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Phantom Sound Specialists Lewiston ME

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Lewiston. 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.

Central Maine Audiology
(888) 407-9839
475 Pleasant Street Suite 11
Lewiston, ME
Services
Central Maine Audiology is the premier audiology and hearing aid provider in Central Maine. Formerly H.E.A.R., Inc., we provide diagnostic hearing evaluations and hearing aid services, specializing in digital technology.
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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Great Scott Audiology, PA
(207) 504-5157
331 Maine St Ste 4A
Brunswick, ME
Services
Services include: hearing evaluations, site of lesion testing, immittance measures, hearing aid evaluation, repair and adjustments and central auditory processing testing
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Village Hearing Care
(207) 228-0049
347 Main St Ste 1A
Gorham, ME
Services
Why wait for tomorrow? Hear better today! · State-of the-Art Service with a Convenient Gorham Location · Complete Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations - Pediatric through Geriatric · Hearing Instrument Fitting, Professional Audiologic Programming and Follow up Care® Full Range of Hearing Aid Technologies from Basic to the Most Advanced Digital® 30-day Hearing Instrument Trial Period® Hearing Aid Batteries and Accessories ·
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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Maine Medical Partners
(207) 228-2747
1250 Forest Ave Ste 301
Portland, ME
Hours
SundayClosed
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Waldo County General Hospital
(888) 473-0688
118 Northport Ave
Belfast, ME
Services
ANESTHESIOLOGY: the administration of drugs to relieve pain and manage vital life functions during surgery and recovery.AUDIOLOGY & HEARING AID SERVICES: a full range of hearing services including hearing evaluations, nearly invisible digital automatic hearing aids and other new fittings, hearing aid repairs, rebuilds and batteries, custom earmolds and soundplugs.CARDIAC REHABILITATION SERVICES: a comprehensive, multi-level program for patients with heart disease. The program offers a variety o
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Healthcare Assoc. Inc.
(207) 228-6728
44 Elm St
Topsham, ME
Hours
SundayClosed
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Marty Layne Associates
(888) 771-0349
301 Main St
Saco, ME
Services
Diagnostic testingHearing Loss CounselingRepairsSecond opinionsPhysician consultationFamily EducationHearing instrument cleaning
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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University of Maine - Audiology Clinic
(207) 561-6522
28 Dun Hall
Orono, ME
Services
Hearing Evaluations (all age groups), Hearing aid consultations and fittings, assistive technologies for the hard of hearing, industrial hearing screenings
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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Great Scott Audiology, PA
(207) 504-5157
331 Maine St Ste 4A
Brunswick, ME
Services
Services include: hearing evaluations, site of lesion testing, immittance measures, hearing aid evaluation, repair and adjustments and central auditory processing testing
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Maine General Medical Center
(207) 430-3697
30 Chase Ave F. T. Hill Center
Waterville, ME
Services
* Emergency and critical care * A full range of inpatient and outpatient surgery * Diagnostic services * Substance abuse and mental health services * Cancer care * Maternity services and newborn and child health programs
Hours
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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