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Audiologist Washington DC

Local resource for audiolgists in Washington. 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.

Medical Faculty Associates Inc
(202) 684-7951
2021 K St NW Ste 312
Washington, DC
Hours
SundayClosed
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GWU Speech & Hearing Center
(202) 470-1697
2115 G St NW Ste B 01 Corner G & 21st St
Washington, DC
Services
Comprehensive hearing evaluationsHearing Aid Demo''s, Sales, ServiceALD/FM Demo''s, Sales, ServiceAural Rehabilitation for hearing aid usersAuditory Training Rehabilitation for cochlear implanteesCochlear Implant mapping (Cochlear Nucleus products)
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 - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Washington Hospital Center
(202) 683-7256
110 Irving St NW Rm GA102
Washington, DC
Services
Clinical ServicesAnesthesiology Center for Breast Health Cancer Cardiology Colorectal Cancer and Surgery Dermatology Ear Nose and Throat Specialists Gastroenterology Geriatrics and Long-Term Care General Internal Medicine Hearing & Speech Endocrinology Heart Services Hematology Oncology Infectious Diseases Interventional Radiology Medical Imaging Melanoma Center Nephrology Neuroscience Institute Nuclear Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology Ophthalmology Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Orthodontics
Hours
SundayClosed
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Georgetown University Hospital
(202) 470-1267
2115 Wisconsin Ave Second Floor
Washington, DC
Services
At Georgetown University Hospital, we know that not all heart cases are textbook. The challenges of managing complex heart failure, arrhythmia and recurring coronary artery disease require advanced knowledge and expertise that are difficult to maintain.
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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V. Patrick Mahat, MD PC
(202) 609-7950
3301 New Mexico Ave NW Ste 310
Washington, DC
Hours
SundayOpen by Appointment ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Gallaudet University, MTB
(202) 683-7240
800 Florida Ave NE SLCC RM 2200
Washington, DC
Services
Gallaudet University faculty, staff and students currently receive services for hearing aid evaluations, fittings and adjustments free of charge and also receive a discount on the cost of all new hearing aids and earmolds.Alumni and IMMEDIATE family members (spouses/partners, parents, children) of faculty, full-time staff and students also receive a discount on the cost of new hearing aids (digital technology only).
Hours
SundayClosed
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ENT Medical Grp Of Washington
(202) 683-7277
2021 K St NW Ste 210
Washington, DC
Hours
SundayClosed
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DC Audiology
(202) 470-3873
2440 M St NW Ste 606
Washington, DC
Services
Patient privacy and record confidentiality are high-priorities at DC Audiology. Implementing a digital office required addressing security and privacy issues from the onset. Our equipment and network, including Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology, was designed around two requirements--reliability and security. Redundant servers and backup along with constantly updated and monitored security measures have proven successful. We have had no loss or corruption of patient information and no
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Health Care, P.L.C.
(703) 539-5036
611 S Carlin Springs Rd Ste 106
Arlington, VA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALD''s) DemonstrationsAural RehabilitationComprehensive Audiological TestingHearing aid AccessoriesHearing Aid Checks/CleaningsHearing Aid ConsultationsHearing Aid Repairs/RemakesHearing Protection DevicesHigh Frequency AudiometryTo monitor ototoxicityImmittance TestingOtoacoustic
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 PM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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University Of Maryland
(301) 850-1212
Le Frak Hall Room 0100
College Park, MD
Services
The Department''s Speech and Hearing Clinic provides speech, language, and hearing services for individuals with communication disorders. Individuals can be of any age. The clinic includes a Language-Learning Early-Advantage Program (LEAP), which offers communication enrichment for children between the ages of three and five and especially welcomes children with speech and/or language delays only or children learning English as a second language.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 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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