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Phantom Sound Specialists Columbus OH

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.

Ohio State University
(614) 385-1541
1070 Carmack Rd 141 Pressey Hall
Columbus, OH
Services
Audiology Services Include: Audiological Evaluations for Pediatrics and Adults, Auditory Processing Evaluations, Tinnitus Evaluations, Hearing Aid Sales and Service, Assistive Listening Devices, Custom Hearing Conservation and Swim Molds
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 PM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Luebbe Hearing Aid Center Inc.
(614) 454-3599
5074 N High St
Columbus, OH
Services
Diagnostic TestingTinnitus Evaluation and TreatmentDispensing of Digital Hearing AidsHearing Aid Checks and ServicingAssistive Listening Devices (ALDs
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Earzlink Hearing Care
(614) 385-1540
6500 E Main St
Reynoldsburg, OH
Services
Hearing EvaluationsThis is the first step needed to identify whether or not a hearing loss is present. We start with an otoscopic inspection of your ear canal and tympanic membrane (eardrum), to ensure that there are no obstructions or abnormalities.Followed by... Sound Field testing: a series of one-syllable words presented at normal conversation volume measuring your initial speech discrimination ability.Air Conduction testing: a series of tones at different volumes and frequencies, testing ho
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Solutions
(614) 335-4127
974 Bethel Road
Columbus, OH
Specialty
Hearing Aid Sales and Fitting, Hearing Aid Repair, Diagnostic Hearing Tests, Custom Ear Protection, Ear Wax Removal

Integrated Hearing Health
(614) 335-4104
870 N High St Ste 105
Columbus, OH
Services
Hearing evaluations for infants, children and adults.Hearing aid consultations, sales, fitting, and repair.Auditory processing testingCustom hearing protection for noise, music, swimming.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Columbus Speech And Hearing
(614) 569-0113
510 E North Broadway St
Columbus, OH
Hours
SundayClosed
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Integrated Hearing Health
(614) 335-4104
870 N High St Ste 105
Columbus, OH
Services
Hearing evaluations for infants, children and adults.Hearing aid consultations, sales, fitting, and repair.Auditory processing testingCustom hearing protection for noise, music, swimming.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Southland Hearing Aids & Audiology
(614) 442-7680
1960 Bethel Road, Suite 250
Columbus, OH
Specialty
Hearing Aids
Gender
Female
Education
Doctor of Audiology
Professional Memberships
The Ohio Academy of Audiology; American Academy of Audiology

Family Hearing and Balance Center.com
(330) 752-6743
2800 S Arlington Rd Ste 102
Akron, OH
Services
Audiological EvaluationsTinnitus Evaluation & TheraphyBalance TestingEar Molds: Swim molds & Custom-made noise protection earmoldsHearing AidsHearing Evaluations
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hetsko Audiology, Inc.
(440) 776-8424
224 W Lorain St Ste D
Oberlin, OH
Services
Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationsUsing state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, Oberlin Hearing Care is Lorain County''s premier hearing assessment and hearing aid dispensing facility. We provide comprehensive hearing evaluations for children (5 years and older) and adults. From video-otoscopy to otoacoustic emissions, we''ll evaluate and define your hearing problem completely and provide solutions for treatment and remediation.Hearing Aid Selection and FittingOberlin Hearing Care was the firs
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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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