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Phantom Sound Specialists Des Moines IA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Des Moines. 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.

Iowa Audiology & Hearing Aid
(515) 657-6471
3901 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
Services
The main office of Iowa Audiology and Hearing Aid Centers has been at the same location since it was founded in 1981. We offer a long list of exclusive services available only from professional audiologists with many years of education and experience in this increasingly technological field.# Hearing evaluation by Doctors of Audiology at all sites.# Diagnosis and audiologic management/treatment of hearing problems# Hearing aid prescription and fitting, using the latest digital hearing aid tech
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Mercy E N T Clinic
(515) 657-6472
1601 NW 114th St Ste 230
Clive, IA
Services
Services offered are:-Family Practice - Care of the whole family & adult immunizationInternal Medicine - Primary care for adults. Specializing in chronic illness carePediatrics - Care & immunization for childrenSurgery - Bariatric Surgery and Mercy Weight Loss & Nutrition Center Breast Surgery and Katzmann Breast Clinic Colo-rectal Surgery General Surgery Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery) Trauma Surgery Gynecologic Oncology Surgery - Specializing in women'
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Kayser Hearing Aid
(515) 657-6467
3529 E 26th St
Des Moines, IA
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SundayClosed
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Jorgensen Hearing Center
(888) 484-1759
920 N Grand Ave
Spencer, IA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Parker Audiology PC
(888) 454-2603
1640 W Locust St
Davenport, IA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Outpatient Therapy Services
(515) 657-6470
1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 308
Des Moines, IA
Services
ServicesIowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran, Blank Children''s Hospital, and Methodist West Hospital are home to a wide variety of skilled and knowledgeable healthcare professionals in all areas of patient care. Explore Our Centers Of ExcellenceBlank Children''s HospitalWeight Loss SurgeryCardiac, Vascular & LungMaternity ServicesJohn Stoddard Cancer CenterOrthopaedic Services Explore Our ServicesTo search for a service, type the service you are looking for into the search box. The search box will dis
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SundayClosed
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Dennis Porto M.D.
(515) 657-6675
6000 University Ave Ste 230
West Des Moines, IA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Iowa Clinic ENT PC
(515) 657-6469
5950 University Ave Ste 265
West Des Moines, IA
Services
* Allergy * Audiology * Cardiology * Diagnostic Breast Imaging * Ear, Nose & Throat * Endoscopy Center * Gastroenterology * General Surgery * Internal Medicine * Medical Imaging * Obstetrics & Gynecology * Oncology Consultations * Orthopaedics * Pain Management * Pathology * Physical Therapy * Plastic Surgery * Podiatry * Surgical Breast Care * Surgical Oncology * Vascular Surgery * Women''s CenterLaser Services Available at The Iow
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Kayser Hearing Aid
(515) 657-6467
3529 E 26th St
Des Moines, IA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Skiff Medical Center
(888) 820-3630
204 N 4th Ave E
Newton, IA
Services
audiology (hearing services) emergency medicine diabetes education heart healthy home care services hospice of jasper county intensive care laboratory massage therapy nutrition occupational health services occupational therapy physical therapy radiology social services speech therapy surgery womens health
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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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