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Phantom Sound Specialists Columbia MD

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Columbia. 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.

Maryland Audiology
(410) 988-2367
10025 Governor Warfield Pkwy Ste 410
Columbia, MD
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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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ENTAA Care - Columbia
(410) 881-0147
11085 Little Patuxent Pkwy Ste 101
Columbia, MD
Services
# Comprehensive hearing examinations and consultations# Dispensing, adjusting, programming, and repairing of traditional and digital hearing aids# Tests for dizziness and ear noises (tinnitis)# Central Auditory Processing evaluations# Custom ear plugs * Swim Plugs * Noise Protection Plugs * Musician''s Earplugs # Hearing Aid Accessories * Batteries * Cleaning Tools * Wax protection inserts n
Hours
SundayClosed
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ENTAA Care
(301) 476-1711
14201 Laurel Park Dr Ste 115
Laurel, MD
Hours
SundayClosed
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Maryland Audiology
(410) 988-2356
3449 Wilkens Ave Ste 200
Baltimore, MD
Services
Comprehensive hearing assessment, hearing aid fittings, service and repair, hearing aid supplies
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Solutions Audiology Center
(410) 774-0874
1413 Annapolis Rd Ste 104
Odenton, MD
Services
ADVANCED HEARING HEALTHCARE WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH.Hearing tests and hearing aids for all ages. Same Day Treatment Options Available. We determine the best hearing insturments for you based on results from your audiological evaluation, as well as your listening needs and your amplification goals. Give us the oppotunity to impress you.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Audiology Group
(410) 698-6169
8600 Snowden River Parkway Suite 309
Columbia, MD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Clarity Audiology and Hearing Solutions, LLC
(410) 988-4075
3460 Ellicott Center Drive Suite #102
Ellicott City, MD
Services
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Professionals, Inc
(301) 476-1150
14201 Laurel Park Dr Ste 109
Laurel, MD
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Audiologic Evaluations: AdultsAudiologic Evaluations: PediatricsCerumen ManagementComputerized Real-Ear Hearing Aid EquipmentHearing Aid Counseling & Follow-Up AppointmentsHearing Aid Maintenance ServiceHearing Aid SelectionNoise Protectors and Custom EarmoldsTinnitus EvaluationVestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
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SundayClosed
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ENTAA Care
(410) 881-0101
203 Hospital Dr Ste 200
Glen Burnie, MD
Services
Asthma Allergic Rhinitis (nasal allergies) Allergic diseases of the skin Food allergies Stinging insect allergies Drug hypersensitivity Latex hypersensitivity Anesthesia hypersesitivity •Comprehensive hearing examinations and consultations •Dispensing, adjusting, programming, and repairing of traditional and digital hearing aids •Tests for dizziness and ear noises (tinnitis)•Central Auditory Processing evaluations •Custom ear plugs?Swim Plugs ?Noise Protection Plugs ?Mus
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 07:00 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 - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Audiology Group
(410) 648-2211
7310 Ritchie Hwy Ste 316
Glen Burnie, MD
Hours
SundayClosed ,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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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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