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Phantom Sound Specialists Hickory NC

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Hickory. 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.

Carolina Audiology
(828) 358-0416
256C 10th Ave NE
Hickory, NC
Services
Hearing Aid Consultations, State-of-the-Art Digital Hearing Aids in a range of sizes and prices, Affordable Hearing Aid Repairs, Hearing Aid Batteries and Accessories, Custom Ear Molds including: Swim molds Hearing protection Musician earplugs, Assistive Listening Devices, Patient Educational Classes
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Piedmont Hearing and Balance Center
(704) 253-4323
707 Bryant St
Statesville, NC
Services
In order to serve all of your hearing needs, during and after your assessment, Piedmont Hearing and Balance Center provides a full range of benefits at no additional cost to you. Our goal is to provide the best in care and service to make your experience as satisfying as possible.We offer:**A 60 Day evaluation period. We will earn your trust by giving you the opportunity to evaluate your new hearing instruments in your everyday environment. Working with you, our skilled audiologist will help fin
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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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Care Svcs. Inc.
(919) 283-5715
1515 W Nc Highway 54 Ste 100
Durham, NC
Services
Complete Audiological / Hearing Evaluations by a Dr. of Audiology, 30 day trial period on all hearing aids, Full service repairs on most hearing aid makes & models. We specialize in helping you determine the best style & technology for your hearing loss and listening needs. We are a participating provider with most insurances and part of the Blue Cross Blue SHield Audio Blue Program.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Morrison Enterprises DBA
(252) 648-7407
3110 Arendell St Ste 2
Morehead City, NC
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SundayClosed
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Carolina Audiology
(704) 445-7660
751 S Laurel St
Lincolnton, NC
Services
We provide a broad range of medical services, and care routinely for:Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat Head and Neck Surgery Center, P.A * Pediatric ear, nose, and throat disease * Voice and reflux disorders * Ear disease and hearing disorders * Sinus and nasal disease * Snoring and sleep apnea * Thyroid disorders * Head and neck cancer Carolina Audiology Clinic * Functional and neurologic hearing disorders * Vestibular/Balance disorders * Hearing AidsCarolina Sinus and A
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Carolina Audiology
(704) 445-7660
751 S Laurel St
Lincolnton, NC
Services
We provide a broad range of medical services, and care routinely for:Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat Head and Neck Surgery Center, P.A * Pediatric ear, nose, and throat disease * Voice and reflux disorders * Ear disease and hearing disorders * Sinus and nasal disease * Snoring and sleep apnea * Thyroid disorders * Head and neck cancer Carolina Audiology Clinic * Functional and neurologic hearing disorders * Vestibular/Balance disorders * Hearing AidsCarolina Sinus and A
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Carolina Hearing Group, Inc
(704) 322-4208
1908 Hilco Street Ste A
Albemarle, NC
Services
**A 30 Day evaluation period.We will earn your trust by giving you the opportunity to evaluate your new hearing instruments in your everyday environment. Working with you, our skilled audiologists will help fine tune your new hearing instruments to achieve the best result for you.**The best in technology from industry leaders, such as GN Resound, Phonak, Widex, Oticon, Unitron and Siemens.**Technology customized to meet your needs.We take time to understand you and your hearing experience so tha
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Appalachian State University
(828) 355-4246
Speech And Hearing Center University Hall
Boone, NC
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SundayClosed
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Coastal Hearing Centers
(910) 816-4213
302 Liberty St
Whiteville, NC
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Healthcare Ctrs of NC
(704) 908-0514
5110 Park Rd Ste 1C
Charlotte, NC
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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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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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