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Phantom Sound Specialists Saint Petersburg FL

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Saint Petersburg. 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.

Broadwater Hearing Care
(727) 346-6935
4107 5th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL
Services
Today, one in 10 Americans suffers from hearing loss, but many are not aware of their condition or where to go for help. Broadwater Hearing Care of St. Petersburg understands this and offers quality hearing tests and evaluations to determine your treatment needs. Audiologist Susan Terry provides optimal correction for hearing loss and impairment.
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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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American Institute Of Balance
(727) 346-6916
8200 Bryan Dairy Rd Ste 340
Largo, FL
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AIB developed the Affiliate Program in response to the overwhelming need for a branded national network of vestibular and equilibrium service providers. The comprehensive Affiliate Program is a culmination of the first major steps of professional association with AIB: Education and Certification.
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SundayClosed
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Diagnostic Clinic
(727) 474-0483
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, FL
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SundayOpen by Appointment ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Digital Hearing Systems
(727) 470-6831
2162 Main St Coastal Plaza
Dunedin, FL
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SundayOpen by Appointment ,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 Wellness Center
(561) 327-4084
3111 S Dixie Hwy Ste 237
West Palm Beach, FL
Services
Ten years ago the Deaf Service Center recognized the need to expand our services to include Audiology services. We spent years raising the money to construct a new Audiology department in West Palm Beach before beginning the program titled the HEARING WELLness Center. Our success over the past 4 years has enabled us to expand these same audiology services to our Delray Beach location. This allows us to better serve our clients in the southern part of the county.Through the Center we conduct comp
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sound Advice Hearing Solutions
(727) 346-6922
3173 4th St N
Saint Petersburg, FL
Services
The Sound Advice Hearing team is committed to an exceptional level of customer service and a stress-free hearing healthcare experience. Our skilled, caring staff of professionals works hard to ensure your hearing correction experience is seamless, easy and effective. As an independent practice, we can offer our clients any make and model of hearing aid. We are proud to offer free hearing tests and risk free one-week trials of all the latest devices and accessories.We repair all makes and model
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Edward B. Kampson, M.D.,p.A.
(813) 489-5112
2835 W De Leon St Ste 202
Tampa, FL
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Tampa Bay Hearing & Bal. Ctr.
(813) 379-2772
5 Tampa General Circle Suite 610
Tampa, FL
Services
We serve all ages at the Tampa Bay Hearing and Balance Center. Our services are comprehensive and include: * Ear, Hearing, Balance and Skull-Base Disorders * Surgeries of the Ear, Inner Ear, Facial Nerve and Skull-Base * Cochlear Implant Surgery, Consulting, Mapping, and Ongoing Care * Hearing Assessment & Testing * Implantable Hearing Aids * Digital Hearing Aids * Dizziness, Vertigo, and Imbalance Assessment & Treatment * Electrophysiology Testing
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology and Hearing Center
(813) 343-4981
10860 Sheldon Rd
Tampa, FL
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Advanced Diagnostics &
(813) 793-7721
522 Oakfield Drive
Brandon, FL
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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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