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Phantom Sound Specialists Duluth MN

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Duluth. 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.

Hearing Associates
(866) 960-7361
4905 Matterhorn Dr
Duluth, MN
Services
Diagnostic Testing, Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment, Dispensing of Digital Hearing Aids, Hearing Aid Checks and Servicing, Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 06:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing & Speech Center
(507) 401-2786
1424 E College Dr Ste 200
Marshall, MN
Services
Evaluation by hearing specialistsPrivate consultation with an audiologistOtoadmittance testing for middle ear problemsAural rehabilitation servicesFONIX/Real ear computerized imaging of the ear and hearing performanceComplete line of hearing aidsAssistive listening devicesAssistive equipment on hand for demonstration and trialTrial period
Hours
SundayClosed
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Associated Hearing Of St. Paul
(651) 323-2065
393 Dunlap St N Ste 115
Saint Paul, MN
Services
ServicesAssociated Hearing''s staff is able to perform a full spectrum of services important to your hearing health. Our services include:Hearing assessments performed by licensed specialists and audiologists Education-classes and workshops for individuals and groups by appointment Hearing aid evaluations, recommendations, and dispensing Hearing instrument programming and speech enhancement tuning Hearing aid rejuvenation, restoration and repair Hearing aid re-shelling to restore proper fit of
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Midwest Hearing Aid Systems
(651) 323-2076
2080 Woodwinds Dr Ste 120
Saint Paul, MN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mayo Clinic Health Sys-Mankato
(507) 201-4763
1025 Marsh St Po Box 8673
Mankato, MN
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Health Clinic
(952) 232-5418
1017 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN
Services
At Hearing Health Clinic our goal is to provide you with the best possible hearing care, based upon your individual needs. We provide a comprehensive array of services related to evaluation, rehabilitation and prevention of hearing impairment. These services include comprehensive hearing evaluations, specialized testing, auditory training, and aural rehabilitation.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Clinic Of St Cloud
(320) 281-4571
1528 Northway Dr
Saint Cloud, MN
Services
Ear ServicesThere can be many different ear-related problems which range from the simple earwax buildup to the more complex tumors. Our board certified ear, nose & throat specialists can diagnose and develop an appropriate treatment plan for you. Possible ear problems and treatments.The nose and sinuses are complex structures which have many functions. Problems with these can greatly affect quality of life and may become a serious concern. Our physicians are experienced with problems and tre
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Solutions
(952) 232-5498
1581 Highway Seven
Hopkins, MN
Services
# State-of-the-art Hearing Testing / Diagnostic Evaluations# Video Inspection of Ear Drums – Wax Removal# Tinnitus Evaluation (head noises or ringing or buzzing) Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, Noise Generators# Authorized Factory Repair of Most Hearing Aids# (EFS) Environmental Sound Simulator to realistically fit and adjust hearing aids in simulated noisy and group situations.# Authorized Factory Repair of Most Name Brand Hearing Aids# 45-Day Adjustment and Adaptation Period# Hearing Aid Le
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SundayOpen by Appointment ,Monday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Audiology Concepts, Inc.
(952) 232-5499
6444 Xerxes Ave S
Edina, MN
Services
We offer you: •Concierge level attention •Wireless Technology Suite •Sound Space™ Listening Experience •Efficiency and Timeliness •Sound Suite Testing •Multi Media Technologies •State of the Art Diagnostic Equipment•Blue tooth products(telephone and TV)•Doctoral level audiologist•Highly skilled support staff•Interactive Audiotory Experience•Cutting Edge Technologies
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Minnesota Hearing Aid Prof.
(952) 232-5606
303 East Nicolette Boulevard Suite 333
Burnsville, MN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,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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