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Phantom Sound Specialists Bellevue NE

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University Of Nebraska Medical
(402) 206-2267
668 S 41st St General Supply Doc 2603
Omaha, NE
Services
AudiologyEar, Nose, Throat ClinicHead & Neck ClinicOral Facial Prosthetics/Dental Oncology Clinic
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Boys Town National Research
(402) 206-2673
555 N 30th St
Omaha, NE
Services
* Patient Services* • Surgery Center10* • Ear, Nose & Throat* • Pedia10/31/1956trics* • Orthopaedics* • Allergy, Asthma & Pulmonolgy* • Pediatric Gastroenterology* • Pediatric Ophthalmology* • International Adoption Clinic* • Craniofacial/Cleft Palate Clinic* • Cochlear Implant Center* • Hearing & Balance Center* • Clinical Studies Sign Up* • Sleep Disorders Center
Hours
SundayClosed ,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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Glassman Hearing Aid Center
(402) 206-2904
12100 W Center Rd Ste 1205
Omaha, NE
Services
We have the technology to correctly identify your hearing aid needs. If you need a hearing device to hear better, we will provide close follow-up and post fitting care, and a guarantee of our work.Technology to correctly identify your problemThe first step on the road to better hearing begins by having your hearing tested. Most offices utilize only an audiometer to measure your hearing. At Glassman’s Hearing Aid Service you’ll find state of the art computers to evaluate, measure and
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Alegent Health Clinic, Ear Nose & Throat
(402) 575-9120
17030 Lakeside Hills Plz Ste 204
Omaha, NE
Services
complete audiometric evaluations - pediatric through geriatrichearing aid servicesreal ear measurementsbalance evaluations and treatmentauditory brainstem response testing
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
Payment
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Boys Town Med. Office
(402) 206-2751
14040 Boystown Road
Boys Town, NE
Services
If your child needs to see a doctor immediately during the evening, on weekends or holidays, Boys Town/Alegent Health Pediatric Express Care is conveniently located at Bergan Mercy Medical Center, 7500 Mercy Road, next to the emergency room.Because children’s needs are much different from adults, Boys Town Pediatrics works along side physicians in specialty medicine, who understand the unique needs of a growing child.Whether visiting for a routine checkup, an everyday illness or injury or
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Midwest Precision Hearing Instruments
(402) 575-9128
6846 Pacific St Ste 102
Omaha, NE
Services
Hearing tests.Hearing Aid salesHearing Aid repairs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic
(712) 587-9304
320 McKenzie Ave Ste 202
Council Bluffs, IA
Services
Balance and vestibular evaluationsHearing evaluations for infants, children and adultsHearing aid dispensingAssistive listening devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Boys Town Med. Office
(402) 206-2751
14040 Boystown Road
Boys Town, NE
Services
If your child needs to see a doctor immediately during the evening, on weekends or holidays, Boys Town/Alegent Health Pediatric Express Care is conveniently located at Bergan Mercy Medical Center, 7500 Mercy Road, next to the emergency room.Because children’s needs are much different from adults, Boys Town Pediatrics works along side physicians in specialty medicine, who understand the unique needs of a growing child.Whether visiting for a routine checkup, an everyday illness or injury or
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Alternative Hearing
(402) 835-4030
1355 32nd Ave
Columbus, NE
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Alegent Health Clinic, Ear Nose & Throat
(402) 575-9120
17030 Lakeside Hills Plz Ste 204
Omaha, NE
Services
complete audiometric evaluations - pediatric through geriatrichearing aid servicesreal ear measurementsbalance evaluations and treatmentauditory brainstem response testing
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
Payment
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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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