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Phantom Sound Specialists Erie PA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Erie. 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.

Advanced Hearing Systems
(814) 806-2213
3424 Peach St
Erie, PA
Services
Advanced Hearing ServicesWhat to expect during your hearing evaluation.Our professional and caring staff will perform a comprehensive battery of tests specifically designed to present an accurate assessment of the nature of your hearing loss.These tests include: * Patient profile interview * Word recognition test to evaluate our ability to hear speech clearly * Audiometric test of frequency-specific sensitivity * Dynamic range testing to determine the range of sounds most comfortable
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Ear Nose & Throat Specialists
(814) 806-2223
3580 Peach St
Erie, PA
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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Audiology & Hearing Aid Center
(570) 301-6314
34 S Main St Main Floor
Wilkes Barre, PA
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Unlimited
(412) 357-1682
2566 Haymaker Rd Ste 214
Monroeville, PA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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East Penn Hearing Center
(610) 628-1299
903 Chestnut Street
Emmaus, PA
Services
Audiologic evaluationsHearing aid and Assistive Listening Device servicesCustom earmolds, specialty earplugs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday01:00 PM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Erichson Hearing Aid
(814) 806-2987
2716 Peach St
Erie, PA
Services
LIFETIME LISTENINGexclusively from Erichson Hearing Aid CenterLifetime Services Compare to Other Brands Contact Us TodayThe hallmark of Erichson Hearing Aid Center, Lifetime ListeningSM is a complete hearing healthcare program that guarantees you the best value in technology and service: Hearing evaluation by certified hearing specialist Personalized product selection and fitting Quarterly cleaning and adjustments Annual audiometric screenings ; Annual hearing aid evaluations
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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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Erie Audiology Inc.
(814) 806-2226
2550 W 8th St
Erie, PA
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SundayClosed
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Melnick, Moffitt & Mesaros ENT Associates
(717) 769-1209
927 Russell Dr
Lebanon, PA
Services
Full Service Hearing Aid Center, Physician directed hearing evaluations, Repair Service offered for all brands, 30 day free trial of aids and 1 year free batteries. Payment plans & Insurance plans accepted.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,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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Buckbee Hearing Aid Center
(717) 207-9814
165 W Airport Rd
Lititz, PA
Services
PRODUCTS & SERVICESBuckbee Hearing Aid Center offers a variety of free services to its customers. These services include: * Consultation * Hearing evaluation - pure tone air and bone conduction, speech discrimination testing * Otoscopic evaluation * Hearing aid fitting and ear impressions * Hearing aid trial period * Service and cleanings for hearing aids purchased through us * Home visits * Medical referralOther services offered include: * Video otoscopy * Digital
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SundayClosed ,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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Thomas Jefferson Univ. Hosp.
(215) 600-1867
925 Chestnut St Fl 6
Philadelphia, PA
Services
Abdominal ImagingAcupuncture and Oriental Medicine ProgramAcute Care SurgeryAdvanced Heart Failure and Transplant CenterAlzheimer''s Disease and Dementia CenterAmputee Program AnesthesiologyAnesthesiology Research LaboratoryAortic CenterArthritis ProgramAsthma ProgramBalance and Hearing CenterBariatric and Metabolic Surgery ProgramBioterrorism and Disaster Preparedness CenterBlood Donor CenterBodine Center for Radiation TherapyBone Marrow Transplant ProgramBones and Joints Center of ExcellenceBr
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Sunday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Monday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
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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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