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Phantom Sound Specialists Flint MI

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Flint. 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.

Exela Hearing Services LLC
(810) 275-0797
4325 Miller Rd
Flint, MI
Hours
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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Dymon Hearing Center
(248) 218-1504
71 Walnut Blvd Ste 108
Rochester, MI
Services
A wide range of hearing healthcare services are available for individuals of all ages. * Comprehensive hearing tests and hearing aid evaluations * Certified audiologist on staff * We sell most brands of hearing aids including: Oticon, Starkey, Phonak, Siemens, and GN Resound * Same day appointments available * 60 day no obligation trial on ALL hearing aid * We repair ALL brands of hearing aids * Nursing home and hospital visits available * Participating in most health ins
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Professional Hearing Aid Ctr.
(586) 439-3182
21000 E 12 Mile Rd Ste 110
Saint Clair Shores, MI
Services
* Comprehensive hearing tests by University trained Audiologists * Hearing aid prescription and fitting * Custom hearing aids and earmolds * Education about hearing loss and the impact it has on daily lives * Education in maximizing the benefits of hearing aids * Full range of digital hearing aids and styles * In-house services and repair of hearing aids by most major manufacturers * Custom swim molds, noise and musician ear plugs * Assistive Listening Devices (ALD
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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 ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Bieri Hearing Instruments Inc.
(989) 607-9522
2650 McCarty Rd
Saginaw, MI
Services
At Bieri Hearing Services, we are committed to offering the finest in Hearing Services. We have the largest selection of hearing aids in Mid- Michigan to better serve our patients. Our licensed Audiologists will work with you to provide the best solution to your hearing difficulties. We have 6 convenient loctions to better serve our patients.Saginaw Office (Main office)2650 McCarty Rd.Saginaw, MI 48603(989) 793-2701Midland Office720 W. Wackerly Rd.Midland, MI 48642989) 839-8230Bay City Office (B
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Oakland Audiology
(248) 257-5688
4202 Pontiac Lake Rd
Waterford, MI
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SundayClosed
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Fluke Hearing Instruments
(810) 515-8927
3413 S Linden Rd
Flint, MI
Hours
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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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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McDonald Audiology
(616) 723-8464
4444 Kalamazoo Ave Se
Grand Rapids, MI
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SundayClosed
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Jackson Hearing Clinic
(517) 879-1433
1111 Teneyck St Ste 200
Jackson, MI
Hours
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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St. John Macomb Hospital
(586) 486-6321
11800 E 12 Mile Rd
Warren, MI
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SundayClosed
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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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