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Try taking her collar off for eating.
Some of our dog tags have a rubber edging that you can apply to dull the sound of the tags hitting the bowl (and my husband sleeps better when they have them on too).
Try using a smaller bowl - her eyes will be above the rim and she can see that there is no one around her.
You could also condition her to the sound of the tags hitting the bowls. Take her collar off, hit the side of the bowl with the tags and give her a treat. It won't take long until she associates that sound with something good. You may need to toss a treat in her bowl when the tags hit the bowl - just until she makes the connection of the sound while she is eating. Slowly back off to a treat every other sound, then every thrid, etc. And treats can be very small pieces of anything she likes.