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Audiologist Worcester MA

Local resource for audiolgists in Worcester. 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.

Susan Foley
(888) 577-5501
186 Fairmont Ave
Worcester, MA
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Associates In Otolaryngology
(508) 859-4269
48 Elm St
Worcester, MA
Services
Hearing & AudiologyOur audiology department provides diagnostic hearing evaluations and comprehensive hearing aid services.Pediatric EvaluationsHearing loss may affect a child''s ability to learn as well as speech and language development. Early detection and intervention is important in the successful treatment of hearing loss in children.Testing is available for all age levels and includes evaluation of hearing ability and range.Adult EvaluationsComprehensive evaluations allow us to determine
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Better Hearing Solutions
(508) 859-4082
24 Park Ave
Worcester, MA
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New England Hearing Instrument
(508) 439-4487
24 Julio Dr Ste 101
Shrewsbury, MA
Services
We offer The following services:Hearing assessment for all agesHearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids including digital technologyCounseling and rehabilitation for patients and their familiesAssistive listening devices for telephone, television, and public areasSwim molds, ear molds, and noise protectorsEvaluation and treatment for tinnitus
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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McCracken
(508) 859-4081
91 McCracken Rd
Millbury, MA
Services
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American Hearing Aids Inc.
(508) 859-4022
475 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA
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We provide hearing testing, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, hearing aid repairs, batteries, assistive listening devices, storage and cleaning products for hearing aids, custom-made swim plugs, earmolds and musician''s ear pieces.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Umass Memorial Rehab. Group
(508) 859-4023
15 Belmont St Ste 3
Worcester, MA
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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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The Hearing Aid Center At
(508) 859-4030
42 Southbridge St Receiving Department
Auburn, MA
Services
1. First we''ll consult with you on your lifestyle to determine your needs and expectations. The rhythms of your life, the environments you live in and your style of interaction will all figure into our recommendations.2. You will experience a free audiometric test*, including speech recognition in noise and loudness discomfort levels. The purpose of these procedures is to measure the degree of any possible impairment3. Once you complete your hearing assessment, you''ll know whether you have any
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Mass Audiology LLC
(508) 436-2116
23 Midstate Dr Rear Entrance , Ste 202
Auburn, MA
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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Advanced Hearing Solutions
(508) 859-4268
150 Flanders Road
Westborough, MA
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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 - 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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