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Phantom Sound Specialists Columbus GA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Columbus. 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.

Westech Hearing
(706) 405-4732
4401 Armour Rd
Columbus, GA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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South Georgia Audiology and
(229) 233-4417
305 W Hansell St
Thomasville, GA
Services
Diagnostic AudiologyHearing AidsCustom Hearing ProtectionHearing EvaluationsOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Balance Testing Electronystagmography (ENG)Pediatrics through adults
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 PM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing & Balance Ct
(912) 289-4900
3228 Shrine Rd
Brunswick, GA
Services
Advanced Hearing & Balance Center
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Westech Hearing
(706) 405-4732
4401 Armour Rd
Columbus, GA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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ENT & Allergy Associates
(229) 796-4188
1610 John Orr Dr Bldg H
Tifton, GA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Columbus Speech & Hearing Ctr.
(706) 405-4361
2424 Double Churches Road
Columbus, GA
Services
Hearing Services •Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation•Otoacoustic Emissions Testing•Hearing Aid Evaluation/Demonstration•Hearing Aid Sales/Repairs/Accessories•Auditory Brainstem Response Testing?Sleep Deprived?Sedated•ENG/VNG Dizzy/Balance Study Testing•Complete Hearing Healthcare Speech Language Services •Speech Language Evaluation/Therapy•Voice Evaluation/Therapy•Swallowing Evaluation/Therapy•Fluency Evaluation/Therapy•Reading Evaluation
Hours
SundayClosed ,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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Emory Audiology And Hearing
(888) 591-2106
4045 Johns Creek Pkwy Ste B
Suwanee, GA
Services
Cancer Care (Oncology)Dermatology (Skin Care) & Wound HealingEar, Nose and ThroatEye CareGeriatricsHeart and Vascular ServicesKidney Disease and DialysisMental HealthNeurology and NeurosurgeryOral SurgeryOrthopaedics, Spine Care, Sports MedicinePediatric SubspecialtiesPlastic and Cosmetic SurgeryPrimary CarePulmonary Care (Lung)Radiology and ImagingRehabilitation ServicesSurgeryTransplantTravel and Infectious DiseasesUrologyWeight Loss (Bariatrics)Women''s Health
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Atlanta Hearing Doctor
(404) 418-6105
5885 Glenridge Dr NE Ste 200
Atlanta, GA
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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Hearing Doctors Of Georgia
(888) 485-1972
550 Eagles Landing Pkwy Ste 201
Stockbridge, GA
Services
information counseling, noise generators, high frequency emphasis hearing aids, and specially tuned noise plugs. Most patients while not being cured can, with help, live successfully with this frustrating situation.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,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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Hearing Doctors Of Georgia
(888) 480-2081
1260 Highway 54 W Ste 203
Fayetteville, GA
Services
Nearly 35 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. Research shows that untreated hearing loss can cause loss of income, isolation, frustration, and health related problems. The Better Hearing Institute is a nonprofit organization that reports each year on the negative effects of hearing loss and also on how successful today’s hearing aid technology is at correcting hearing loss.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,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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