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Phantom Sound Specialists Worcester MA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Worcester. 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.

Umass Memorial Rehab. Group
(508) 859-4023
15 Belmont St Ste 3
Worcester, MA
Hours
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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Better Hearing Solutions
(508) 859-4082
24 Park Ave
Worcester, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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American Hearing Aids Inc.
(508) 859-4022
475 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA
Services
We provide hearing testing, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, hearing aid repairs, batteries, assistive listening devices, storage and cleaning products for hearing aids, custom-made swim plugs, earmolds and musician''s ear pieces.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Mass Audiology LLC
(508) 436-2116
23 Midstate Dr Rear Entrance , Ste 202
Auburn, MA
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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McCracken
(508) 859-4081
91 McCracken Rd
Millbury, MA
Services
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SundayClosed
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Associates In Otolaryngology
(508) 859-4269
48 Elm St
Worcester, MA
Services
Hearing & AudiologyOur audiology department provides diagnostic hearing evaluations and comprehensive hearing aid services.Pediatric EvaluationsHearing loss may affect a child''s ability to learn as well as speech and language development. Early detection and intervention is important in the successful treatment of hearing loss in children.Testing is available for all age levels and includes evaluation of hearing ability and range.Adult EvaluationsComprehensive evaluations allow us to determine
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SundayClosed
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Susan Foley
(888) 577-5501
186 Fairmont Ave
Worcester, MA
Hours
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New England Hearing Instrument
(508) 439-4487
24 Julio Dr Ste 101
Shrewsbury, MA
Services
We offer The following services:Hearing assessment for all agesHearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids including digital technologyCounseling and rehabilitation for patients and their familiesAssistive listening devices for telephone, television, and public areasSwim molds, ear molds, and noise protectorsEvaluation and treatment for tinnitus
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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Aid Center At
(508) 859-4030
42 Southbridge St Receiving Department
Auburn, MA
Services
1. First we''ll consult with you on your lifestyle to determine your needs and expectations. The rhythms of your life, the environments you live in and your style of interaction will all figure into our recommendations.2. You will experience a free audiometric test*, including speech recognition in noise and loudness discomfort levels. The purpose of these procedures is to measure the degree of any possible impairment3. Once you complete your hearing assessment, you''ll know whether you have any
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SundayClosed
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Samina Khan DBA
(508) 859-4084
3 Garfield Drive
Westborough, MA
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 - 04:00 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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