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Phantom Sound Specialists Flint MI

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Fluke Hearing Instruments
(810) 515-8927
3413 S Linden Rd
Flint, MI
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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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Michigan Medical PC
(616) 431-4049
4969 Lake Dr SE Ste # 315
Grand Rapids, MI
Services
Our Specialties & ServicesBelow is a listing of the specialties and services mmpc offers. Click on a specific specialty to learn more. mmpc has over 200 physicans throughout West Michigan including the areas of Coopersville, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Greenville, Holland, Rockford and Zeeland. American Cancer Society Cattle Barron''s Ball 2010 Sponsor Allergy/Immunology Arthritis SpecialistsAudiology Bariatric Surgery Breast Care ServicesCardiovascular ServicesCenter for A
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OConnor Hearing Center
(734) 418-8992
203 S Zeeb Rd Ste 207
Ann Arbor, MI
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Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsO’Connor Hearing Center provides Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations which includes obtaining a case history, performing Otoscopy; Immittance Testing; Air Conduction Testing; Bone Conduction Testing; Speech Testing. Acoustic testing of hearing sensitivity thresholds, performed in a sound booth, via an audiometer to determine current hearing levels.Hearing Aid EvaluationsUsing results of a recent (within six months) diagnostic hearing evaluation, our Audiologist wil
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Hearing Care Industries PC
(248) 257-5992
6650 Highland Rd Ste 110
Waterford, MI
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Ray H Cameron
(906) 828-9413
1711 S Stephenson Ave Ste 320
Iron Mountain, MI
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Ear MoldsEar molds can be custom made in brilliant colors for adults and for children. Some people are avid swimmers who want to prevent water from getting in their ears, others may have tubes in their ears and recieved a doctor recommendation. Ask about custom swim plugs today!Hearing Aid Sales & ServiceDr. Cameron''s office offers a wide variety of hearing instruments featuring the latest technology. We emphasize ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to insure you re
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Exela Hearing Services LLC
(810) 275-0797
4325 Miller Rd
Flint, MI
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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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Henry Ford Medical Center
(248) 419-4597
6777 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield, MI
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Michigan Ear Institute
(248) 419-0251
30055 Northwestern Hwy Ste 101
Farmington Hills, MI
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Hearing DisordersDizziness and BalanceFacial Nerve DisordersAcoustic Tumor SurgeryNeurotologic Skull Base SurgeryPediatric OtologyCochlear Implant SurgeryAudiologyHearing Aid Center
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Lakeshore Health Partners
(616) 499-2304
577 Michigan Ave Ste 101
Holland, MI
Services
ENT SERVICESThe Ear There are many conditions that affect the inner, middle and outer portions of the ear. Trained in both the medical and surgical elements of the ear, our physicians are able to offer treatment of hearing difficulties, ear infections, balance disorders, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), nerve pain, trauma, wax accumulation and facial and cranial nerve disorders. The practice also treats pediatric patients for chronic ear infections and hearing problems. Sensorineural (nerve) heari
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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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Superior ENT Specialists
(906) 662-4464
1414 West Fair Ave Ste 130
Marquette, MI
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Services:Nose and Sinus DisordersEar DisordersDizzinessThroat and SnoringGland DisordersHearing LossDiagnostic Audiology TestsHearing Aids (Adults only)
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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 ,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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