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Phantom Sound Specialists Brattleboro VT

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Brattleboro. 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.

Center For Audiological Svcs
(802) 275-4068
130 Austine Dr Ste 210
Brattleboro, VT
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene
(603) 399-5048
117 Railroad St
Keene, NH
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Baystate Rehab At
(413) 863-6092
48 Sanderson St Ste 3
Greenfield, MA
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AmbulanceAnesthesiologyBaystate Visiting Nurse Association & HospiceBehavioral Health ServicesBlood Donor ProgramCancerCardiovascularDept. of MedicineEmergency MedicineEndoscopyHome Care & Home Medical SuppliesHome Infusion & Respiratory ServicesHospital MedicineNeurosciencesNursingObstetrics & GynecologyPain Management CenterPathologyPediatricsPharmacyRadiologyRehabilitation CareReproductive MedicineSleep ProgramSpiritual ServicesSurgeryWeight ManagementWomen''s Health Services
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Robert Jauch, M.D.
(802) 227-0188
714 Breezy Hill Rd
Saint Johnsbury, VT
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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University of Vermont, Eleanor M. Luse Center, Audiology Clinic
(802) 656-3861
489 Main St
Burlington, VT
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Hearing EvaluationAuditory Processing EvaluationHearing Aid Selection and FittingEvaluation of Hearing Aid EffectivenessAssistive Listening Devices
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Sound Advice Hearing Centers
(603) 399-5091
294 West St Ste 2A
Keene, NH
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Alber Hearing Services
(413) 863-6068
489 Bernardston Rd Ste 108
Greenfield, MA
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Alber Hearing Services Offers:•Hearing tests and evaluations•Hearing aid sales•Hearing aid repairs
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Sonotone Of Burlington
(802) 735-1812
1233 Shelburne Rd Lakewood Commons Suite D5
South Burlington, VT
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mid-Vermont ENT
(802) 549-4098
51 A Tennis Way
East Dorset, VT
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diagnose and treat: diseases of the ear, including infections, hearing and balance problems, and ringing in the ears; disorders of the nose and sinuses, such as infections, problems with stuffy nose, bleeding from the nose, snoring and sleep apnea and loss of smell; disorders of the throat, including voice and swallowing problems, sore throat and reflux disease; cancerous and non-cancerous tumors of the head and neck, including the thyroid and parathyroid; treatment of nasal and sinus allergy; f
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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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Center For Audiological Svcs
(802) 275-4068
130 Austine Dr Ste 210
Brattleboro, VT
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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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