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Phantom Sound Specialists Springfield MA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Springfield. 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.

Lawrence Prusak MA CCA
(413) 754-4919
299 Carew Street Suite 135
Springfield, MA
Services
At New England Hearing Aids, we affiliate with the best Hearing Aid manufacturers, provide the latest digital technology and instruments that will last indefinitely, enabling the audiologist to keep your prescription current through the years.Our professionals are skilled in the areas of diagnostic procedures, hearing aid selection and provision, assistive listening technology, listening skills related to learning disabilities, and development of effective communication skills through aural re
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Hampden Hearing Center East
(413) 754-4725
200 N Main St North Building Suite 103
East Longmeadow, MA
Services
DIAGNOSTIC HEARING EVALUATION, to measure your hearing and determine if help is needed.HEARING INSTRUMENT EVALUATION AND FITTING, including measurements with the instruments in your ears (Real Ear Measurement), to ensure that they provide you with optimal benefit for your individual hearing needs. We also review with you how to use and care for the devices. HEARING INSTRUMENT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE; please contact us if your hearing instrument is not working properly. Hearing devices occasionall
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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
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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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Clarke Hearing Center
(413) 268-6030
45 Round Hill Rd Bell Hall
Northampton, MA
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In addition to our school programs, Clarke also offers Birth to 3 services, Summer Programs , Mainstream Services, Educational Evaluations and Professional Training opportunities. We also offer hearing services for adults on our Northampton and Philadelphia campuses.
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Bay State Mary Lane Hospital
(888) 595-7440
85 South St
Ware, MA
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AmbulanceAnesthesiologyBaystate Visiting Nurse Association & HospiceBehavioral Health ServicesBlood Donor ProgramCancerCardiovascularDept. of MedicineEmergency MedicineEndoscopyHome Care & Home Medical SuppliesHome Infusion & Respiratory ServicesHospital MedicineNeurosciences
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Bay State Medical Center
(413) 279-9004
360 Birnie Ave
Springfield, MA
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Holyoke Hospital Inc.
(413) 315-5232
575 Beech St
Holyoke, MA
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Wing Memorial Hospital
(413) 284-4522
40 Wright St Dept Of Material Mgmnt
Palmer, MA
Services
Wing Memorial Hospital provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient health care services to meet the needs of the Quaboag Hills and Pioneer Valley. To learn more, select from the alphabetical list below.Because Wing Memorial Hospital is a member of UMass Memorial Health Care, our patients have direct access to highly specialized care that may not be available at the hospital. To view a list of all services provided at UMass Memorial hospitals, click on the link provided below.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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New England Hearing Aids
(413) 268-6019
735 Westhampton Rd Front Door Only
Florence, MA
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Advanced Hearing Solutions
(860) 640-4721
340 Broad St
Windsor, CT
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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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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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