childhood Program. We will gladly provide you with information that will aide you in determining if your child needs help and educate you on the appropriate steps to take to receive services. Please call us at (71
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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.
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Action Ear Hearing
(315) 768-2928
8556 Seneca Turnpike
New Hartford, NY
Specialty
hearing
Gender
Male
Education
liberty

Hart Hearing Centers
(888) 904-6761
300 Cross Keys Office Park Ste 308
Fairport, NY
Services
Services: At Hart Hearing Centers we carry the world’s most reputable digital hearing aids; most are state-of-the-art technology. Every hearing aid we dispense carries a 45-day risk free trial period.Hart Hearing Centers Refund Policy: Hearing aids are sold on a 45-day trial basis. Payment is due at the time of the fitting. Our goal at Hart Hearing Centers is to make sure you wear and get benefit from the hearing aids you purchase. If at the end of the trial period you feel that is n
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Hearing & Speech Ctr Of WNY
(716) 239-4858
2545 Sheridan Dr
Tonawanda, NY
Services
Our Speech-Language Pathologists provide speech-language evaluations, therapy and counseling for a variety of speech-language. Therapy programs are designed to meet the individual needs of both children and adults. The clinical sessions include family involvement through direct observation, conferences and counseling.Once the communication difficulties are assessed and identified; our Speech Language Pathologists develop and implement a therapy plan that is individually tailored to meet the spec
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OTOhealth Hearing Care Center
(631) 328-2002
156 E Main St
East Islip, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:30 AM - 04:30 AM ,Friday09:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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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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