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Phantom Sound Specialists Claymont DE

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Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy Associates
(302) 793-9097
2700 Silverside Rd Ste 3A
Wilmington, DE
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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Nemours Health Clinic
(302) 793-9088
1801 Rockland Rd
Wilmington, DE
Services
Our hospital and clinics offer intensive and acute inpatient care and outpatient services covering more than 40 disciplines.Please select a service from the list below to learn more.Adolescent MedicineAllergy and Immune SystemAnesthesiologyAsthmaBehavioral HealthBlood Disorders (Hematology)Sickle Cell DiseaseCancer Care (Oncology)Bone Marrow TransplantCritical Care MedicineCystic FibrosisDental CareDevelopmental PediatricsDiabetesDiagnostic Referral ServiceDigestive Health (Gastroenterology)Dysl
Hours
SundayClosed
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Ask Physicians Hearing Centers
(610) 616-2343
301 W Chester Pike
Havertown, PA
Hours
SundayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Main Line Audiologists Consultants, PC
(610) 616-5094
2 Franklin Town Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
Services
Diagnostic audiometry Aural rehabilitation Behavioral audiometry Otoacoustic emissions testing Hearing instrument dispensing Tympanometry Hearing aid fitting, adjustments, and repairs Industrial hearing conservation and testing Assistive listening Devices Musicians'' in-the-ear monitors Musicians'' earmolds Swimmolds Central auditory testing Real ear measurements
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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E N T Associates
(610) 400-8477
80 West Welsh Pool Road #103 Exton Lionville Medical Arts
Exton, PA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Total Hearing Care - Wilmington
(302) 246-5340
2205 Silverside Rd
Wilmington, DE
Services
Authorized sales and service of major digital hearing aid brandsHearing Tests and EvaluationsHearing Aid Cleanings and AdjustmentsHearing Aid Battery SalesSales of Assisted Listening DevicesMedicaid Provider
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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ABC Hearing Net
(610) 400-8654
790 E Market St Ste 240
West Chester, PA
Services
Comprehensive audiological assessments Hearing Aid Evaluations Hearing Aids Tinnitus Assessment and Treatment Functional Communication Assessment Hearing therapy and auditory training Speechreading
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Advanced Hearing And Balance Care LLC
(610) 590-4053
30 S Valley Rd Suite 206
Paoli, PA
Services
Advanced Hearing & Balance Care dispenses hearing technology from several manufacturers, offering hearing diagnosis, fitting and rehabilitation. Also, offer vestibular testing, assessment and rehabilitation. Accepts most insurances, including Medicare, UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, BlueCross/BlueShield, Coventry, Oxford, etc.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 06:30 PM ,Friday09:30 PM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hear MD
(856) 292-6812
620 N Broad St Ste 1
Woodbury, NJ
Services
A diagnostic audiogram reveals whether a hearing loss is present. The Middle Ear Test or ''impedance test'' determines if the eardrum is mobile, if the middle ear is properly aerated and whether the acoustic reflexes are present. In some instances, based on the findings, advanced tests will be performed to more precisely determine the site of hearing loss.
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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Main Line Audiology
(610) 616-5076
916 Montgomery Ave
Narberth, PA
Services
Diagnostic audiometry Aural rehabilitation Behavioral audiometry Otoacoustic emissions testing Hearing instrument dispensing Tympanometry Hearing aid fitting, adjustments, and repairs Industrial hearing conservation and testing Assistive listening Devices Musicians'' in-the-ear monitors Musicians'' earmolds Swimmolds Central auditory testing Real ear measurements
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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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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