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Phantom Sound Specialists Fort Wayne IN

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Fort Wayne. 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.

The Hearing Center LLC
(260) 918-4142
1306 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)As a full service hearing center, The Hearing Center, LLC also provides a wide array of assistive listening devices. Many are on display in our assistive device room. If you are interested in any of these devices for yourself or a family member, be sure to stop by and ask us about them!Audiometric Evaluations: AdultsComplete diagnostic hearing evaluations are necessary to determine the type and degree of hearing loss. All testing is conducted in a sound treated
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SundayClosed
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Fort Wayne Hearing Center & Audiology
(260) 918-4365
9131 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearcare Professional
(260) 918-4362
5933 E State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN
Services
Loss of sleep Inability to relax Lack of concentration Hyperacusis, or sensitivity to loud sounds Anxiety and depression Negative impact on work, family, and social life
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Tri State E N T Surgeons
(812) 618-1860
3801 Bellemeade Ave Ste 330
Evansville, IN
Services
Advanced Surgical Solutions for Complex Hearing ProblemsWe are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of the most complex hearing problems. Our staff includes Dr. John C. Bizal, who is the only fellowship trained Otologist (ear doctor) residing in the area, and a team of doctors who are certified by the most respected boards in their field. Here are some of the procedures we offer:· Stapedectomy - for people who suffer from otosclerosis, which is the immobilization of the stapes bone -
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SundayClosed
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The Hearing Professionals & ENT of Michiana
(574) 208-6837
100 Navarre Pl Ste 4430
South Bend, IN
Services
Diagnostic evaluations of the ear and hearing. Hearing Devices
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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Hearcare Professional
(260) 918-4362
5933 E State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN
Services
Loss of sleep Inability to relax Lack of concentration Hyperacusis, or sensitivity to loud sounds Anxiety and depression Negative impact on work, family, and social life
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Whisper Hearing Center
(317) 412-9049
1101 W Jefferson St Ste S
Franklin, IN
Services
Hearing TestHearing AidsRepairsHearing ProtectionTinnitus TreatmentInvisible Hearing AidCustom EarmoldsSupplies
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SundayClosed
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2 for 1 Hearing Aid Co
(317) 245-8105
7604 Surrey Dr
Indianapolis, IN
Services
Free Full In-Home Service direct to you. Providing personalized care throughout the life of your hearing aids. Including diagnostic audiometric testing, complete line of hearing instruments, in-house and manufacturer repairs, adjustments and cleaning for the life of your aids
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
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Otolaryngology Associates
(888) 758-3784
5255 E Stop 11 Rd Suite 405
Indianapolis, IN
Services
* Otolaryngology * Pediatric Otolaryngology * Head & Neck Cancer * Facial Defects Following Trauma and Cancer Treatment * Allergies & Sinusitis * Thyroid & Parathyroid Disorders * Sleep Disorders & Snoring * Speech, Voice & Swallowing Disorders * Hearing & Balance Disorders * Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery * Deformities of the Nose, Eyelids, Face and Neck * Video Education
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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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Audiology And Hearing Care
(812) 716-2253
905 W Keegans Way Ste 11
Greensburg, IN
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance to OSHA guidelines.* Diagnostic Testing* Tinnitus Evalua
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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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