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Phantom Sound Specialists Indianapolis IN

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Indianapolis. 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.

Saint Vincent Hospital
(317) 973-0128
2001 W 86th St
Indianapolis, IN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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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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St Vincents Zionsville
(317) 973-0771
10801 N Michigan Rd Ste 200
Zionsville, IN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Otolaryngology Associates
(317) 565-4075
18051 River Ave Ste 104
Noblesville, IN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
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Darr & Associates Inc.
(574) 633-5430
919 E Jefferson Blvd Ste 104
South Bend, IN
Hours
SundayClosed
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Professional Hearing Services, Inc.
(317) 973-0012
8801 N Meridian St Ste 210
Indianapolis, IN
Services
Audiological Assessment,Tympanometry,Counseling and Rehabilitation,Adult Hearing Aid Dispensing with 75-day adjustment period and retraining program, Complimentary no-obligation in-office demonstration of discrete digital open-ear hearing devices. Like what you hear? Let Dr. O''Connor fit you with a pair for a 75-day evaluation! Complimentary lifetime cleaning and check-up of your hearing aid system, free batteries. Ear protection/custom molds for swimmers, musicians, noisy hobbies, aviation.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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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
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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Affordable Digital Hearing
(317) 548-4368
1655 Hawthorne Dr Ste C/D
Plainfield, IN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Otolaryngology Associates
(317) 456-7017
1115 Ronald Reagan Pkwy Ste 255
Avon, IN
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SundayClosed
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Deaconess Clinic DT
(812) 618-4107
4011 Gateway Blvd
Newburgh, IN
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SundayClosed
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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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