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Phantom Sound Specialists Springfield IL

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Springfield. 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.

SIU School Of Medicine
(217) 566-4154
301 N 8th St Rm 5B201
Springfield, IL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiological Laboratory Ltd
(847) 440-7339
8780 W Golf Rd Ste 200
Niles, IL
Services
Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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University Of Chicago
(773) 295-7084
5835 S Cottage Grove Ave DCAM Room 4754
Chicago, IL
Hours
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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Susan Rogan Hearing
(708) 469-6770
419 N La Grange Rd Ste 1
La Grange Park, IL
Services
Customized and prescription hearing aid fittings• Digital and programmable hearing aid programming• Computerized analysis of all hearing devices• On site and factory hearing instrument repairs (all makes)• Assistive listening devices: • Phone and TV amplifiers • Telephone and Doorbell alerting Systems• TDDs and accessories• Bluetooth Cell Phone Ear Sets• Customized ear protection for Musicians, Dentist, Hunters and Airline employees• Batteries: (
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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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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Central Illinois
(217) 636-4019
2534 Farragut Dr
Springfield, IL
Services
Diagnostic hearing evaluation Industrial hearing conservation program compliant with OSHA Treatment of non-medical hearing disorders through hearing aids or assistive development Hearing protective devices Counseling on hearing disorders and prevention Hearing aid repair service for all makes and accessories
Hours
SundayClosed
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Lawrence G. Clayton MA
(815) 873-6019
435 N Mulford Rd Ste 10
Rockford, IL
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SundayClosed
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Loyola Center For Health
(708) 390-0279
15750 Marian Dr
Homer Glen, IL
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SundayClosed
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Steinwart Audiology & Speech
(630) 608-4576
1411 S Bridge St
Yorkville, IL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sertoma Sma Audiology
(708) 794-0660
2920 183rd St
Homewood, IL
Hours
SundayClosed
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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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