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Phantom Sound Specialists Franklin TN

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Franklin. 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.

Hearing Services of Franklin
(888) 370-6462
100 Covey Dr Suite 111
Franklin, TN
Services
Our Hearing Services Include:Comprehensive hearing testsBalance evaluations Musician hearing consultations Hearing protection to include swim plugs, noise plugs and musician monitors Tinnitus managementIf you experience a sense of vertigo or imbalance, you are not alone. Nearly 50% of dizziness is inner ear related. Hearing Services of Franklin can evaluate dizziness. A form of dizziness, called BPPV, affects many individuals and can be treated in the office. Do you hear chirping or ringing i
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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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Brentwood Hearing & Hearing Aid Center
(615) 247-5289
5544 Franklin Pike Ste 100
Nashville, TN
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Hearing assessment for all ages Hearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids including digital technology Counseling and rehabilitation for patients and their families Assistive listening devices for telephone, television, and public areas Swim molds, ear molds, and noise protectors
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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 - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Bridgewater Speech & Hearing
(865) 512-6542
103 Suburban Rd Ste D
Knoxville, TN
Services
At Bridgewater Speech & Hearing, our goal is to help you or your loved one live life to its fullest. We all want to hear the beautiful sounds of nature, to clearly understand converstations, and to be able to communicate perfectly with those around us.Whether you are elderly and losing your hearing over time, or you have an infant who’s hearing ability concerns you, we are dedicated and able to help you to the best possible outcome.Diagnostic Hearing & Balance EvaluationsComprehensive Hear
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Middle Tennessee ENT
(888) 482-8556
1370 Gateway Blvd Ste 100
Murfreesboro, TN
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Cerumen RemovalWe provide basic ear wax removal.Dizziness and Vertigo EvaluationsMany people suffer from dizziness. Fortunately, the most common kind of dizziness can be treated in the office. For other types of dizziness, a full vestibular evaluation may be required.Ear MoldsWe have many types of custom earplugs including custom swim molds, custom noise protection earmolds, custom hands-free cell phone earmolds, custom iPod earplugs, custom musician earplugs, and more. We also have Doc-Pro Plug
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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Fairfield Glade Hearing Center
(931) 231-8075
126 Stonehenge Dr PO Box 1909
Crossville, TN
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Services of Nashville, LLC
(615) 800-6340
7640 Hwy 70 S Ste 207
Nashville, TN
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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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Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Ctr.
(615) 358-0113
9302 Mce South Tower 1215 21st Ave South
Nashville, TN
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Monroe Carell Jr. Children''s Hospital at VanderbiltThe Vanderbilt Clinic (TVC)Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer CenterNashville Veterans Administration Medical Center (VA)Vanderbilt University School of MedicineVanderbilt University School of NursingAnnette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL)
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SundayClosed
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Appalachian Audiology PLLC
(865) 686-6577
130 Mabry Hood Rd Ste 103
Knoxville, TN
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SundayClosed
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Elite Audiology and Hearing
(615) 800-6329
541 N Mt Juliet Rd Suite 2204
Mount Juliet, TN
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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East Tennessee Hearing Center
(423) 218-4372
112 E Myrtle Ave Ste 504
Johnson City, TN
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,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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