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Phantom Sound Specialists Boise ID

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Boise. 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.

Treasure Valley Hearing &
(208) 350-6272
1084 N Cole Rd
Boise, ID
Services
We provide hearing evaluations for all ages. Tinnitus evaluations and solutions, batteries, custom hearing protection and molds for MP3 players, swimming, hunting, etc. We clean and check all brands of hearing aids. We sell batteries, amplified telephones and anything else necessary for your ears!
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Regional Hearing & Balance
(208) 881-9505
32 Madison Professional Park
Rexburg, ID
Services
Testing (all tests include history and otoscopy) Adult Hearing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation (standard hearing testing protocol): Pure tone Air and Bone Speech threshold Discrimination Tympanograms Reflexes Reflex decay Screen: Pure tone air only
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Treasure Valley Hrg &
(208) 546-0415
1463 Caldwell Blvd Ste 54
Nampa, ID
Services
The Friends & Family Better Hearing Program extends to employees, their friends and family, an exclusive hearing health benefit offering free testing and discounted hearing products. It provides you access to a relationship with the most experienced professionals in the industry, top quality patient care and and access to exceptional technology
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Hearing Aid Counselers
(208) 650-4081
1534 Overland Ave
Burley, ID
Services
• Free Hearing Screenings• Tympanometry• Hearing Aid Sales• Coping Strategies• Referral Programs• Assistive Device Sales• Offsite Assistance• Battery Club• Comprehensive Hearing Testing• Hearing Aid Demonstration• Speech Discrimination Testing• Insurance Assistance• Hearing Educational Seminars• Aural Rehabilitation• Extended Warranties• Special Financing OAC
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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Hearing Aid Counselors
(208) 944-2564
1239 Poleline Rd E Ste 314C
Twin Falls, ID
Services
•  Comprehensive Hearing Testing •  Hearing Aid Demonstration •  Speech Discrimination Testing •  Insurance Assistance •  Hearing Educational Seminars •  Aural Rehabilitation •  Extended Warranties •  Special Financing OAC* •  Free Hearing Screenings •  Tympanometry •  Hearing Aid Sales •  Coping Strategies •  Referral Programs •  Assistive Devi
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Treasure Valley Hrg &
(208) 546-0415
1463 Caldwell Blvd Ste 54
Nampa, ID
Services
The Friends & Family Better Hearing Program extends to employees, their friends and family, an exclusive hearing health benefit offering free testing and discounted hearing products. It provides you access to a relationship with the most experienced professionals in the industry, top quality patient care and and access to exceptional technology
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Pocatello Hearing Zone
(208) 904-0459
4155 Yellowstone Ave Pine Ridge Mall
Pocatello, ID
Services
What We Do We are committed to excellence in service. At Hearing Zone, you will be treated with kindness and respect. You will receive the most excellent technical service available from some of the most experienced and caring professionsals in the country. You will also be offered competitive pricing made possible by our three state buying power. We look forward to helping you hear better soon!
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment
Payment
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Treasure Valley Hearing &
(208) 350-6272
1084 N Cole Rd
Boise, ID
Services
We provide hearing evaluations for all ages. Tinnitus evaluations and solutions, batteries, custom hearing protection and molds for MP3 players, swimming, hunting, etc. We clean and check all brands of hearing aids. We sell batteries, amplified telephones and anything else necessary for your ears!
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Regional Hearing And
(208) 643-0848
3345 Merlin Dr Ste 200
Idaho Falls, ID
Services
Testing (all tests include history and otoscopy)Adult Hearing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation (standard hearing testing protocol):Pure tone Air and BoneSpeech threshold Discriminat Tympanograms ReflexReflex dec Screen: Pure tone air only Central Auditory ProcessingComprehensive Hearing evaluation Central Processing test batterySpeech in noise comprehension testing HINT (Used by some government agencies) SPRINT (MilitaQuick SIN Aided threshold Pediatric Hearing Newborn (Standard Protocol, p
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Valley E N T Group P A
(208) 816-4083
330 Warner Dr
Lewiston, ID
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 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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