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Phantom Sound Specialists Rio Rancho NM

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Rio Rancho. 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.

Albuquerque Hearing Associates
(505) 859-7778
10700 Corrales Rd NW Ste I
Albuquerque, NM
Services
At Albuquerque Hearing Associates, it is our deepest desire to provide the highest level of service and state of the art technology. As our guest you can expect to receive the attention and care that you need in order to make the best decision regarding hearing solutions for yourself.* We offer a range of services for adults and children including but not limited to:* Basic comprehensive evaluations* Modified testing for individuals with limited verbal or cognitive function* Acoustic impedance
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Sound Choice Hearing
(505) 565-7212
6500 Jefferson St NE Ste 260
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations - The audiometric evaluation consists of pure tone air and bone conduction testing. Testing pure tones is done to determine the degree of hearing loss and whether hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural. Speech audiometry is obtained to evaluate the individual’s ability to understand speech at an elevated comfortable volume. Speech discrimination is also tested to determine how much a person will understand when wearing hearing aids. Hearing Aid Dispensi
Hours
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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The Hearing Group
(505) 404-0684
1121 4th St NW Ste 1D
Albuquerque, NM
Services
* Audiological Evaluations for children, and adults * Full Range of Hearing Aid Technology * Live Speech Mapping * Total Audiological Care Plan * Industrial Hearing Testing * Cochlear Implant Services * Pediatric Services * Spanish Services available (247-4472) * Hearing Aid Evaluations/Consultations * Assistive Listening Devices * Wireless Solutions for TV, Cell Phones, and MP3 Players * Hearing Aid Service and Repair * Products for Musicians such as in-the-e
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audio Acoustics Hearing Center
(866) 653-7149
1000 W 4th St
Roswell, NM
Services
Audiology Services
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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Albuquerque Hearing Associates
(505) 859-7778
10700 Corrales Rd NW Ste I
Albuquerque, NM
Services
At Albuquerque Hearing Associates, it is our deepest desire to provide the highest level of service and state of the art technology. As our guest you can expect to receive the attention and care that you need in order to make the best decision regarding hearing solutions for yourself.* We offer a range of services for adults and children including but not limited to:* Basic comprehensive evaluations* Modified testing for individuals with limited verbal or cognitive function* Acoustic impedance
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Worth Hearing Center
(505) 807-0248
7520 Montgomery Blvd NE Bldg E15
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Worth Hearing Center is a locally owned and operated private audiology practice. The mission of Worth Hearing Center is to provide the most technically advanced hearing care in an atmosphere where patients are treated with kindness and the respect they deserve.Specific services, which are currently being provided, are:Diagnostic hearing evaluations, including pure tone testing (air and bone conduction), tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing Hearing aid evaluations and consultations Hearing ai
Hours
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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Albuquerque Speech, Language, Hearing Center
(505) 565-5820
9500 Montgomery Blvd NE Ste 215
Albuquerque, NM
Services
* Comprehensive hearing evaluations and screenings for children and adults* Industrial hearing screenings* Evaluation and selection of hearing instruments to meet your needs* Custom hearing aid fittings, including conventional and advanced digital instruments* Advice and counseling on the use and care of hearing aids* Live speech mapping to ensure maximum hearing aid benefit* Minor hearing aid repairs on-site, usually within 48 hours* Custom hearing products, including musicians’ earplu
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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ABQ Partners
(505) 859-7280
5400 Gibson Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM
Services
specialties and services Primary CarePrimary care physicians (PCPs) provide the majority of care for most patients. Patients choose an Adult Medicine/Travel Health, Family Medicine or Pediatric provider to serve as their PCP to coordinate their healthcare. Specialty CarePhysicians and medical professionals in a variety of specialty care practices are also available at ABQ Health Partners. Patients may be easily referred by their primary care physician to specialists as medical needs arise.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Albuquerque Speech, Language, Hearing Center
(505) 565-5820
9500 Montgomery Blvd NE Ste 215
Albuquerque, NM
Services
* Comprehensive hearing evaluations and screenings for children and adults* Industrial hearing screenings* Evaluation and selection of hearing instruments to meet your needs* Custom hearing aid fittings, including conventional and advanced digital instruments* Advice and counseling on the use and care of hearing aids* Live speech mapping to ensure maximum hearing aid benefit* Minor hearing aid repairs on-site, usually within 48 hours* Custom hearing products, including musicians’ earplu
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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Sound Choice Hearing
(505) 565-7212
6500 Jefferson St NE Ste 260
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations - The audiometric evaluation consists of pure tone air and bone conduction testing. Testing pure tones is done to determine the degree of hearing loss and whether hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural. Speech audiometry is obtained to evaluate the individual’s ability to understand speech at an elevated comfortable volume. Speech discrimination is also tested to determine how much a person will understand when wearing hearing aids. Hearing Aid Dispensi
Hours
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM 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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