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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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Resurrection Health Center
(773) 770-4079
2900 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL
Services
Addiction Services Alcohol/Drug Rehabilitation Allergy Services Alzheimer''s Care Arthritis/Rheumatology Services Assisted Living Centers Asthma Care Center Audiology Services BBaby Pictures Back and Neck Pain Center Balance Disorders Bariatric Programs Behavioral Health Services Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Breast Services/Mammography CCancer Services Cardiac Services Care-A-Van Transportation Center for Breast Care Chemical Dependency Treatment Child Care Centers Child Development Colon and
Hours
Sunday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Monday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
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Easter Seals DuPage & the Fox Valley Region
(847) 915-4626
799 S McLean Blvd
Elgin, IL
Services
Comprehensive audiology services have been provided since 1981 at this location. These services include hearing screening, testing and hearing aid fitting/follow-up and repair. Services are for newborns through seniors. Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Loyola Primary Care Center
(630) 225-7023
140 E Loop Rd
Wheaton, IL
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SundayClosed
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Affordable Hearing Solutions
(630) 608-4504
1935 Springbrook Square Drive Suite 109
Naperville, IL
Hours
SundayClosed
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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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Audiologic Services
(630) 225-7052
487 Pennsylvania Ave
Glen Ellyn, IL
Services
Diagnostic TestingVNG Test - Videonystagmography
Hours
Sunday11:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Monday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Hearing Aid Center
(630) 487-5134
11 Salt Creek Ln Ste 101
Hinsdale, IL
Services
Summary of Services Provided • Hearing Aid Evaluation/Fitting/Checks • Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment • Ear molds (Swim plugs, IPOD molds, musicians ear plugs, etc.) • Cochlear Implant Evaluation/Mapping • Bone Anchored Hearing Aid Evaluation/Fitting/Checks
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SundayClosed
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The Hearing Place, LLC
(618) 952-4006
3000 W Deyoung St Ste 470
Marion, IL
Services
Hearing screenings, comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid sales, services, & repairs, hearing aid programming, hearing consultations, and ear cleanings. Walk-ins are welcomed and after hours are available by appointment only.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Saturday08:30 AM - 05:30 AM by Appointment
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Dupage Medical Group
(630) 592-4542
1801 S Highland Ave Ste 220
Lombard, IL
Hours
Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,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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