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Phantom Sound Specialists Huntsville AL

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Huntsville. 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.

North Alabama Audiology
(256) 513-6788
117 Longwood Dr Sw Ste A
Huntsville, AL
Services
Hearing LossIdentification, assessment and treatment of hearing impairment.Hearing AidsFitting and orientation of hearing aids.Assistive Living Devices (ALDs)Introduction of assistive devices such as telephone amplifiers, TV Ears, and alerting devices for the home.Ear MoldsCustom ear plugs for swimming and noise protection.Hearing Aid RepairsFactory repairs on most makes and models of hearing devices.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Center
(256) 270-4706
2030 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE Ste 100A
Huntsville, AL
Services
•Comprehensive hearing evaluations for adults and children •Hearing aid sales to include several major brands of digital technology •Hearing aid service and repair •Custom noise plugs, swim molds, musician ear plugs, and earmolds •Assistive listening devices •Hearing aid batteries and accessories Included with every new hearing aid purchase•Free cleanings and adjustments •One year repair warranty standard (two year on several models) •First year loss
Hours
SundayClosed
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Auburn University
(334) 246-0224
1199 Haley Ctr
Auburn, AL
Hours
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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Bay Audiology Services, Inc.
(251) 295-9308
6701 Airport Blvd Ste B123
Mobile, AL
Services
Audiometric evaluations, hearing aid sales and service, assistive listening devices, hearing protection etc.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Center
(256) 270-4706
2030 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE Ste 100A
Huntsville, AL
Services
•Comprehensive hearing evaluations for adults and children •Hearing aid sales to include several major brands of digital technology •Hearing aid service and repair •Custom noise plugs, swim molds, musician ear plugs, and earmolds •Assistive listening devices •Hearing aid batteries and accessories Included with every new hearing aid purchase•Free cleanings and adjustments •One year repair warranty standard (two year on several models) •First year loss
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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North Alabama Ear Nose Throat
(256) 513-4711
927 Franklin St SE Ste 100
Huntsville, AL
Services
Hearing loss affects millions of people in the United States. Untreated hearing loss can be frustrating and isolating. According to a study by the National Council on Aging, people with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression and anxiety, and participate less in social activities than those wearing hearing aids. Reasons for resisting include people just need to speak more clearly, my hearing''s not bad enough, my friend doesn''t like her hearing aid, I don''t want people
Hours
SundayClosed ,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
Payment
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Earfinity
(888) 707-6249
201 Whitesport Dr SW
Huntsville, AL
Services
Getting an initial evaluation won''t cost a thing. You will have a screening audiometric evaluation which covers important areas not always evaluated in other screenings which will allow Earfinity to point you in the right direction.With discounts from the best hearing aid vendors you will have an opportunity to obtain the state of the art devices for very competitive prices. You will be told if a less expensive hearing aid will work just as well for you considering your type of hearing loss and
Hours
SundayClosed
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The Ctr For Advanced Therapy
(334) 730-4166
635 McQueen Smith Rd N Ste D
Prattville, AL
Hours
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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North Alabama Audiology, Inc
(256) 274-4306
920 6th Ave SE
Decatur, AL
Services
* Hearing Loss Identification, assessment and treatment of hearing impairment. * Hearing Aids Fitting and orientation of hearing aids. * Assistive Living Devices (ALDs) Introduction of assistive devices such as telephone amplifiers, TV Ears, and alerting devices for the home. * Ear Molds Custom ear plugs for swimming and noise protection. * Hearing Aid Repairs Factory repairs on most makes and models of hearing devices.
Hours
SundayClosed
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ENT Associates Of Alabama PA
(334) 649-3537
1773 Platt Pl
Montgomery, AL
Hours
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 - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,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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