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Phantom Sound Specialists Madison WI

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Madison. 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.

Dean Health - Madison
(608) 467-1969
1313 Fish Hatchery Rd
Madison, WI
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SundayClosed
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Dean East Clinic Audiology
(608) 338-1540
1821 S Stoughton Rd
Madison, WI
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Dean Health - Sun Prairie
(608) 318-4301
10 Tower Dr
Sun Prairie, WI
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Columbus Community Hospital
(920) 626-6296
1515 Park Ave
Columbus, WI
Services
The Columbus Community Hospital Cardiopulmonary Services include Respiratory Therapy and EKG. The Cardiopulmonary staff performs a wide variety of diagnostic tests to evaluate and treat heart and lung disease. Diagnostic tests are performed on inpatients as well as outpatients.Our Respiratory Therapy services help patients prevent, reduce or manage breathing problems, focusing on asthma and smoking cessation. We also provide home oxygen therapy. The Cardiopulmonary Services are located on the th
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SundayClosed ,Monday06:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday06:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday06:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday06:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday06:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Aurora Elkhorn
(262) 607-8118
20 N Church St
Elkhorn, WI
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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University Of WI Madison
(608) 433-0014
1975 Willow Dr
Madison, WI
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SundayClosed
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Dean Health-West
(608) 338-1466
752 N High Point Rd
Madison, WI
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* Adolescent Medicine (see Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine) * Aesthetic Surgery Center * Aesthetic Surgery Center (see Plastic Surgery) * Allergy & Immunology * Anesthesiology * Arthritis (see Rheumatology) * Audiology * Autoimmune Issues & Concerns (see Allergy & Immunology) * Auto-immune Issues & Concerns (see Rheumatology)
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology & Hearing Services
(920) 486-4170
2245 S Oneida St
Appleton, WI
Services
Hearing aid evaluation and consultation
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SundayClosed
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Professional Hearing Services
(262) 347-4275
1111 Delafield St Ste 102
Waukesha, WI
Services
Hearing EvaluationTesting is completed to determine the type and degree of hearing loss. Testing is available to all ages from birth to adults.Balance EvaluationDizziness is a common problem for many individuals. We have testing available to address issues regarding balance and dizziness. An evaluation by an ENT physician is recommended prior to these tests.Hearing Aid Selection and FittingThese appointments are educational and informative. The patient will work with an audiologist to determine
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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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Affinity Medical Group
(920) 486-4172
1501 S Madison St
Appleton, WI
Services
Hearing is one of our most important senses, because it helps us communicate with the world around us. Hearing problems and balance disorders can negatively impact your quality of life, but Affinity Health System wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. Affinity’s Audiology department has locations in Oshkosh, Neenah and Appleton, so expert hearing care is right in your neighborhood.Areas of CareAffinity’s Audiology department cares for many types of hearing, balance and ear disorders, including:
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM 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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