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Phantom Sound Specialists Peoria IL

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Peoria. 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.

Morton Audiology
(309) 938-4192
636 W Jefferson St Ste 3A
Morton, IL
Services
Complete diagnostic hearing evaluationsCounselingHearing aid fitting/follow-upHearing aid repairCentral Auditory Processing EvaluationsIndustrial Hearing Conservation
Hours
SundayClosed
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Sertoma Speech & Hearing Ctr.
(708) 321-4073
10409 S Roberts Rd
Palos Hills, IL
Services
or 32 years, we have provided all our patients (closing in on a quarter million) with unsurpassed professional care regardless of their financial circumstances. In fact, since opening our first clinic, not a single patient has been denied our care because of their ability to pay. Our patients — from newborns to senior adults — receive the finest diagnostic services, treatment counseling, rehabilitation, and one-on-one personal care.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 07:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 07:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Aid Svc.
(888) 310-0605
151 N Michigan Ave Apt 914
Chicago, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audio Consultants
(563) 265-8006
600 N College Ave
Geneseo, IL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Bloomington Normal Audiology
(309) 807-5489
1404 Eastland Dr Ste 203
Bloomington, IL
Services
Bloomington-Normal Audiology (BNA) is a business primarily created to be of service to people who have difficulties related to hearing loss, tinnitus, auditory processing disorders and/or vestibular disorders. It is also dedicated to promote hearing conservation and protection for those individuals exposed to loud environments.This office is established to provide diagnostic auditory and vestibular evaluations for individuals of all ages. Appointments for these services can be made through local
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 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 ,Saturday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Resurrection Hospital
(773) 639-2043
7435 W Talcott Ave
Chicago, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sertoma Sma Audiology
(708) 794-0660
2920 183rd St
Homewood, IL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Otolaryngology Group Ltd.
(847) 999-4662
3633 W Lake Ave Ste 300
Glenview, IL
Services
ServicesCounsellingOnce you have told us your problems and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements: * Which ear has a problem hearing? * Which style of hearing aid is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital? * Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automatically
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Health Center Inc.
(630) 487-5137
120 Oakbrook Ctr Ste 709
Oak Brook, IL
Services
The Hearing Health Center is renowned for their skill in comprehensive hearing assessments, diagnosing and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders, and prescribing and individually tuning every type of hearing instrument and personal communication device available.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Complete Hearing Care PC
(847) 613-4247
247 Robert Parker Coffin Rd
Long Grove, IL
Hours
Sunday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,Monday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Friday01:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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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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