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Phantom Sound Specialists Rochester MN

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Rochester. 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.

Mayo Hearing
(888) 903-2295
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Clinic Of St Cloud
(320) 281-4571
1528 Northway Dr
Saint Cloud, MN
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Ear ServicesThere can be many different ear-related problems which range from the simple earwax buildup to the more complex tumors. Our board certified ear, nose & throat specialists can diagnose and develop an appropriate treatment plan for you. Possible ear problems and treatments.The nose and sinuses are complex structures which have many functions. Problems with these can greatly affect quality of life and may become a serious concern. Our physicians are experienced with problems and tre
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Hearing Health Clinic
(952) 232-5418
1017 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN
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At Hearing Health Clinic our goal is to provide you with the best possible hearing care, based upon your individual needs. We provide a comprehensive array of services related to evaluation, rehabilitation and prevention of hearing impairment. These services include comprehensive hearing evaluations, specialized testing, auditory training, and aural rehabilitation.
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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 ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Quality Hearing Systems
(651) 356-6376
2115A East County Road D
Saint Paul, MN
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better understand your hearing problems and fit you with the best hearing aid that fits your hearing loss and price range. We stand behind our products with a 2 warranty and lifetime service and give customer service that is second to none. Most repairs and services are done while you wait so you are never without your hearing aid. We offer repairs and services on all other makes of hearing aids also. Call or stop in and check us out.
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Onsite Hearing Inc.
(952) 232-5604
5201 Eden Ave Ste 130
Minneapolis, MN
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Olmsted Medical Center
(507) 322-3564
210 9th St Se
Rochester, MN
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24-hour Emergency CareAnesthesiologyAnticoagulation ClinicAsthma & AllergyAudiologyBariatricsBirthCenterCenter for Weight Loss and WellnessDermatologyEar, Nose & ThroatEducation OutreachEmergency MedicineFamily MedicineFastCare ClinicGeneral SurgeryHealth and WellnessHospitalist ServicesImmunization & Travel ClinicInternal MedicineLactation ServicesNeurologyObstetrics & GynecologyOccupational MedicineOphthalmologyOptical CenterOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePain ManagementPathology / LabPatient Ed
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Care Specialists Ltd.
(952) 232-5565
10417 Excelsior Blvd Ste 2
Hopkins, MN
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Audiological ServicesOtoscopic Ear ExaminationsCerumen (Ear Wax) ConsultationComprehensive Hearing Evaluations for All AgesTympanometry (Middle ear function test)General Consultation regarding hearing lossHearing Conservation (Industrial testing)Tinnitus ConsulationHearing Loss Prevention StrategiesHearing Aid ServicesComplimentary Hearing Aid Demonstrations100% Digital Hearing AidsProgrammable Hearing AidsTraditional Analog Hearing AidsDirectional Microphone TechnologyRe-programming of hearing
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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River Valley Hearing Care Ctr
(888) 484-6849
1830 Commerce Dr
North Mankato, MN
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SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Hearing Associates
(866) 960-7361
4905 Matterhorn Dr
Duluth, MN
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Diagnostic Testing, Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment, Dispensing of Digital Hearing Aids, Hearing Aid Checks and Servicing, Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 06:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Fairmont Medical Center
(507) 399-0041
800 Medical Center Dr
Fairmont, MN
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Services & Specialties at Fairmont Medical CenterFairmont Medical Center''s physicians and allied health staff provide a full range of family care and many specialty and subspecialty healthcare services for patients in the Fairmont, Minnesota, and Armstrong, Iowa, area. To learn more about our services and specialties, select an option from the list below:AcupunctureAllergyAnesthesiologyAudiologyBalance ClinicBirthPlaceCardiac RehabilitationCardiologyDEXA ScanDiabetes EducationDietitian Services
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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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