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Phantom Sound Specialists Chicago IL

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Rush University Medical Center
(888) 751-2925
1611 W. Harrison Ste 530
Chicago, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Aid Svc.
(888) 310-0605
151 N Michigan Ave Apt 914
Chicago, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Center Inc.
(888) 618-3631
142 E Ontario St Ste 1100
Chicago, IL
Services
The Hearing Health Center is renowned for their skill in comprehensive hearing assessments, diagnosing and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders, and prescribing and individually tuning every type of hearing instrument and personal communication device available.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Resurrection Health Center
(773) 770-4079
2900 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL
Services
Addiction Services Alcohol/Drug Rehabilitation Allergy Services Alzheimer''s Care Arthritis/Rheumatology Services Assisted Living Centers Asthma Care Center Audiology Services BBaby Pictures Back and Neck Pain Center Balance Disorders Bariatric Programs Behavioral Health Services Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Breast Services/Mammography CCancer Services Cardiac Services Care-A-Van Transportation Center for Breast Care Chemical Dependency Treatment Child Care Centers Child Development Colon and
Hours
Sunday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Monday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
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Mac Neal Hospital
(708) 550-4836
3249 Oak Park Ave
Berwyn, IL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Service
(312) 265-3406
111 N Wabash Ave Ste 1618
Chicago, IL
Services
Professional care by experienced audiologists, convenient hours and location, discount parking, hearing aid cleaning, repair service, loaner instruments. We accept Medicare, Blue Cross Members First, HEAR USA/NECP, United Healthcare, UniCare and HFN.
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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing & Balance Center, P.C.
(877) 762-8153
233 E Erie St Ste 500
Chicago, IL
Services
Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsChoosing The Right Hearing AidPediatric Audiology & Auditory Processing EvaluationsTympanometryLive Speech MappingTinnitus Evaluation and ManagementVNG/ENG ExaminationsVestibular (Balance) AssessmentsABR ExaminationsAssistive Listening Devices (ALDs): FM SystemsCochlear Implant
Hours
SundayClosed
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Midwest Ear Nose & Throat Ltd.
(312) 267-0843
3 E Huron St Fl 1
Chicago, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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West Suburban Medical Center
(708) 321-4123
3 Erie Ct Ste 6120
Oak Park, IL
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SundayClosed
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University Of Chicago
(773) 295-7084
5835 S Cottage Grove Ave DCAM Room 4754
Chicago, IL
Hours
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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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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