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Phantom Sound Specialists Knoxville TN

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Knoxville. 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.

Greater Knoxville ENT
(865) 329-6098
7557-A Dannaher Way Ste 210
Powell, TN
Services
* Allergy drops * Conventional therapyEar * Audiology * Balance Disorders * Ear Infections * Tinnitus * Ear SurgeryHearing Aids * Hearing Loss * RingingNose * Nosebleeds * Sinus Disorders * Nasal ObstructionThroat * Throat Disorders * Voice Disorders * Swallowing Disorders * Salivary Glands * Tonsils & AdenoidsSleep Disorders * Sleep Apnea * Snoring * Pillar ImplantsCancer of the Head & Neck * Oral Cancer * Laryngeal Cancer * Skin
Hours
Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday01:30 PM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Appalachian Audiology PLLC
(865) 686-6577
130 Mabry Hood Rd Ste 103
Knoxville, TN
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mountain Empire Eye Physicians
(423) 217-4331
3185 W State St Ste 2010
Bristol, TN
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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East Tennessee Hearing Center
(888) 471-0278
1240 Fox Meadows Blvd Ste 5
Sevierville, TN
Hours
Monday12:00 AM - 12:00 AM ,Tuesday12:00 AM - 12:00 AM ,Wednesday12:00 AM - 12:00 AM ,Thursday12:00 AM - 12:00 AM ,Friday12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Hearing Services Of Nashville
(615) 800-6442
3443 Dickerson Pike Ste 320
Nashville, TN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 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
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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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HEAR Services
(865) 730-4332
800 Oak Ridge Tpke Ste C101
Oak Ridge, TN
Services
* Diagnostic audiological evaluations for all ages * Immittance testing for analyzing middle ear status * Otoacoustic Emission testing to establish cochlear status * Newborn hearing screenings * Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) * Canalith Repositioning for the “dizzy” patient suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) * Hearing aid evaluations and fitting * Service and repair of most makes and models of hearing aids
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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HEAR Services
(865) 730-4332
800 Oak Ridge Tpke Ste C101
Oak Ridge, TN
Services
* Diagnostic audiological evaluations for all ages * Immittance testing for analyzing middle ear status * Otoacoustic Emission testing to establish cochlear status * Newborn hearing screenings * Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) * Canalith Repositioning for the “dizzy” patient suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) * Hearing aid evaluations and fitting * Service and repair of most makes and models of hearing aids
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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Hearing Centers Of
(901) 726-3036
6242 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN
Hours
SundayClosed
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Center For Audiology
(931) 266-4165
1740 Memorial Dr Ste 1
Clarksville, TN
Services
Diagnostic audiologic evaluation for all ages from newborn infant to geriatrics Hearing aid evaluation and counseling to determine the need for and most appropriate type of hearing aid Video Otoscopic inspections of the ear Balance and vestibular evaluation Specialized evaluation of infants and children Electrophysiologic auditory evaluations
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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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