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Phantom Sound Specialists Wilmington NC

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Wilmington. 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.

Wilmington Hearing Specialists
(910) 338-2905
3909 Wrightsville Ave # 110
Wilmington, NC
Services
Home What We Do Who We Are How To See Us Contact UsHearing TestingAuditory Processing EvaluationsBalance EvaluationsHearing Aid Evaluations, Fittings and Aural Rehabilitation
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 - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Wake Aud & Hrg Aid Assoc PLLC
(919) 728-9652
1954 S Main St
Wake Forest, NC
Services
* Adult and Pediatric Hearing Evaluations * Speech In Noise tests * Tinnitus Evaluations * Tympanometry/Acoustic Reflexes * Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) * Hearing Aids in all styles and technologies * Batteries and Accessories * Treatment for Benign Positional Vertigo (BPPV) * Assistive Listening and Alerting Devices * Amplified telephones * Industrial audiograms * School and employment audiograms * Hearing protection (custom & stock) * Musician''s earplugs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Carolina Audiology
(828) 358-0416
256C 10th Ave NE
Hickory, NC
Services
Hearing Aid Consultations, State-of-the-Art Digital Hearing Aids in a range of sizes and prices, Affordable Hearing Aid Repairs, Hearing Aid Batteries and Accessories, Custom Ear Molds including: Swim molds Hearing protection Musician earplugs, Assistive Listening Devices, Patient Educational Classes
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Carolina Audiology
(704) 445-7660
751 S Laurel St
Lincolnton, NC
Services
We provide a broad range of medical services, and care routinely for:Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat Head and Neck Surgery Center, P.A * Pediatric ear, nose, and throat disease * Voice and reflux disorders * Ear disease and hearing disorders * Sinus and nasal disease * Snoring and sleep apnea * Thyroid disorders * Head and neck cancer Carolina Audiology Clinic * Functional and neurologic hearing disorders * Vestibular/Balance disorders * Hearing AidsCarolina Sinus and A
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Coastal Hearing Centers
(910) 816-4213
302 Liberty St
Whiteville, NC
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Because Hearing Matters, PLLC
(910) 833-8145
313 Walnut St. Suite 109
Wilmington, NC
Specialty
Hearing Aids, Auditory Processing, Hearing Preservation, Forensics
Gender
Female
Education
Ph.D.
Professional Memberships
American Academy of Audiology, American Board of Audiology

WNC Hearing Aid Svcs
(828) 484-4301
63 Monticello Rd
Weaverville, NC
Services
Hearing Testing for determination of hearing aid eligibility Occupational Hearing Testing Counseling involving Hearing Aid amplification Referral Source to Otolarghinologists Sales and Service of most major brands of hearing aids Minor repairs done in office Cleaning & Adjustments Assistive listening devices Batteries & other consumables Speciality Hearing Devices Availibility in all of Western North Carolina
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Exela Hearing Services LLC
(704) 323-5318
817 East Morehead St Ste 200
Charlotte, NC
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Healthcare Ctrs of NC
(704) 461-1041
635 Cox Rd Ste C
Gastonia, NC
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 - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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University Of North Carolina
(919) 283-5716
6015 Farrington Rd Ste 103
Chapel Hill, NC
Services
Our MissionOur mission is to improve the health of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We will accomplish this by achieving excellence and providing leadership in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research.Patient CareAs a key component of the UNC Health Care System, the School of Medicine will provide superb care to North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We will maintain our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations. Excellence in education and re
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,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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