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Phantom Sound Specialists Goodyear AZ

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Goodyear. 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.

Biltmore ENT
(623) 738-3695
13555 W McDowell Rd Ste 202
Goodyear, AZ
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SundayClosed
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Audioear Hearing Aids and Audiology
(623) 207-8236
10404 W Coggins Dr Ste 110
Sun City, AZ
Services
We offer the widest range of hearing services including; an free interview, visual and diagnostic examinations, audiometric pure tone and bone conduction testing, speech evaluations to measure how well you understand conversation at different volumes and the potential of any treatments, treatment options including referral to physician for correctable problems via surgery and implants, specialized assistive device products on display to help with or without hearing aids. Trust and integrity are
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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PurTone Hearing Centers
(623) 738-3691
14537 W Grand Ave Ste 120
Surprise, AZ
Services
PurTone Complete Concierge, a comprehensive service package that includes our 65 Day Best Price Guarantee, our 65 Day Better Hearing Guarantee, Free Batteries for Life, Free Vacation Loaner Devices, Free Worry-Free for Life Service & Cleanings, Free Device Adjustments, Free Dome Replacements, Free Ear Cleanings and Free Courtesy Transportation.
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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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Arizona ENT Physicians
(623) 738-2195
13949 W Meeker Blvd Ste C
Sun City West, AZ
Services
Arizona ENT Physicians is a full-service Otolaryngology practice with an emphasis on Audiology and Surgery of the Head and Neck.AudiologyOur Doctor of Audiolgy has over 20 years of experience and is certified by the American Speech Language-Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology and is licensed by the States of Arizona and New York as an audiologist/licensed hearing aid dispenser. This expertise, coupled with access to the most technologically advanced diagnostic tools and rehabi
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Better Hearing Center
(602) 457-6371
14021 N 51st Ave Ste 101
Glendale, AZ
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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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Metro Hearing Service
(623) 738-2181
13203 N 103rd Ave Ste J4
Sun City, AZ
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SundayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Audioear Hearing Aids
(623) 242-5720
18747 N Reems Rd Ste 540
Surprise, AZ
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Arizona Audiology & Hearing
(623) 207-8239
13540 West Camino Del Sol Ste 20
Sun City West, AZ
Services
* Diagnostic Testing Diagnostic evaluations of hearing loss including air and bone puretones, uncomfortable levels, speech discrimination for individual ears and binaurally. Middle ear dysfunction, such as, otitis media (middle ear infection) and Eustachian tube dysfunction can be measured using a tympanogram. * Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment Tinnitus matching and treatment with either hearing technology or supplements are available. Referral for tinnitus retraining is available
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SundayClosed
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PurTone Hearing Centers
(623) 201-4384
8272 W Lake Pleasant Pkwy Ste 206
Peoria, AZ
Services
PurTone Complete Concierge, a comprehensive service package that includes our 65 Day Best Price Guarantee, our 65 Day Better Hearing Guarantee, Free Batteries for Life, Free Vacation Loaner Devices, Free Worry-Free for Life Service & Cleanings, Free Device Adjustments, Free Dome Replacements, Free Ear Cleanings and Free Courtesy Transportation.Free comprehensive hearing exams and consultationsFitting of digital hearing aids for adult patientsVideo otoscopyCustom musician’s monitors and ear
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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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Arizona Otolaryngology
(602) 457-3958
5750 W Thunderbird Rd Ste A100
Glendale, AZ
Services
Comprehensive hearing evaluations for pediatrics and adults Hearing aid services Assistive hearing devices Hearing protection Swim molds Evaluation for dizziness and balance problems Tinnitus management Site of lesion testing Cochlear implants Bone anchored hearing aids
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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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