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Phantom Sound Specialists Pittsburgh PA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Pittsburgh. 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.

Center For Hrg And Deaf Svc
(412) 567-4681
1945 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Services
Hearing & Hearing Aid EvaluationsEar molds, swim plugs, hearing protectionHearing Aid Sales and ServiceIndustrial Hearing Screening ProgramHearing Aid Recycling ProgramAssistive Devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Eartique
(412) 567-5411
2703 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
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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Karla J. Floyd Audiologist
(412) 436-3358
11743 Frankstown Rd Ste G
Pittsburgh, PA
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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L A Lenkner Audiology & Speech
(412) 685-4159
4000 Main St
Homestead, PA
Services
* Audiological testing * Diagnostic Hearing testing * Tympanometry * Hearing aid evaluation * Visible Speech * Hearing aid dispensing * Hearing aid batteries and supplies * Custom Earmolds * Swimmolds * Custom Hearing Protection Earmolds * Musician Earmolds * Aural rehabilitation * Hearing aid repairs * Lip Reading/Speech Reading training * Speech-Language Evaluations & treatment (limited to pre-school & school age children)
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 - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Southwestern Hrg. Health Svcs.
(412) 308-5607
2754 S Park Rd
Bethel Park, PA
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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HearWell Center
(412) 436-3359
2400 Ardmore Blvd Ste 401
Pittsburgh, PA
Services
Hearing Testing for both adults and childrenHearing Aids of all types and makesCustom products for the ear (earmolds for phones, music devices and hearing protection)Auditory TrainingTinnitus treatment
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Hearing Unlimited Inc.
(412) 436-3357
665 Rodi Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Hear Best
(412) 253-2913
658 Washington Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 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 ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Southwestern Hearing Care Inc.
(412) 927-0197
500 N Lewis Run Rd Ste 117
West Mifflin, PA
Services
Starkey - Family of Products with Drive Architecture s series iQ Starkey''s new line of hearing aids - where indusry-leading technology and design meet real life to create an unparalleled listening experience. Walk into any room with confidence. - Experience maximum comfort with the clearest speech possible even in the noisiest environments. Hold a conversation anywhere. - Invision Directionality filters out unwanted background noise to significantly improve your understanding of speech. Precise
Hours
SundayClosed
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Community Hearing Aid Services
(412) 453-5002
4655 William Flynn Hwy Hampton Shoppes Suite 125-E
Allison Park, PA
Services
Hearing Testing, Hearing aids, Hearing aid repair, assistive listening devices, individual and family counselling re: hearing loss and amplification
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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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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