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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
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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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Hearing Doctors Of Georgia
(404) 492-6973
2789 Clairmont Rd NE
Atlanta, 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.Hearing Doctors of Georgia are able to test hearing on any age person from birth to adult. Each of our office
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Ultratone Hearing Aid Center
(888) 578-9819
7447 Douglas Blvd Suite 105
Douglasville, GA
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•Hearing health history work-up•Video-otoscopy inspection of the ear•Free medical referral if needed•Air and bone conduction testing•Speech and loudness growth tests•Electronic hearing aid evaluation•On site state-of-the-art servicing lab•Factory direct on all special order instruments•All make hearing instrument repair•Custom ear mold couplers•Hearing instrument parts and accessories•Assistive listening devices
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Sunday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Doctors Of Georgia
(888) 480-2081
1260 Highway 54 W Ste 203
Fayetteville, GA
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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.
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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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Atlanta Institute For ENT
(404) 418-6032
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE Ste 1280
Atlanta, GA
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Allergy TestingAllergy tests are used to determine the specific substances that cause an allergic reaction in an individual. They may also be used to determine if a group of symptoms is a true allergic reaction (involving antibodies and histamine release). Some food intolerances, in which there is an inability to digest a food because of lack of appropriate enzymes, mimic allergies. Some drugs, such as aspirin, can cause allergy-like symptoms but without the formation of antibodies or the releas
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Columbus Speech & Hearing Ctr.
(706) 405-4361
2424 Double Churches Road
Columbus, GA
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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
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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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Audiology At Home
(888) 314-6142
3939 Lavista Rd Ste E390
Tucker, GA
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* Audiological Assessment both on and off premises o Otoacoustic Emissions o Pure tone Audiometry o Speech Audiometry o Middle Ear Analysis * Hearing aid services and repairs * Hearing aid counseling * Aural Rehabilitation including the LACE program * Cerumen Management
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Mukund Raja MD
(770) 872-0124
475 Philip Blvd Ste 201
Lawrenceville, GA
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Univ. Speech & Hearing Center
(706) 955-1744
1430 Harper St Ste 3
Augusta, GA
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SundayClosed
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Southern Otologic Clinic PC
(706) 955-2209
818 Saint Sebastian Way Ste 204
Augusta, GA
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* Office placement of ventilation tubes using the laser (OtoLAM) with topical anesthesia for most children and adults experiencing hearing loss and ear infections due to persistent middle ear fluid. * Argon laser stapedectomy for the hearing loss of otosclerosis. * Tympanoplasty, Mastoidectomy procedures for hearing loss, infection, perforation, cholesteatoma. * Medical treatment, the Meniett, endolymphatic sac surgery, intratympanic gentamicin and other treatments for Meniere’s
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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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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