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Phantom Sound Specialists Avon Lake OH

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Avon Lake. 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.

Cleveland Clinic Westlake
(440) 249-7013
30033 Clemens Rd Fl 3
Westlake, OH
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SundayClosed
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(440) 580-4339
16761 Southpark Ctr
Strongsville, OH
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SundayClosed
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Kent State University
(888) 459-3711
1325 Theatre Drive Room A104 Music & Speech Bldg
Kent, OH
Services
The Speech and Hearing Clinic provides a broad range of services for people of all ages with hearing and language impairments. The full-service clinic diagnoses speech and hearing disorders, and provides therapy and treatment. The clinic also fits, distributes and repairs hearing aids.
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SundayClosed
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Cleveland Hearing And Speech
(216) 586-3149
11635 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
Services
Hearing and Hearing Loss Hearing Testing Auditory Processing Testing Hearing Aids Other Listening Devices Noise and Hearing Conservation Community Outreach and Education
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SundayClosed
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Integrated Hearing Health
(614) 335-4104
870 N High St Ste 105
Columbus, OH
Services
Hearing evaluations for infants, children and adults.Hearing aid consultations, sales, fitting, and repair.Auditory processing testingCustom hearing protection for noise, music, swimming.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(440) 328-4942
5700 Cooper Foster Park Rd W
Lorain, OH
Services
The Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute brings together more than 30 medical, surgical and research specialists to offer patients the full range of aesthetic, reconstructive and dermatologic procedures. Dermatologists and/or plastic surgeons practice at 11 locations throughout Northeast Ohio.
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hetsko Audiology, Inc.
(440) 776-8424
224 W Lorain St Ste D
Oberlin, OH
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Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationsUsing state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, Oberlin Hearing Care is Lorain County''s premier hearing assessment and hearing aid dispensing facility. We provide comprehensive hearing evaluations for children (5 years and older) and adults. From video-otoscopy to otoacoustic emissions, we''ll evaluate and define your hearing problem completely and provide solutions for treatment and remediation.Hearing Aid Selection and FittingOberlin Hearing Care was the firs
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George P. Bauer, M.D.
(513) 360-4117
2960 Mack Rd Ste 107
Fairfield, OH
Services
Services for Adults and Children: * Medical treatment of of ear, nose, and throat disorders * Evaluation and management of dizziness, balance/gait disorders * Evaluation and management of ringing in the ears (tinnitus) * Evaluation and management of hearing loss * Hearing testing * Hearing aid evaluation and dispensing * Balance testing * Evaluation and management of facial nerve disordersSurgical Services for Adults and Children
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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J. K. Hearing Center
(440) 969-6410
170 Huntington Trail
Cortland, OH
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Flower Hospital
(734) 888-4083
5300 Harroun Rd Ste 218
Sylvania, OH
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SundayClosed
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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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