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Phantom Sound Specialists Rochester NH

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Rochester. 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.

Sound Advice Hearing Centers
(888) 453-6516
165 Rochester Hill Rd Unit #3
Rochester, NH
Services
Sound Advice Hearing Centers, Inc. has five easy locations in Plymouth, New London, Keene, Exeter and Rochester.Our Services include:ASSESSMENT * Objective hearing testing to determine the nature and degree of your hearing loss * Subjective assessment of your needs and significant other''s perceptions to establish and prioritize desired communication outcomes.REFERRAL * If warranted, appropriate referral to a physician for more in-depth diagnostic work or medical interventionEDUCATION/C
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Family Ear, Nose & Throat
(888) 331-9492
518 US Route 1 Suite A-8
Kittery, ME
Services
* Diagnostic audiological evaluations from a nationally certified, state licensed audiologist* Ear, nose & throat physician consultation and earwax removal* hearing aid evaluations and demonstrations* hearing aid dispensing* battery and hearing aid accessory sales * hearing loss and hearing aid education* medical, surgical and rehabilitative options for hearing loss treatment
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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Sound Advice Hearing Ctrs Inc
(603) 583-4773
21 Hampton Rd Ste 103
Exeter, NH
Services
ASSESSMENTObjective hearing testing to determine the nature and degree of your hearing lossSubjective assessment of your needs and significant other''s perceptions to establish and prioritize desired communication outcomes.REFERRALIf warranted, appropriate referral to a physician for more in-depth diagnostic work or medical interventionEDUCATION/CONSULTATIONDiscussion of your results and how the degree of loss and its configuration likely impacts your communication in various listening situation
Hours
SundayClosed
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Keith D Jorgensen MD
(603) 329-3407
44 Birch St Ste 304
Derry, NH
Services
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck SurgeryEndoscopic Sinus SurgeryTreatment for SnoringFacial Plastic SurgeryCertified through CLIA to perform IgE testingSkin testing for inhalant allergiesImmunotherapy with shots and dropsComplete audiological testing – air, bone and speech discriminationPediatric audiometryComplete hearing aid assessments, fittings, repairs, and care
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Center LLC
(888) 451-7523
130 Tarrytown Rd
Manchester, NH
Services
Repairs, Maintenance, Cleanings, 2 Year Warranty ON ALL HEARING AIDS SOLD.Our staff emphasizes ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aids. We encourage all of our patients to come in for a regular hearing aid evaluation and cleaning.
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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Seacoast Hearing Center
(603) 379-6031
599 Lafayette Road Unit 2
Portsmouth, NH
Services
* Audiometric Evaluations: Adults Comprehensive hearing evaluation including speech, air and bone conduction testing * Hearing Aid checks Complete cleaning, retubing and listening check of the instrument. May also include replacement of battery door, trimmer cover and wax spring. * Hearing Aid evaluations Consultation and discussion of patient’s options based on brief personal history and audiometric results. Demo of hearing instrument also available. * Hearing Aid:
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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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene
(603) 399-5048
117 Railroad St
Keene, NH
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Solutions
(603) 736-7035
66 Pleasant St
Concord, NH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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FAMILY HEARING CENTER
(603) 769-3103
159 Main Dunstable Rd Ste 207
Nashua, NH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Better Hearing Center, Inc.
(603) 565-0014
2 Industrial Park Dr Ste 12
Concord, NH
Services
Comprehensive diagnostic hearing exams for patients of all ages with two audiologist on staff. In addition we offer counseling on hearing health, all types and brands of hearing aids, hearing aid evaluations, repairs and batteries. Better Hearing Center, Inc. also offers a complete line of assistive listening devices including the newest bluetooth technolgy.
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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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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