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Phantom Sound Specialists Columbia SC

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.

Professional Hearing Aid Associates
(803) 708-7885
2750 Laurel St Ste 203
Columbia, SC
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Coastal Carolina
(843) 491-4161
915 Medical Cir
Myrtle Beach, SC
Services
Hearing Testing- Otoacoustic Emissions Complete Diagnostic Audiogram Tympanogram Auditory Evoked PotentialsBalance Evaluations- Videonystagmogrophy Electrocochleography Balance Rehabilitation ServicesHearing Aid Sales and Service- Hearing Aid Evaluations & Fittings Hearing Aid Repairs Hearing Conservation Custom Hearing Protection Custom Swim PlugsSpeech Pathology- Voice Evaluations & Therapy Swallowing Evaluations & Therapy Articulation Evaluations &
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Coastal Carolina
(888) 536-6816
1120 Glenns Bay Rd Ste 121
Myrtle Beach, SC
Services
Hearing Testing-Otoacoustic EmissionsComplete Diagnostic AudiogramTympanogramAuditory Evoked PotentialsBalance Evaluations-VideonystagmogrophyElectrocochleographyBalance Rehabilitation ServicesHearing Aid Sales and Service-Hearing Aid Evaluations & FittingsHearing Aid RepairsHearing Conservation Custom Hearing ProtectionCustom Swim PlugsSpeech Pathology-Voice Evaluations & TherapySwallowing Evaluations & TherapyArticulation Evaluations & TherapyLanguage Evaluations & TherapyPhysician ServicesTre
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SundayClosed
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Medical University of SC
(843) 628-1776
135 Rutledge St Rm 216
Charleston, SC
Services
MUSC Medical Center offers many services. These services are listed three different ways below: A to Z listing By the first letter of the service name (e.g., C - cancer) Centers, Services and Institutes A listing by clinical specialty and/or service Departments/Divisions A listing by academic department/division name in the university Medical Services A to Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W MUSC Centers, Services & Institutes Children''s Hospital Children''s H
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,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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Anderson Audiology Consults PA
(864) 642-0310
101 Broadbent Way
Anderson, SC
Hours
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Centa Hearing Center
(803) 767-4136
157 Corley Mill Rd
Lexington, SC
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday12:00 PM - 02:00 PM by Appointment
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Centa Hearing Center
(803) 767-4136
157 Corley Mill Rd
Lexington, SC
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday12:00 PM - 02:00 PM by Appointment
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Ann L. Widener PhD
(843) 474-0011
968 Ribaut Rd Ste 2
Beaufort, SC
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SundayClosed
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Audiology Associates
(864) 336-2885
410 E Henry St
Spartanburg, SC
Services
Clinical Services that provide a full range of diagnostic and rehabilitative audiologic and balance care in the Baltimore Metropolitian area and the Eastern Shore.Instrumentation Services that provide sales, service, and calibration of audiologic equipment for the Hearing Health Care Professional.Hearing Aid Services for the Audiologist that provide hearing aid dispensing services for non-dispensing audiologists throughout the United States.
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University ENT Assoc
(843) 628-0425
1280 Johnnie Dodds Blvd Unit 205
Mount Pleasant, SC
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 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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