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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
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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 ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Dubuque Otolaryngology
(888) 430-8029
310 N Grandview Ave
Dubuque, IA
Services
Allergy & sinus relief: complete & convenientSinus headaches, stuffy noses, allergy symptoms... most of us get them from time to time. But when sinus pain and pressure or serious allergy problems start interfering with your quality of life, it’s definitely time to see us. Our doctors, particularly Drs. Benda and White, offer the latest medical treatment and state-of-the-art surgical care to treat even the toughest sinus problems. Dr. Benda, our allergy specialist, and our allergy clinic te
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Korver ENT LLC
(888) 439-5039
909 Lincoln Cir SE Ste 2
Orange City, IA
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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
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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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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.
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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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Dennis Porto M.D.
(515) 657-6675
6000 University Ave Ste 230
West Des Moines, IA
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 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.
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SundayClosed
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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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Jorgensen Hearing Center
(888) 484-1759
920 N Grand Ave
Spencer, IA
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Iowa Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers
(888) 472-8592
214 S Iowa Ave
Washington, 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 ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,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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