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Phantom Sound Specialists Aurora IL

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Aurora. 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.

Affordable Hearing Solutions
(630) 608-4504
1935 Springbrook Square Drive Suite 109
Naperville, IL
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Hearing Specialists Of DuPage
(630) 225-7048
55 E Loop Rd Ste 204
Wheaton, IL
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Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations, all agesTinnitus Evaluations and TreatmentHearing Aid Consultation utilizing the newest in advanced digital hearing aids, all sizes availableCompetitive prices with choices from over 7 different hearing aid manufacturersComputerized hearing aid testing and adjustmentsDeep vacuum cleaning of hearing aids. Repair services with extended warrenty and hearing aid insurance availableAssistive Listening Devices i.e. amplified phones, TV listening devices, amplified al
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Loyola Hearing Center
(708) 298-0294
6440 Main St Ste 120
Woodridge, IL
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Steinwart Audiology & Speech
(630) 608-4576
1411 S Bridge St
Yorkville, IL
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Dupage Medical Group
(630) 592-4542
1801 S Highland Ave Ste 220
Lombard, IL
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Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Center Inc.
(630) 225-7056
636 Raymond Dr Ste 203
Naperville, IL
Services
The Hearing Health Center is renowned for their skill in comprehensive hearing assessments, diagnosing and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders, and prescribing and individually tuning every type of hearing instrument and personal communication device available.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 AM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 07:00 AM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment
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Loyola Primary Care Center
(630) 225-7023
140 E Loop Rd
Wheaton, IL
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Audiologic Services
(630) 246-2195
501 Thorn Hill Dr
Carol Stream, IL
Services
Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss is suspected, an appointment with one of our certified Audiologists should be made for the purposes of testing and evaluation.After the age of 50, a regular hearing test should be considered as important as ones yearly physical checkup.Testing is painless, comfortable and safe. Basically, it consists of answering questions about your hearing health, recognizing everyday words at different volume levels, and identifying different sounds. Your ability to hear ea
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Audiologic Services
(630) 225-7052
487 Pennsylvania Ave
Glen Ellyn, IL
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Diagnostic TestingVNG Test - Videonystagmography
Hours
Sunday11:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Monday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Susan Rogan Hearing Inc.
(630) 487-5130
319 W Ogden Ave
Westmont, IL
Services
HEARING INSTRUMENT SERVICES• Customized and prescription hearing aid fittings• Digital and programmable hearing aid programming• Computerized analysis of all hearing devices• On site and factory hearing instrument repairs (all makes)• Assistive listening devices:Hearing Instrument ServicesAssistive listening devices• Phone and TV amplifiers• Telephone and Doorbell alerting Systems• TDDs and accessories• Bluetooth Cell Phone Ear Sets• Customized e
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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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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