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Audiologist Wilmington NC

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Wilmington Hearing Specialists
(910) 338-2905
3909 Wrightsville Ave # 110
Wilmington, NC
Home What We Do Who We Are How To See Us Contact UsHearing TestingAuditory Processing EvaluationsBalance EvaluationsHearing Aid Evaluations, Fittings and Aural Rehabilitation
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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WNC Hearing Aid
(828) 558-4054
33 W Marshall St
Waynesville, NC
Hearing Testing for determination of hearing aid eligibility Occupational Hearing Testing Counseling involving Hearing Aid amplification Referral Source to Otolarghinologists Sales and Service of most major brands of hearing aids Minor repairs done in office Cleaning & Adjustments Assistive listening devices Batteries & other consumables Speciality Hearing Devices Availibility in all of Western North Carolina
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Mountain Audiology
(828) 558-4001
61 Haywood Park Dr Ste B
Clyde, NC
Our clinic chooses from a wide variety of manufacturers and models. As an Hearing Aid independent clinic,we are not limited to any one Hearing Aid brand or model, which means we can fit you with the right hearing instrument for your hearing loss.
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Hearing & Audiology Services
(919) 747-4682
305 Dartmouth Rd
Raleigh, NC
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Carolina Hearing Group, Inc
(704) 322-4208
1908 Hilco Street Ste A
Albemarle, NC
**A 30 Day evaluation period.We will earn your trust by giving you the opportunity to evaluate your new hearing instruments in your everyday environment. Working with you, our skilled audiologists will help fine tune your new hearing instruments to achieve the best result for you.**The best in technology from industry leaders, such as GN Resound, Phonak, Widex, Oticon, Unitron and Siemens.**Technology customized to meet your needs.We take time to understand you and your hearing experience so tha
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Because Hearing Matters, PLLC
(910) 833-8145
313 Walnut St. Suite 109
Wilmington, NC
Hearing Aids, Auditory Processing, Hearing Preservation, Forensics
Professional Memberships
American Academy of Audiology, American Board of Audiology

Hearing Healthcare Ctrs of NC
(704) 461-1041
635 Cox Rd Ste C
Gastonia, NC
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 - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Care Svcs. Inc.
(919) 283-5715
1515 W Nc Highway 54 Ste 100
Durham, NC
Complete Audiological / Hearing Evaluations by a Dr. of Audiology, 30 day trial period on all hearing aids, Full service repairs on most hearing aid makes & models. We specialize in helping you determine the best style & technology for your hearing loss and listening needs. We are a participating provider with most insurances and part of the Blue Cross Blue SHield Audio Blue Program.
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Mark A. Kenzik, M.A. CCC- A
(828) 490-4754
1727 Brevard Rd
Hendersonville, NC
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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South Lake Audiology
(704) 257-7190
9710 Sam Furr Rd Unit D
Huntersville, NC
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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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