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Phantom Sound Specialists Rapid City SD

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Rapid City. 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.

Mountain Plains
(605) 593-4701
1522 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
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Mountain Plains
(605) 593-4701
1522 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
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Regional Hearing Center
(605) 593-4731
640 Flormann St
Rapid City, SD
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Testing (all tests include history and otoscopy)Adult Hearing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation (standard hearing testing protocol):Pure tone Air and Bone Speech threshold scrimination Tympanograms Reflexese tone air o Central Auditory Processing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation Central Processing test batSpeech in noise comprehension testingHINT (Used by some government agencies)SPRINT (Military)Quick SAided thresholds
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Professional Hearing Service
(605) 884-9426
405 18th Ave NE
Watertown, SD
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Midwest ENT Associates PC
(605) 610-2421
2315 W 57th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
The EarsHearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of Otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.The NoseAbout 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common
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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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Regional Hearing Center
(605) 593-4731
640 Flormann St
Rapid City, SD
Services
Testing (all tests include history and otoscopy)Adult Hearing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation (standard hearing testing protocol):Pure tone Air and Bone Speech threshold scrimination Tympanograms Reflexese tone air o Central Auditory Processing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation Central Processing test batSpeech in noise comprehension testingHINT (Used by some government agencies)SPRINT (Military)Quick SAided thresholds
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SundayClosed
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Stanford Hearing Aids
(605) 610-2473
301 W 14th St
Sioux Falls, SD
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Audiological and Hearing Aid Services
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Clinics
(605) 277-4648
16 5th St NE
Watertown, SD
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Centers
(888) 430-3450
3801 S Western Ave Ste 105
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
Assistive Listening Devices,Battery Program,Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations,Hearing Aid Clean and Checks,Hearing Aid Demonstrations,Hearing Aid Evaluations,Hearing Aid Fittings,Hearing Aid Repair Service,Hearing Health Club,Loaner Hearing Aids,Noise Protection,Tinnitus Diagnostics and Management,Video-Otoscopy and Wax Removal
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Mc Kennan Hospital
(605) 610-2500
1325 S Cliff Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,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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