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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
 
Ear Works Audiology
(516) 858-2562
333 E Shore Road
Manhasset, NY
Services
Our Services Include:Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationsHearing Aid ConsulatationsFree Demonstration of Advanced Hearing Aid TechnologyComplete Hearing Health Care Program provided with all new digital hearing aid purchasesHearing Aid Service and RepairsReprogramming of Hearing AidsCustom Ear MoldsEducational SeminarsFM SystemsTinnitus MaskersBPPV ManagementMiddle Ear AnalysisOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Electronystagmography (ENG)
Hours
SundayClosed
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New York Hearing Center
(718) 285-6462
726 60th St Basement
Brooklyn, NY
Services
A wide range of hearing health care services is available for individuals of all ages. Our professionals are skilled in the areas of childhood hearing loss, adult diagnostic procedures, hearing aid selection and provision, assistive listening technology, listening skills related to learning disabilities, and development of effective communication skills through aural rehabilitation.Hearing assessment for all agesHearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids, including cu
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Saturday09:30 AM - 05:30 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
Specialty
hearing
Gender
Male
Education
liberty

Lawrence Hearing LLC
(888) 458-3229
682 E Main St Ste 1A
Middletown, NY
Services
Hearing Services Provided by Qualified, Dedicated Professionals.We offer: Comprehensive Hearing Needs Assessments Hearing Aid Evaluations Hearing Aid Sales and Service Hearing Aid Repairs (all makes & models) Extended Warranties Assistive Listening Devices Hearing Protection Musicians Ear Plugs BatteriesOur Commitment to your success.We are confident in our ability to fit High Quality Hearing Aids that will provide you with years of Better Hearing & Speech
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Professional Hearing Center
(845) 206-4203
205 South Ave Ste 108
Poughkeepsie, NY
Services
Hearing Evaluations, Wax Removal, Hearing Aid Sales, Hearing Aid Adjustments, Repairs, Cleanings, Batteries, Swim Molds, Custom Hearing Protection.
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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Hearing Evaluation Services of Buffalo
(716) 462-5087
4600 Main St Ste 201
Buffalo, NY
Services
The appointment for a comprehensive hearing evaluation begins with a complete hearing health history. The audiologist will then examine your ear canals to ensure they are clear of debris. Using either traditional headphones or insert earphones, the audiologist will perform testing to determine your level or threshold of hearing over a wide frequency range. A bone vibrator will then be placed behind your ear to help determine if any loss of hearing is due to a problem with the outer or middle ear
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 PM - 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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