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Phantom Sound Specialists Tacoma WA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Tacoma. 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.

Harbor Audiology & Hearing
(253) 777-0922
1901 S 72nd St Ste A14
Tacoma, WA
Services
No charge for hearing aid consults with valid audiogramsAll hearing instruments are fitted on a 30-day initial basisGuaranteed successful fittingsAccess to the most technologically advanced instruments availableIn-house and manufacturer modifications and repairsOffice visits included throughout warranty period of the instrumentComplete Hearing Health Care:Batteries provided for the life of your hearing instrumentsQuarterly cleanings and adjustmentsYearly audiometric screeningsYearly hearing inst
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Stantan Erwin M.D.
(253) 777-3224
316 Martin Luther King Jr Way Ste 305
Tacoma, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Harbor Audiology And Hearing
(253) 292-5202
4700 Point Fosdick Dr Nw Ste 212
Gig Harbor, WA
Services
Free hearing aid consults with valid audiogramsAll hearing instruments are fitted on a 30-day initial basisGuaranteed successful fittingsAccess to the most technologically advanced instruments availableIn-house and manufacturer modifications and repairsOffice visits included throughout warranty period of the instrumentComplete Hearing Health Care * Batteries provided for the life of your hearing instruments * Quarterly cleanings and adjustments * Yearly audiometric screenings * Yearl
Hours
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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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South Seattle Otolaryngology
(206) 792-9324
16259 Sylvester Rd SW Ste 505
Burien, WA
Services
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists, also known as Otolaryngologists, attend to disorders in the ears, nose and throat and associated areas of the neck and base of the skull. Our ENT surgeons have training in otolaryngology with additional specialized training in:Otology (Ear Specialty): * Ear tube placement (PET) * Surgery for chronic ear disease (Mastoidectomy) * Ear drum repair (Tympanoplasty) * Surgery for hearing restoration (Ossiculoplasty, Stapedectomy) * Cauliflower ear
Hours
SundayClosed
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All About Hearing Inc
(360) 419-4486
218 E. Rio Vista
Burlington, WA
Services
FREE Demonstration of Oticon Agil hearing aids!Free Hearing Test and ConsultationFree Listening Demo - Try aids at home and work with no risk. Complete line of hearing devicesSpecialty earmolds - I-Pod, Noisebrakers, Sleep plugs0% financing availableL&I claims started and servicedMost major insurances accepted
Hours
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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Audiology/Hear Center
(253) 777-3204
5821 Sprague Court
Tacoma, WA
Hours
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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Nicholas Hamill, M.D.
(253) 777-3138
1901 S Union B2010
Tacoma, WA
Hours
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 - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Virginia Mason South
(253) 336-4546
33501 1st Way S
Federal Way, WA
Services
Anesthesiology, Anticoagulation Clinic, Asthma/Allergy, Audiology, Bariatric (Obesity) Surgery, Bone Density Scanning, Brain Cancer, Breast Cancer, CT Scans, Cardiology, Cochlear Implants, Cosmetic Surgery, Dermatology, Diabetes Care, Endocrinology, Eye Care, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Gynecology, Head & Neck Surgery, Headache Clinic, Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention, Laboratory facilities, Lung Cancer, MRI, Mammography, Nephrology, Neurology, Nutrition Servi
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 01:30 PM
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Highline Hearing Professionals (formerly Highline Audiology)
(206) 792-9355
14400 Ambaum Blvd SW Ste G
Burien, WA
Services
We provide maintenance and minor repairs for most hearing aids in our office.When we cannot fix a hearing aid in-house, we can send it to the original manufacturer or to an all-make repair lab. Often the aids can be returned to original specifications. Instruments sent out for repair are generally ready to be picked up in ten days to two weeks.We offer no-charge loaner instruments to patients who must send their hearing aids in for repair.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Spencer Audiology Clinic Inc
(360) 312-4772
1000 McKenzie Ave Ste 12
Bellingham, WA
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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