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Phantom Sound Specialists Chesapeake VA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Chesapeake. 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.

Chesapeake Hearing Association
(757) 512-7927
500 Independence Pkwy Ste 100
Chesapeake, VA
Services
Allergey testingHearing TestingImmuno therapybalance Testing
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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
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Advanced Hearing Systems
(757) 337-4103
5441 Virginia Beach Blvd Ste 112
Virginia Beach, VA
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 - 01:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Solutions, PLLC
(804) 419-5036
14408 Sommerville Ct
Midlothian, VA
Services
* Audiological Evaluations for Adults and Children * Registered Site for VEDHI Newborn Screening * Middle Ear Analysis (tympanometry) * Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) * Cerumen Management * Hearing Aid Consultation and Demonstration * Quality Digital Hearing Technology * All-Make Repair and Service * 30 Day Trial Period * Hearing Instrument Accessories,Supplies,& Batteries * Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)* Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity* FM Systems * Amplified Phones *
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Vienna Fairoaks Hearing And
(703) 348-0158
3650 Joseph Siewick Dr Ste 309
Fairfax, VA
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Associates of Northern
(703) 539-5046
6862 Elm St Ste 120
Mc Lean, VA
Services
Hearing Associates of Northern Virginia offers a wide range of services to make your experience convenient and worry free. Here are just a few of the many services we offer: • Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations• Personalized Fittings• Extensive Free Follow Up• All Major Hearing Aid Brands• Staffed by Doctors of Audiology• In Office Demonstrations of Technology• Assistive Listening Devices• Hearing Aid Batteries• Musician’s Earplugs• Cus
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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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Virginia Hearing Consultants
(757) 301-4226
241 Corporate Blvd Ste 150
Norfolk, VA
Services
Clinical Services: Hearing evaluation (pediatric and adult) by licensed, doctorate level audiologists. Hearing aid evaluation and selection based on your individual needs. Hearing assistance technology evaluations.Dispensing Services: Digital hearing aids, all styles from major manufacturers such as Widex, Oticon and Phonak. Complete Hearing Healthcare Package including free batteries, hearing aid cleaning, and hearing tests. Effective communication strategy counseling for indi
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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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Sentara Hearing & Balance Center
(866) 413-9584
1950 Glenn Mitchell Dr Ste 310
Virginia Beach, VA
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Comprehensive hearing examinations, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid fittings, tinnitus evaluations, and balance testing.
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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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Chesapeake Hearing Association
(757) 512-7927
500 Independence Pkwy Ste 100
Chesapeake, VA
Services
Allergey testingHearing TestingImmuno therapybalance Testing
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
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Fairfax Hearing Center
(703) 539-5042
3299 Woodburn Rd Ste 300
Annandale, VA
Services
Fairfax Hearing Center is a full-service audiology center. We provide quality hearing health care during all stages including prevention, diagnostic, treatment, counselling, and after-care. Our services are tailored to meet each individual patient’s needs. * Hearing tests * Hearing aid evaluations * Tympanometry * Video ENG * Auditory brainstem response testing (ABR) * Otoacoustic emission testing (OAE) * Fitting and dispensing of hearing aids * Hearing aid repairs
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Virginia ENT Associates, PC
(804) 477-8612
161 Wadsworth Dr
Richmond, VA
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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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