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Phantom Sound Specialists Chesterfield VA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Chesterfield. 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.

Virginia ENT Associates, PC
(804) 477-8612
161 Wadsworth Dr
Richmond, VA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Commonwealth ENT Specialists
(804) 419-5146
14051 St Francis Blvd Ste 2211
Midlothian, VA
Services
Adult & Pediatric Otolaryngology • Cosmetic Facial Surgery • Audiology & Hearing Aids
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Clinics Of Virginia
(804) 419-5447
9220 Forest Hill Ave Ste A4
Richmond, VA
Services
HCVA provides the most thorough and complete treatment in hearing loss and conservation. For our patients, we offer complete hearing health care, diagnostic testing, servicing, enhancements, aural rehabilitation and conservation. Our services include:This is a timeline of what to expect when partnering with HCVA to improve your hearing:Free consultation & screeningFull diagnostic audiological evaluationHearing aid options40 day trial periodLifetime maintenance & multi-year warrantiesLifetime fre
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SundayClosed
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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 *
Hours
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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ENT Specialist Of Central
(804) 708-7744
1800 Glenside Dr Ste 120
Richmond, VA
Services
Otolaryngology Head & NeckComprehensive treatment and surgery for disorders of the Ear, Nose & Throat by a team of Board Certified Surgeons and highly trained healthcare professionals. Physicians Hearing ServicesSpecialized rehabilitative hearing services focused on counseling, an individualized process of hearing aid consultation, evaluation and fitting, and hearing evaluations from a highly educated staff of Audiologists. Diagnostic AudiologyComprehensive diagnostic services provided by a tea
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Sunday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Virginia Professional HAC
(804) 419-5059
620 Moorefield Park Dr Ste 100
Richmond, VA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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ENT Specialist Of Central
(804) 419-5360
1405 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, VA
Services
Complete Hearing Diagnostics CenterHearing Aids and Hearing Aid FittingDot™ by ReSoundBe by ReSound - Invisable Hearing AidDigital Hearing AidsOpen Ear Fitting Hearing AidsEar Implants (BAHA)Dash Digital Hearing AidTinnitus ManagementSpring Special - ReSounds'' New Ziga digital hearing instrumentBalance Disorder - VertigoMeniere''s Disease ManagementEvaluation of vertigo/balance - videonystagmography (VNG)Electrophysiological testing - auditory brainstem response testing (ABR)Hearing testi
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MCV Associated Physicians
(804) 419-5165
8700 Stony Point Pkwy Ste 220
Richmond, VA
Services
Acute Otitis Media Adenoidal Hypertrophy Age-related Hearing Loss Allergic Rhinitis Aural PolypsBenign Ear Cyst or TumorChronic Otitis ExternaChronic Otitis MediaChronic SinusitisEar BarotraumaEpiglottiti EthmoiditisEustachian Tube PatencyFacial Nerve PalsyFusion of the Ear BonesInfectious MyringitisLuvenile Angiofibroma LabryinthitisMalignant Otitis ExternaMastoiditis Meniere''s Disease or Syndrome Nasal Polyps Occupational Hearing Loss Otitis Otosclerosis Peritonsillar Abscess Ruptured
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 03:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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VCU Audiology/MCV Hospital
(804) 419-5164
403 N 11th St 3rd Floor
Richmond, VA
Services
VCU Audiology provides a wide range of hearing diagnostic and amplification/management options for all ages (birth through adult). Clinical services provided include: •Behavioral evaluation•Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)•Immittance audiometry (tympanometry and acoustic reflexes)•Otoacoustic emissions (OAE)•Assessment of balance (vestibular) function is also available for adults.
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
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Hearing Clinics Of Virginia
(804) 419-5163
5501 Patterson Ave Ste 100
Richmond, VA
Services
Hearing Clinics of Virginia is an independent group audiology practice with offices across the Richmond area. Our audiologists all hold advanced degrees in audiology and collectively have over 100 years of clinical HCVA experience in Central Virginia.
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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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