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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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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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Hearing Associates PC
(847) 379-5086
35 Tower Ct Ste A
Gurnee, IL
Services
Diagnostic TestingAn appointment with one of our AudigyCertified™ Doctors of Audiology should be made for the purposes of testing and evaluating a suspected hearing loss.Dispensing of Digital Hearing AidsEvery patient undergoes a comprehensive hearing exam prior to receiving hearing aids to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. A detailed case history is also completed. Once a patient becomes a candidate for hearing aids based upon his/her hearing loss, all options are discus
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Associates of Deerfield
(847) 282-4258
400 Lake Cook Rd Ste 108
Deerfield, IL
Services
•Audiometric Evaluations: Adults•Hearing Aid: Sales and Service•Hearing Aid: Extended warranty sales and service•Hearing Aid evaluations•Ear Molds: Custom-made noise protection earmolds•Ear Molds: Swim Molds•Battery sales•Battery-club•Tympanometry•Real-ear measurement•Cerumen Removal•Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs): FM Systems•Tinnitus Diagnostics and Management•Middle Ear Implant diagnostics, Referral and management•C
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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Ear Nose & Throat Associates
(708) 390-0282
7350 W College Dr Ste 208
Palos Heights, IL
Services
ServicesEar, Nose and Throat Associates PC has been servicing the tri-state area since 1953. Throughout the years we have grown in both size and expertise. Currently we have three offices in Fort Wayne along with 10 clinics throughout the surrounding area.Providing patient care are 11 board certified otolaryngologists, along with an experienced staff of audiologists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, nurses and support personnel. We strive to provide the most up to date medical and surgi
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West Suburban Medical Center
(708) 321-4123
3 Erie Ct Ste 6120
Oak Park, IL
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OSF
(815) 564-2084
698 Featherstone Rd
Rockford, IL
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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.
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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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Northern Illinois ENT
(815) 825-4037
2535 Bethany Rd Ste 200
Sycamore, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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SIU School Of Medicine
(217) 566-4154
301 N 8th St Rm 5B201
Springfield, IL
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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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