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Phantom Sound Specialists Independence MO

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Independence. 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.

ENT Associates of Greater Kansas City, PA
(816) 295-6110
4880 NE Goodview Cir
Lees Summit, MO
Services
•Adult and Pediatric Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation and Diagnosis•Dizziness and Balance Disorder Evaluation•State of the Art Hearing Aid Technology•Lifestyle-Focused Hearing Aid Consultation•Custom Noise Protection, Swim Plugs, and Musician’s Ear Plugs
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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Otologic Center Inc.
(816) 479-4516
3100 Broadway St Ste 509
Kansas City, MO
Services
Medical/Non-SurgicalEar InfectionsHearing LossBalance DisordersDizzinessEar WaxMiddle Ear FluidFacial WeaknessMeniere’s DiseaseSudden Hearing LossTinnitusAcoustic NeuromaEustachian Tube ProblemsSurgicalChronic Ear InfectionsCholesteatomaOtosclerosisAcoustic NeuromaMeniere’s DiseaseCochlear ImplantationGlomus TumorsEustachian Tube Problems Services OfferedAUDIOLOGYDiagnostic Audiometry –The diagnositic hearing test involves testing both ears individually. Each ear’s sensit
Hours
SundayClosed
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Northland ENT
(816) 479-4598
2521 Glenn Hendren Dr Ste 104
Liberty, MO
Services
Custom Hearing Protection Northland Ear, Nose and Throat offers a wide variety of custom ear protection for noisy environments, musicians, swimmers and hunters. We also offer custom ear pieces for hands-free telephone use and for the iPod or other MP3 players.Hunters PlugsMusicians PlugsSwim PlugsHearing Aids : Learn about the different sizes of hearing aids and the levels of technology available today. * Shell Sizes * Technology * Explanation of Trial Period * Hearing Aid Manufactur
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Clear Hearing Aid Service
(913) 871-1027
4125 Somerset Dr Ste 202
Shawnee Mission, KS
Services
*Same Day Appointments*Service all manufacturers*One of the only Oticon Specialist in the Kansas City Area
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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St. Johns ENT Center
(417) 429-2279
1229 E Seminole St Ste 530
Springfield, MO
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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ENT Associates Of Greater
(816) 295-6123
205 NW R D Mize Rd Ste 208
Blue Springs, MO
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Midwest Ear Institute Inc.
(816) 479-4502
4200 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 100
Kansas City, MO
Services
Ear and hearing disorders, such as hearing loss, acute and chronic ear infections, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), ear tumors, and impacted ear wax;- Dizziness and balance disorders, such as Meniere''s Disease, benign positional vertigo, labyrinthitis, and migranine-associated disequilibrium; and- Neurotological disorders, such as facial nerve disorders, acoustic neuroma, and hearing problems treated with cochlear implants
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Enhancement
(816) 875-4524
1166 NE Douglas St
Lees Summit, MO
Hours
Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Midwest Ear Institute Inc.
(816) 479-4502
4200 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 100
Kansas City, MO
Services
Ear and hearing disorders, such as hearing loss, acute and chronic ear infections, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), ear tumors, and impacted ear wax;- Dizziness and balance disorders, such as Meniere''s Disease, benign positional vertigo, labyrinthitis, and migranine-associated disequilibrium; and- Neurotological disorders, such as facial nerve disorders, acoustic neuroma, and hearing problems treated with cochlear implants
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Hearing Enhancement
(816) 875-4524
1166 NE Douglas St
Lees Summit, MO
Hours
Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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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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