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Phantom Sound Specialists Cedar Rapids IA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Cedar Rapids. 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.

Eastern Iowa Hearing Aid Svc.
(319) 540-8092
5436 Blairs Forest Way NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
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 ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Berry Hearing Aid & Audiology Centers
(888) 903-4460
9 N 18th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Services
Hearing Evaluations for infants through adults, hearing aid sales & service, aural habilitation, assistive listening devices, swim molds, custom sound protection molds, etc.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Consultants, P.C.
(877) 341-9543
2215 E 52nd St Ste 2
Davenport, IA
Services
Diagnostic hearing tests, hearing aid dispensing, diagnostic VNG testins
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Wolfe Clinic Pc
(888) 471-4259
309 E Church St
Marshalltown, IA
Services
At Wolfe Eye Clinic, we provide a complete range of services including comprehensive eye care, hearing services and assistance with disorders of the ear, nose and throat. Our physicians provide comprehensive diagnostic services and personalized treatment using the most current, state-of-the-art equipment and procedures available. We apply the latest techniques and the most advanced technology in order to provide the highest quality care possible. In addition to general services, the physicians a
Hours
SundayClosed
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Kayser Hearing Aid
(515) 657-6467
3529 E 26th St
Des Moines, IA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mercy E N T Clinic
(515) 657-6472
1601 NW 114th St Ste 230
Clive, IA
Services
Services offered are:-Family Practice - Care of the whole family & adult immunizationInternal Medicine - Primary care for adults. Specializing in chronic illness carePediatrics - Care & immunization for childrenSurgery - Bariatric Surgery and Mercy Weight Loss & Nutrition Center Breast Surgery and Katzmann Breast Clinic Colo-rectal Surgery General Surgery Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery) Trauma Surgery Gynecologic Oncology Surgery - Specializing in women'
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Iowa Hearing Clinics
(319) 493-3257
2055 Kimball Ave Ste 300
Waterloo, IA
Services
The hearing products offered by Iowa Hearing Clinics represent an array of choices which means we can target the best technology to meet your need.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Iowa Audiology & Hearing Aid
(515) 657-6471
3901 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
Services
The main office of Iowa Audiology and Hearing Aid Centers has been at the same location since it was founded in 1981. We offer a long list of exclusive services available only from professional audiologists with many years of education and experience in this increasingly technological field.# Hearing evaluation by Doctors of Audiology at all sites.# Diagnosis and audiologic management/treatment of hearing problems# Hearing aid prescription and fitting, using the latest digital hearing aid tech
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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McFarland Clinic PC
(888) 588-1190
1215 Duff Ave PO Box 3014
Ames, IA
Services
Medical Specialties Medical Services Adult Medicine Audiology Allergy - Immunology Breast Center/Mammography Anesthesiology Clinical Research Cardiology Eye Wear Services Dermatology/Mohs Surgery Hearing Aid Evaluations Emergency Medicine International Travel Clinic Endocrinology/Metabolism Laboratory Family Medicine Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine Gastroenterology - Sports Enhancement Program Gerontology Technical Services Hematology and Oncology Urgent Care Infectious Disease Vein Clinic N
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 ,Saturday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Iowa Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers
(319) 471-4190
PO Box 5637
Coralville, IA
Services
Hearing evaluation by Doctors of Audiology at all sites. Diagnosis and audiologic management/treatment of hearing problems Hearing aid prescription and fitting, using the latest digital hearing aid technology available. Speech mapping - documentation of hearing benefits Personalized Auditory Rehabilitation Program Comprehensive Patient Care Program Ear cleaning (wax removal) In-home, nursing home and hospital evaluations and follow up In-house hearing aid repair lab Handicapped accessibility at
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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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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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