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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
 
Westchester Audiology and Hearing Aid Specialist, P.C.
(914) 417-4671
14 Rye Ridge Plz Ste 247
Rye Brook, NY
Services
Adult and pediatric hearing testing. Dispensing of the latest models of digital hearing aids. Hearing aid repair and service. Custom sim and noise protection molds, custom for cell phone hands free kits, musician monitor molds, hearing aid batteries, assistive listening devices and other hearing aid accessories. We also offer the Lyric, the first totally hidden, extended wear hearing aid.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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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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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

Dunshaw Hearing Aid Center
(718) 690-9539
3333 Henry Hudson Pkwy W Ste 1C
Bronx, NY
Services
A comprehensive hearing evaluation that will help to determine your level of hearing loss, as well as its causes and types.Middle ear and mobility of the eardrum testing (tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing)Hearing aid comparison and selection, fitting, and any additional adjustments or supportFree public demos of advanced hearing aid technologyHearing Instruments
Hours
SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Sampogna, Sullivan, Schuefler
(631) 869-4598
240 Patchogue Yaphank Rd Ste 1
East Patchogue, NY
Hours
SundayClosed
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Brooklyn Audiology
(718) 285-6753
8502 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Services
Audiology, Pediatric Audiology, Hearing Aid sales, service, Nuero-Audiology, Complete Audiological Evaluations-Children and Adults,Hearing Aid Evaluations, Dizzy Patient Evaluations,BSER Testing,Fittings, Repairs, and Reprogramming Custom and Musician Plugs Specialize in Difficult Hearing Losses, Problem Solving and Previously Unsatisfied Patients
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM 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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