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Phantom Sound Specialists Kansas City KS

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Kansas City. 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.

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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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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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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Marston Hearing Center, LLC
(785) 727-1897
1112 W 6th St Ste 100
Lawrence, KS
Services
Marston Hearing Center has specialized in providing audiological services since 1975. We currently offer comprehensive hearing evaluations and hearing aid services. Minor in-house repairs are available for most brands and manufacturer repair is available for major hearing aid brands. We can also order and custom fit musician earplugs, mp3 earpieces, and cell phone boom mic earpieces. We are available to meet your hearing needs Monday-Friday from 9-4 or by special appointment.
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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Heartspring
(316) 665-4689
8700 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS
Services
Hearing Center ServicesPerhaps you suspect you have a hearing loss, Heartspring Hearing Center can help you learn more about hearing and hearing healthcare. The Hearing Center has certified audiologists who provide a variety of services to individuals of all ages. We offer hearing evaluations, a full range of hearing aids, helpful listening devices, video otoscopy, noise protection and musican ear plugs. Please call for an appointment or to learn more about how the Heartspring Hearing Center may
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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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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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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Jozsa Hearing Centers, LLC
(316) 281-4066
500 N Main St Ste 212
Newton, KS
Services
Hearing Tests: * Hearing Screenings * Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations * Tympanometry * Acoustic Reflex * Tone Decay * Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions Tinnitus & Hyperacousis Tests: * Loudness and Pitch Matching * Minimum Masking Levels * Residual Inhibition * Loudness Discomfort Levels Audiological EvaluationsAmong the many diagnostic tests offered at the center are audiograms for determining basic hearing ability and word recognition, middle ear analysis for evaluat
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Topeka ENT
(785) 783-4315
920 SW Lane Ste 200
Topeka, KS
Services
Nasal and Sinus SurgeryVoice and Swallowing DisordersHead and Neck, Thyroid, Parathyroid SurgeriesPediatric ENT CareDizziness Disorders/ImbalancesHearing Disorders/Hearing AidsAllergy
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,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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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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