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Phantom Sound Specialists Toms River NJ

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Toms River. 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.

New Jersey Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers
(732) 573-6295
500 Lakehurst Rd
Toms River, NJ
Services
We are a full-service audiology and hearing aid dispensing practice with two conveniently located offices just minutes from Garden State Parkway exit 81 and exit 63. We have two full-time Doctors of Audiology and two in-house ENT physicians to better serve you and streamline your care. We provide comprehensive diagnostic hearing tests, tinnitus evaluations and treatments, dizziness and vertigo evaluations and treatments, hearing aid dispensing and repairs. Same day fitting of hearing aids is av
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Forked River Hearing Aid Ctr.
(609) 488-4043
442 Lacey Rd
Forked River, NJ
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SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 3:00pm ( ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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NJ Hearing Health Center, Inc.
(732) 451-6329
1673 Route 88
Brick, NJ
Services
Hearing Aid Evaluation/Prescription/FittingPatients are evaluated for hearing aid amplification based upon audiologic findings. Recommendations are given for the most appropriate model and circuitry. Patients are presented with choices and options depending upon their individual needs. Hearing aid check-ups are routine for adults. For our pediatric populations, ongoing evaluations are performed to obtain additional information for adjustments and transitions from one academic or physical setting
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Coastal Hearing & Balance Center
(732) 312-5202
3700 State Route 33
Neptune, NJ
Services
Adult and Pediatric Hearing Evaluations Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Hearing Aid Evaluation and Fitting Hearing Aid Repair Tinnitus Treatment Vestibular Evaluation
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 07:00 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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Professional Hearing Speech
(732) 982-4146
4257 US Highway 9 Suite 6B
Freehold, NJ
Services
Speech Therapy Infant & Pediatric Hearing Testing Adult Hearing Testing
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SundayClosed
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Garden State Hearing
(732) 606-4352
83 Route 37 W
Toms River, NJ
Services
Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss is suspected, an appointment with one of our certified Audiologists should be made for the purposes of testing and evaluation.The test is completed in a sound booth using earphones and bone conduction oscillator. The Audiologist then uses the audiogram to determine the type and severity of hearing loss. These tests should help determine whether a hearing loss is best treated medically or with hearing aids.ENG Test - ElectronystagmogramThe ENG test is probably
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SundayClosed
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Sound Hearing Center/Dr. S Moosa Jaffari MD.
(732) 719-4530
814 River Ave
Lakewood, NJ
Services
We provide a full range of ear, nose, and throat sevices. This includes audiological sevices and hearing aid dispensing under physician supervision. This allows the patient full medical claerence and ongoing medical treatment of hearing loss.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment
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Total Hearing Care - Brick
(732) 451-3013
525 Jack Martin Blvd Ste 104
Brick, NJ
Services
Authorized sales and service of major digital hearing aid brandsHearing Tests and EvaluationsHearing Aid Cleanings and AdjustmentsHearing Aid Battery SalesSales of Assisted Listening DevicesMedicaid Provider
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Total Hearing Care - Neptune
(732) 361-4412
444 Neptune Blvd Unit 1
Neptune, NJ
Services
Authorized sales and service of major digital hearing aid brandsHearing Tests and EvaluationsHearing Aid Cleanings and AdjustmentsHearing Aid Battery SalesSales of Assisted Listening DevicesMedicaid Provider
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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Sound Hearing Solutions
(732) 982-2055
301 US Highway 9
Freehold, NJ
Services
Hearing Test/ Hearing Aids Sales/ Hearing Aid Sevice Hearing Aid Repairs/ FM Systems
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment
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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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