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Musical Ear Syndrome Treatment Caldwell ID

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Russell Turner Snow
(208) 454-2050
119 West Logan Street
Caldwell, ID
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(208) 884-2980
215 E Hawaii Ave
Nampa, ID
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(208) 454-2050
119 W LOGAN ST STE A
Caldwell, ID
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Kathryn Mcmullan, Md
(208) 938-4080
323 E RIVERSIDE DR#234
Eagle, ID
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Jeffrey Daniel Burry
(208) 746-0193
330 Warner Dr
Lewiston, ID
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(208) 467-2129
1615 12th Ave Rd
Nampa, ID
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(208) 888-4368
520 S Eagle Rd
Meridian, ID
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(208) 442-8222
210 W GEORGIA
Nampa, ID
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1463 Caldwell Blvd Ste 54
Nampa, ID
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3200 Channing Way
Idaho Falls, ID
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July 25, 2010: 10:53 am: Dr. Neil Musical Ear Syndrome

Hearing Phantom Music in Elderly People

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A concerned daughter wrote:

My mother is hearing a repetitive song and I would like to know what I can do for her. She is 99 years old, very hard of hearing, and because she does not hear people, has withdrawn and spends a lot of time alone. Even though I have told her that it is all in her head, she still keeps referring to the lady next door playing her music.

Being elderly, having a hearing loss, withdrawing, and being alone in a quiet environment are all factors that predispose people to hearing phantom music. The name for this condition is Musical Ear Syndrome (MES).

You can’t do anything about your mother’s age, but you can help her with the other factors. For example, she needs to enrich her environment with real sounds. She can do this by getting and wearing hearing aids, or by using various assistive listening devices that let her hear people talking to her. The more she stimulates her brain with real sound, the less time her brain will have to play the phantom sounds.

Getting her involved with people again—probably only one at a time since it is difficult to understand people in groups when you have a severe hearing loss—will give her something to focus on besides her phantom music.

When a person withdraws, they generally feel depressed and that often means they also focus on things going wrong with their bodies such as the phantom music your mom is hearing. The best way to treat this depression is to become involved in life again.

Incidentally, I have found that it is very hard to get people over the age of 85 or so to understand that the music they are hearing is phantom. They can’t seem to get it through their heads that this music is not real, so that approach may be a losing battle. Also, they may refuse to accept that what they are hearing is phantom because to them, hearing phantom sounds equates with being crazy, and no one wants to admit to that. Thus they continue to blame the music on others (neighbors).

Furthermore, since the phantom music seems to have directionality—coming from the lady next door—it is even more difficult to convince an elderly person that this music is not real, but phantom.

The trick is to get your mother’s mind focused on other things (and thus off her phantom music) by having her become involved in various activities again. When people do this, their phantom music often fades into the background to some degree.

Unfortunately, her phantom music may come back at night when her mind isn’t focused on anything. If her hearing loss isn’t too great, she could listen to real music on a bedside radio to mask the phantom music while she falls asleep, but if her loss is too severe (lik...

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Musical Ear Syndrome (MES)

Musical Ear Syndrome
 

The Phantom Voices, Ethereal Music & Other Spooky Sounds Many Hard of Hearing People Secretly Experience

© 2005 by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

Marilyn woke with a start, her heart pounding. It was the middle of the night. "I thought people were calling to me," she explained. "I became truly frightened when I realized that I was deaf and should not be able to hear voices."

"My wife hears music that is not there," Harry writes. "The first song she heard was Silent Night sung by a very good choir of mostly men. It came in quite loud. A day later it was the Vienna Waltz over and over again so clear it was like being at a musical production."

"I would often lie half awake in the quietness of the early morning and hear a phantom radio," Dick recalls. "A guy would be talking like they did in the 50s. Kind of a monotone voice and all the advertisements like they did back then. It always sounded so real."

"Late at night when I don't have my hearing aids on," Carolyn relates, "I am absolutely sure I hear trucks and bulldozers working right outside our bedroom windows. We are the only ones living on our little country lane. There's no traffic of any kind outside my bedroom windows. My husband swears there are no noises at all."

"Years ago," Sherry remembers, "when my dad would take me flying in his little two-seater wind-knocker airplane, I used to hear strange music. The music sounded like the full Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Since I was quite young, I thought it was angels singing."

Julie's father-in-law mainly hears loud music when alone in his apartment, oftentimes in the middle of the night. Julie explains, "He has taken to knocking on the downstairs landlady's door at 3 A.M. telling her to turn the music down. I have been with him a few times when he heard the music, but I couldn't hear a thing."

"I was afraid I was going nuts when I thought I was hearing things in my head after my CI surgery," Heather remembers. "On the morning after the surgery, I was hearing what sounded like music from a radio. I heard that every day from my surgery until I was hooked up. It almost drove me nuts. Yet, I never said one word to anyone about it because I didn't want them to think I was crazy."

What do these people have in common? They are all hard of hearing, and they all hear strange phantom voices, ethereal music or other spooky sounds that no one else hears. Nor are they alone. Thousands of other hard of hearing people "hear" similar phantom sounds, yet they never tell a soul because they are afraid of the dreaded "H" word. They are terrified someone will discover their "shameful" secret—that they experience auditory hallucinations.

Hallucinations—the very word conjures up visions of phantom voices, padded cells and professio...

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Will Lipoflavonoids Help Musical Ear Syndrome?

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January 2, 2006: 9:22 am: Dr. Neil Musical Ear Syndrome

Will Lipoflavonoids Help Musical Ear Syndrome?

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A man asked:

When you have Musical Ear syndrome (MES) and it is bothering you quite bad and you are desperate for relief would you reccomend the use of Lipoflavonoid? It is a nutritional supplement sometimes prescribed for people with Meniere’s Disease.

Good question. It certainly would not be my first choice. Not because it is bad for your ears–on the contrary–but because it does not address the real problem.

The basic purpose of the lipoflavonoid formulation is to increase blood flow to your inner ears. If the ear problems you have are related to lack of adequate blood flow, then such a formulation will help–as it does in some cases of tinnitus. However, there are many cases of tinnitus that do not respond to such formulations for the simple reason that the majority of cases of tinnitus are not caused by a lack of blood flow in the inner ear.

In the case of Musical Ear Syndrome, I am not aware of inner ear blood flow being the underlying problem. Hence, I would not expect the lipoflavonoid formulation to be of any help. At the same time, feel free to try it as it is not going to hurt your ears at all and may do some good things. If it reduces your MES, then you have discovered something new and I’d like to know about it.

For about the same amount of money, you could get my book “ Phantom Voices, Ethereal Music & Other Spooky Sounds ” which explains in detail what is known about the causes of MES and the 8 steps to take in working to get it to go away.

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