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Phantom Sound Specialists Ann Arbor MI

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Ann Arbor. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to audiologists, ENT doctors, hearing tests, ear specialists, hearing aids and devices, and hearing loss communication, as well as advice and content on hearing impairment treatments and resources.

Mosa Audiological Services
(888) 430-0195
Reichert Health Building 5333 Mcauley Drive Ste 2016
Ann Arbor, MI
Services
Assistive Listening DevicesAssistive listening devices, including amplified telephones and wireless transmitters provide additional help when needed. We also provide telecoil (T-coil) systems for homes, auditoriums, classrooms, meeting rooms and similar large spaces.Ear molds & customized protective devicesMany individuals work in loud environments, ranging from manufacturing plants to recording studios. We provide customized hearing protection devices, including ear molds, designed to achieve a
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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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Fluke Hearing Instruments
(734) 418-0895
4025 Carpenter Rd
Ypsilanti, MI
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mosa Audiological Services
(734) 629-4981
1600 S Canton Center Rd Ste 350
Canton, MI
Services
Assistive Listening DevicesAssistive listening devices, including amplified telephones and wireless transmitters provide additional help when needed. We also provide telecoil (T-coil) systems for homes, auditoriums, classrooms, meeting rooms and similar large spaces.Ear molds & customized protective devicesMany individuals work in loud environments, ranging from manufacturing plants to recording studios. We provide customized hearing protection devices, including ear molds, designed to achieve a
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Personalized Hearing Care
(248) 782-6314
321 Pettibone St Ste 105
South Lyon, MI
Services
At Personalized Hearing Care, we offer the following services to our patients: * Comprehensive Hearing Tests * Middle Ear Testing/Tympanometry * Hearing Aid Evaluations * Digital Hearing Aids * Hearing Aid Repair (most brands) * Custom Earmolds * Swim Plugs * Noise Protection Devices * Musician Ear Plugs * Assistive Listening Devices * Counseling and EducationAs part of our hearing care services at Personalized Hearing Care of Westland, Michigan we can fit you wi
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Personalized Hearing Care, Inc
(734) 629-4076
35337 Warren Rd
Westland, MI
Services
At Personalized Hearing Care, we offer the following services to our patients: * Comprehensive Hearing Tests * Middle Ear Testing/Tympanometry * Hearing Aid Evaluations * Digital Hearing Aids * Hearing Aid Repair (most brands) * Custom Earmolds * Swim Plugs * Noise Protection Devices * Musician Ear Plugs * Assistive Listening Devices * Counseling and EducationAs part of our hearing care services at Personalized Hearing Care of Westland, Michigan we can fit you wi
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Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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OConnor Hearing Center
(734) 418-8992
203 S Zeeb Rd Ste 207
Ann Arbor, MI
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Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsO’Connor Hearing Center provides Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations which includes obtaining a case history, performing Otoscopy; Immittance Testing; Air Conduction Testing; Bone Conduction Testing; Speech Testing. Acoustic testing of hearing sensitivity thresholds, performed in a sound booth, via an audiometer to determine current hearing levels.Hearing Aid EvaluationsUsing results of a recent (within six months) diagnostic hearing evaluation, our Audiologist wil
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SundayClosed
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Mosa Audiological Services
(734) 508-3111
420 W Russell St Ste 101
Saline, MI
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Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies Your health care provider may request certain hearing evaluations and assessments. Based on your individual needs, among the tests that may be performed by MOSA Audiology are:
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Hug Center For Hearing
(734) 259-4073
705 S Main St Ste 101
Plymouth, MI
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Mosa Audiological Services
(734) 385-7486
14650 Old Hwy US 12 Ste 304
Chelsea, MI
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Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Mosa Audiology
(810) 355-2637
2305 Genoa Business Park Dr Suite 160
Brighton, MI
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Our Services Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies
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Musical Ear Syndrome

Answers to Your Questions about Hearing Loss Issues  

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A man recently wrote:

Thank you for your research into Musical Ear Syndrome (MES). Also, thank you for your website postings on the subject, and for your book “Phantom Voices, Ethereal Music & Other Spooky Sounds”. My condition is similar to other people that you describe, but there are a few differences. And more importantly, I want to tell you how I have nearly cured myself of MES.

I have had MES for about 11.5 years. I am 53 and in otherwise good health. I am not hard of hearing. However, all my adult life, I have been acutely sensitive to noise when trying to sleep. I run a fan at night to block out noise when sleeping. I played clarinet & violin in school, but played nothing as an adult. I enjoyed classical and rock music as an adult, until the onset of MES.

I cannot pinpoint the exact onset of MES, but my best estimate is August 1996. Living in an apartment, I thought that neighbors were playing music all night. At first, I only heard the music while trying to sleep. Back then I also heard radio & TV sounds. I could hear a voice (sometimes dialog), tones of voice, and content (beer commercials, radio comedy, nature programs, etc.), but I could never quite make out the words. Eventually, I only heard music.

I approached neighbors, asking them to turn down their music. Naturally, they denied that they were playing music. Eventually, I started hearing music during daylight hours. It was so real I firmly felt that the music was external—that it was coming from the outside, not from within me. I would walk through my neighborhood, trying to find the source of the music. For the first three months or so, I insisted that the music was external to me.

By November 1996, I was starting to break down. The music was so loud and intrusive, that it prevented me from sleeping. I could only get 1 to 2 hours of sleep per night. I could not concentrate, eat, or sleep. My time-horizon contracted to simply getting through the day. The music nearly killed me through sleep deprivation.

There was one odd correlate to the music. It would increase in volume whenever background white noise increased in volume. This puzzled me greatly, because I was accustomed to masking intrusive noise with white noise. But white noise just made the problem worse.

The only way that I could convince myself that the music was in my head, and not external, was to leave the city. A friend and I took a road trip. When the music remained unchanged, I realized that this was a hallucination—something in my brain.

I started going to neurologists and psychiatrists in December 1996. If nothing else, I had to get sleep, or I would die. In all, I saw 3 neurologists...

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