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Phantom Sound Specialists Manassas VA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Manassas. 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.

Hearing Health Care Center
(703) 659-4614
8650 Sudley Rd Ste 209
Manassas, VA
Services
•Testing & AudiometryIn order to adjust your hearing aid to your individual requirements, we first determine your personal hearing profile, or audiogram. This is done by testing your ability to hear a variety of speech and environmental sounds.•Ear ImpressionsSince the various systems produce different hearing impressions, it is important for you to make a comparison yourself. For this purpose we will produce custom-made earmolds based on the exact contours of your ears. We can then en
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Vienna Fairoaks Hearing And
(703) 348-0158
3650 Joseph Siewick Dr Ste 309
Fairfax, VA
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Hearing Solutions Of Fairfax
(571) 748-5423
3930 Pender Drive Ste 140
Fairfax, VA
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advanced hearing services
(703) 539-5041
8316 Arlington Blvd Ste 330
Fairfax, VA
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Full audiological evaluations for children and adults. Full hearing aid avalutions, sales and service of multiple manufacturers.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Lorton Office
(703) 436-2686
8986 Lorton Station Blvd Ste 201
Lorton, VA
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Assistive Listening Devices (ALD''s) DemonstrationsAural RehabilitationComprehensive Audiological TestingHearing aid AccessoriesHearing Aid Checks/CleaningsHearing Aid ConsultationsHearing Aid Repairs/RemakesHearing Protection DevicesHigh Frequency AudiometryTo monitor ototoxicityImmittance TestingOtoacoustic EmissionsWe accept most major insurance companies.
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Advanced Hearing
(703) 537-5599
6201 Centreville Rd Ste 400
Centreville, VA
Services
For your convenience, we provide complete hearing evaluation services at three locations. Our audiologists are supported by the latest diagnostic technology including sound-proof testing suites and state-of-the-art audiometers. All offices are fully equipped to provide a complete range of audiology services to patients of all ages, infant through geriatrics.
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Potomac ENT
(703) 910-3262
2070 Old Bridge Rd Ste 103
Woodbridge, VA
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The Auditory Brainstem Response Test evaluates nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brainstem.
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Audiology And Hearing Aid Ctr
(703) 468-4158
7340 Heritage Village Plz Ste 101
Gainesville, VA
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Comprehensive Audiological (hearing) evaluations Newborn hearing screenings/evaluations Auditory processing evaluations High quality digital hearing instruments Hearing aid adjustment period Hearing aid orientation and counseling Hearing aid checks, repairs and maintenance Custom ear plugs for swimming or play Custom ear protection for work, hunting, targeting practice or heavy machinery Custom musician’s ear plugs Hearing aid accessories Hearing aid batteries
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Fairfax Hearing Center
(703) 539-5042
3299 Woodburn Rd Ste 300
Annandale, VA
Services
Fairfax Hearing Center is a full-service audiology center. We provide quality hearing health care during all stages including prevention, diagnostic, treatment, counselling, and after-care. Our services are tailored to meet each individual patient’s needs. * Hearing tests * Hearing aid evaluations * Tympanometry * Video ENG * Auditory brainstem response testing (ABR) * Otoacoustic emission testing (OAE) * Fitting and dispensing of hearing aids * Hearing aid repairs
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Vienna Fair Oaks Hearing and Speech Center, Inc.
(703) 537-5770
201 Park St SE
Vienna, VA
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Diagnostic audiologyHearing aid dispensing and repairAuditory evoked potential testingElectronystagmography testing
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 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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