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Phantom Sound Specialists Youngstown OH

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Youngstown. 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.

Saint Elizabeth Hospital
(330) 787-9513
1044 Belmont Ave
Youngstown, OH
Hours
SundayClosed
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Lippy Group Hearing Aid Center
(330) 984-4418
3893 E Market St
Warren, OH
Services
A wide range of medical services is provided at the Lippy Group for Ear, Nose and Throat. These include:Evaluation and diagnosis of ENT disorders Medical and surgical management of ENT disorders Daily urgent care appointments Pediatric Otolaryngology Balance Clinic Botox Cosmetic Hearing Aids Allergy Clinic CT Scanner
Hours
SundayClosed
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B. Dennis Shaw M Ed
(724) 734-4076
1951 Shenango Valley Fwy Ste 1SW
Hermitage, PA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Luebbe Hearing Aid Center Inc.
(614) 454-3599
5074 N High St
Columbus, OH
Services
Diagnostic TestingTinnitus Evaluation and TreatmentDispensing of Digital Hearing AidsHearing Aid Checks and ServicingAssistive Listening Devices (ALDs
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Ronald L. Devore Md
(937) 630-4263
8375 Yankee St
Dayton, OH
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Youngstown Hearing & Speech
(330) 787-9492
6614 Southern Blvd
Youngstown, OH
Services
The Youngstown Hearing & Speech Center (YHSC) is a comprehensive hearing and Speech Center serving infants, children and adults with communication disorders. YHSC provides administrative assistance for The Community Center for the Deaf which provides case management and interpreting services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing in a twelve county region from Ashtabula to Steubenville.
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Saint Joseph Health Center
(330) 984-4408
667 Eastland Ave SE
Warren, OH
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SundayClosed
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J. K. Hearing Center
(440) 969-6410
170 Huntington Trail
Cortland, OH
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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Family Hearing and Balance Center.com
(330) 752-6743
2800 S Arlington Rd Ste 102
Akron, OH
Services
Audiological EvaluationsTinnitus Evaluation & TheraphyBalance TestingEar Molds: Swim molds & Custom-made noise protection earmoldsHearing AidsHearing Evaluations
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Cleveland Clinic - Solon
(440) 287-7658
29800 Bainbridge Rd
Solon, OH
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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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