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Audiologist Waterloo IA

Local resource for audiolgists in Waterloo. 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.

Iowa Hearing Clinics
(319) 493-3257
2055 Kimball Ave Ste 300
Waterloo, IA
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The hearing products offered by Iowa Hearing Clinics represent an array of choices which means we can target the best technology to meet your need.
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SundayClosed
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Outpatient Therapy Services
(515) 657-6470
1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 308
Des Moines, IA
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ServicesIowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran, Blank Children''s Hospital, and Methodist West Hospital are home to a wide variety of skilled and knowledgeable healthcare professionals in all areas of patient care. Explore Our Centers Of ExcellenceBlank Children''s HospitalWeight Loss SurgeryCardiac, Vascular & LungMaternity ServicesJohn Stoddard Cancer CenterOrthopaedic Services Explore Our ServicesTo search for a service, type the service you are looking for into the search box. The search box will dis
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Hearing Associates PC
(866) 963-1574
250 S Crescent Dr
Mason City, IA
Services
At Hearing Associates our licensed audiologists offer comprehensive services for all of your hearing needs. We perform hearing evaluations on individuals of all ages, ranging from newborns to adults. Our state-of-the-art Life Sound Suites simulate real-life situations to better understand and analyze the communication difficulties experienced in our patients’ daily activities. Our full list of audiological services includes:
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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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Mercy E N T Clinic
(515) 657-6472
1601 NW 114th St Ste 230
Clive, IA
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Services offered are:-Family Practice - Care of the whole family & adult immunizationInternal Medicine - Primary care for adults. Specializing in chronic illness carePediatrics - Care & immunization for childrenSurgery - Bariatric Surgery and Mercy Weight Loss & Nutrition Center Breast Surgery and Katzmann Breast Clinic Colo-rectal Surgery General Surgery Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery) Trauma Surgery Gynecologic Oncology Surgery - Specializing in women'
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Korver ENT LLC
(888) 439-5039
909 Lincoln Cir SE Ste 2
Orange City, IA
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On-Site Hearing
(319) 493-3253
1835 Downing Ave
Waterloo, IA
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Skiff Medical Center
(888) 820-3630
204 N 4th Ave E
Newton, IA
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Iowa Audiology & Hearing Aid
(515) 657-6471
3901 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
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The main office of Iowa Audiology and Hearing Aid Centers has been at the same location since it was founded in 1981. We offer a long list of exclusive services available only from professional audiologists with many years of education and experience in this increasingly technological field.# Hearing evaluation by Doctors of Audiology at all sites.# Diagnosis and audiologic management/treatment of hearing problems# Hearing aid prescription and fitting, using the latest digital hearing aid tech
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic
(712) 587-9304
320 McKenzie Ave Ste 202
Council Bluffs, IA
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Balance and vestibular evaluationsHearing evaluations for infants, children and adultsHearing aid dispensingAssistive listening devices
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Iowa Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers
(319) 471-4190
PO Box 5637
Coralville, IA
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Hearing evaluation by Doctors of Audiology at all sites. Diagnosis and audiologic management/treatment of hearing problems Hearing aid prescription and fitting, using the latest digital hearing aid technology available. Speech mapping - documentation of hearing benefits Personalized Auditory Rehabilitation Program Comprehensive Patient Care Program Ear cleaning (wax removal) In-home, nursing home and hospital evaluations and follow up In-house hearing aid repair lab Handicapped accessibility at
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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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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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