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Phantom Sound Specialists Cumming GA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Cumming. 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.

Audiology HEARS PC
(888) 459-3959
6130 Southard Trce
Cumming, GA
Services
Our Services DIAGNOSTIC AUDIOLOGY Infants to Senior CitizensUNHS follow-upAudiologic EvaluationsTympanometryOAETinnitus Evaluation PEDIATRIC AUDIOLOGY Conditioned Play AudiometryVisual Reinforcement AudiometryOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)
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Sunday12:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Monday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Audiology Associates
(888) 376-9334
333 Jesse Jewell Pkwy SE
Gainesville, GA
Services
For more than twenty years, Audiology Associates of Georgia has been the audiologist of choice for people wanting quality, value, and caring service for their hearing healthcare needs. With today''s advanced hearing aid technology we can help you hear all the sounds of your life.ServicesHearing Instrument CleaningAuditory CounselingHearing Instrument Earmolds
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SundayClosed
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Athens Oconee Audiology
(706) 705-4867
1610 Mars Hill Rd Ste A
Watkinsville, GA
Services
Comprehensive audiological evaluationsTympanometryOtoacoustic EmissionsVideo Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (Pediatrics)Tinnitus CounselingTinnitus Retraining TherapyNeuromonics Tinnitus TreatmentHyperacusis Evaluation, Counseling, Device FittingHearing Aid FittingVisible Speech Mapping for HAFHearing Aid ChecksTinnitus DevicesEar MoldsCustom Ear ProtectionMusician Ear Plugs
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Chattahoochee Health Care
(888) 533-8565
705 Dallas Hwy Ste 301
Villa Rica, GA
Services
Our Ear, Nose & Throat doctors can treat you for sore throat, sinus problems, ear pain, hearing loss and nosebleeds—just to name a few. They also perform tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, insertion of tubes, septoplasty, etc. If you have a problem with snoring, Dr. Burson and Dr. Andrist can also help you with that. We have a certified audiologist on staff so we can perform extensive hearing tests on patients of all ages in our office. The audiologist on staff is also available to consult and
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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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Hearing Doctors Of Georgia
(888) 480-2081
1260 Highway 54 W Ste 203
Fayetteville, GA
Services
Nearly 35 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. Research shows that untreated hearing loss can cause loss of income, isolation, frustration, and health related problems. The Better Hearing Institute is a nonprofit organization that reports each year on the negative effects of hearing loss and also on how successful today’s hearing aid technology is at correcting hearing loss.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Emory Audiology And Hearing
(888) 591-2106
4045 Johns Creek Pkwy Ste B
Suwanee, GA
Services
Cancer Care (Oncology)Dermatology (Skin Care) & Wound HealingEar, Nose and ThroatEye CareGeriatricsHeart and Vascular ServicesKidney Disease and DialysisMental HealthNeurology and NeurosurgeryOral SurgeryOrthopaedics, Spine Care, Sports MedicinePediatric SubspecialtiesPlastic and Cosmetic SurgeryPrimary CarePulmonary Care (Lung)Radiology and ImagingRehabilitation ServicesSurgeryTransplantTravel and Infectious DiseasesUrologyWeight Loss (Bariatrics)Women''s Health
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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NE Georgia Otolaryngology
(866) 476-3178
2406 Lighthouse Manor Dr
Gainesville, GA
Services
The physicians at Northeast Georgia Otolaryngology Associates have the goal of providing the safest, most state of the art, and the most comprehensive medical and surgical care in a friendly, welcoming environment. Our surgeons are all board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery and treat the full spectrum of pediatric and adult medical and surgical issues. Our physicians and staff look forward to providing you and your family superior care.
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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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Hearing Plus
(912) 816-4427
1402 Alice St
Waycross, GA
Services
Purchasing a hearing aid is a big step for many people. Yet once you realize that so many aids are so small and comfortable – and virtually invisible – you’ll be ready to take the leap toward better hearing and a better life. Especially with the peace of mind that Hearing Plus guarantees:• 75-day adjustments: Susan Swain will work closely with you during your 75-day free adjustment period, making all necessary adjustments so that you can enjoy all the sounds that you&rsquo
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SundayClosed
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Advanced Audiology & Hearing Aid Center
(888) 431-6083
1676 Mulkey Rd Ste 100
Austell, GA
Services
Hearing aids, assistive listening devices, hearing aid repair and service, custom ear molds, ear plugs, communication ear pieces, adult and pediatric hearing evaluation, otoacoustic emissions, tinnitus assessment, tinnitus retraining therapy, Neuromonics tinnitus treatment, electrical nerve stimulation therapy for tinnitus, dizziness and balance assessment, speech evaluation and therapy,
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SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Westech Hearing
(706) 405-4732
4401 Armour Rd
Columbus, GA
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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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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