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Phantom Sound Specialists Hartford CT

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Hartford. 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 Improvement Center LLC
(860) 218-9422
28 N Main St
West Hartford, CT
Services
Getting Hearing Aids Once you have told us your history and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements:•Which ear has a problem hearing?•Which style of hearing aid is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital?•Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automaticall
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Solutions
(860) 640-4721
340 Broad St
Windsor, CT
Services
The services which we offer fall into distinct categories which are listed below. Please click on the service which is of intest to you. A brief description follows. For more information, you might check the Hearing Library link in our main menu, or call us directly to discuss a procedure or service.Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Assistive listening devices are used to maximize hearing using instruments which may or may not be used in conjunction with a hearing aid. These instruments fall int
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SundayClosed
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ProHealth Hearing Center
(860) 269-3835
21 South Rd Ste 112
Farmington, CT
Services
Services provided include hearing testing and treatment, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, tinnitus management, hearing aid repairs, assitive listening devices, custom hearing protection, and swim molds. Patients are generally seen within one week from time of referral or inquiry.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Center Of
(860) 265-4070
145 Hazard Ave Ste C
Enfield, CT
Services
The Hearing Center of Asheville offers the area''s most comprehensive center for audiology care and hearing aid service.*Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations*State-of-the-Art Digital Hearing Aid Fittings*Tinnitus Evaluation and Retraining Therapy*Otoacoustic Emissions & Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry*Custom Ear Protection*On-site Lab for In-house Repairs
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SundayClosed ,Monday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health & Wellness Center, LLC
(860) 863-4688
710 Main St Ste 8
Plantsville, CT
Services
Hearing Health & Wellness Center, LLC offers most major brands of hearing instruments and provides patient and family counseling for effective hearing aid use. Follow up care as well as assistive listening devices, such as TV Ears are available. Custom earmolds for hearing aids, MP3 players, handsfree telephone earpieces, swim plugs, musician sound plugs and hearing protection are available. No interest and low interest payment plans are available. If hearing loss is suspected, call Hearing Heal
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Improvement Center
(860) 264-1029
919 Silas Deane Hwy
Wethersfield, CT
Services
Getting Hearing AidsTest & AudiometryThe Ear ImpressionThe FittingFollow-up Care
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SundayClosed
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The Hearing Center of Glastonbury, LLC
(860) 266-4539
799 Hebron Ave
Glastonbury, CT
Services
What We Do: The Hearing Center of Glastonbury offers a full range of diagnostic audiologic services including comprehensive audiologic assessments, middle ear assessments, Otoacoustic Emission testing (OAE), industrial hearing testing, school screenings and Tinnitus evaluation and management programs. Our rehabilitative services include the latest digital hearing systems including the newest invisible hearing solutions as well as a full line of assistive communication devices. These may includ
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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 - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Joanne Cyr Calloghan
(860) 516-8116
72 Pine St
Bristol, CT
Services
We are a full service practice offering the latest in hearing techniques and technology. My name is Joanne Cyr-Callaghan and I have been licensed by the State of Connecticut as a Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist for more than 20 years. I also hold a State of Connecticut, LPN license. Each and every year I attend educational meetings and courses to keep up with the changes in hearing instruments.
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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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Easter Seal Rehab Center
(203) 599-0119
158 State St
Meriden, CT
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Lawrence & Memorial Hospitals
(860) 910-1734
365 Montauk Ave
New London, CT
Services
The Department of Medical Staff Services provides assistance to Medical Staff and Health Professional Affiliate Staff. Please contact us with questions or assistance with any of the following:New Medical Staff or Health Professional Affiliate Staff applications Reappointment of Medical Staff or Health Professional Affiliate Staff Addition or change of privileges for current Medical Staff and Health Professional Affiliate Staff Request a leave of absence or return from a leave of absence Notifica
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SundayOpen by Appointment ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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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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