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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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Wake Aud & Hrg Aid Assoc PLLC
(919) 728-9652
1954 S Main St
Wake Forest, NC
Services
* Adult and Pediatric Hearing Evaluations * Speech In Noise tests * Tinnitus Evaluations * Tympanometry/Acoustic Reflexes * Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) * Hearing Aids in all styles and technologies * Batteries and Accessories * Treatment for Benign Positional Vertigo (BPPV) * Assistive Listening and Alerting Devices * Amplified telephones * Industrial audiograms * School and employment audiograms * Hearing protection (custom & stock) * Musician''s earplugs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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University Of North Carolina
(919) 283-5716
6015 Farrington Rd Ste 103
Chapel Hill, NC
Services
Our MissionOur mission is to improve the health of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We will accomplish this by achieving excellence and providing leadership in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research.Patient CareAs a key component of the UNC Health Care System, the School of Medicine will provide superb care to North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We will maintain our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations. Excellence in education and re
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Ear Center
(336) 295-1055
1126 N Church St Ste 201
Greensboro, NC
Services
Ear disorders and hearing lossHearing restorationEar, nose, and throat disordersEar tubes and Tonsillectomy & AdenoidectomyMiddle ear and Mastoid surgeryOssicular Reconstruction SurgeryOtosclerosis and StapedectomiesNasal and Sinus diseaseHearing evaluation & testingHearing aids and hearing implants for hearing restorationCochlear implants, BAHA implants, and advanced Implantable Hearing Device technologyEnvoy ESTEEM Totally Implantable Hearing DeviceBalance/vertigo disorders and testingHearing
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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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1st Choice Hearing Care
(252) 558-1494
1702 E Arlington Blvd Ste F
Greenville, NC
Services
17 years experience in the field. Provider of Audiology services, Hearing testing, hearing instrument selection and fitting, industrial screenings, testing and reporting. Multiple manufacturer''s represented and a Lyric provider- extended wear hearing device
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 02:00 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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Mountain Audiology
(828) 558-4001
61 Haywood Park Dr Ste B
Clyde, NC
Services
Our clinic chooses from a wide variety of manufacturers and models. As an Hearing Aid independent clinic,we are not limited to any one Hearing Aid brand or model, which means we can fit you with the right hearing instrument for your hearing loss.
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SundayClosed
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Mark A. Kenzik, M.A. CCC- A
(828) 490-4754
1727 Brevard Rd
Hendersonville, NC
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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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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Exela Hearing Services LLC
(704) 323-5318
817 East Morehead St Ste 200
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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