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A 23-year-old female asked:

i'm having problems with waking up at 2am from auditory hallucinations. they're loud and usually a phone dining when no one called. is this normal?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Dreaming: If you are asleep when you hear this, it is not auditory hallucinations, but a dream. A hallucination occurs when awake. Sometimes people do have recurrent dreams of the same type. Avoid caffeine, eating, recreational drugs, large amounts of alcohol, and exercise right before bed (within 4 hours). If you are having hallucinations (hearing things when awake), you ned to see your doctor ASAP.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

I think that I am having auditory hallucinations. Should I be worried?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Need evaluation: You don't say much about your situation, but auditory hallucinations can be part of multiple conditions. They need to be evaluated by a physician so you can get help with whatever is happening with you. Please don't ignore this.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What drugs can work for auditory hallucinations?

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Evaluation: It is important to see a psychiatrist in order to clarify what is causing the auditory hallucinations. Such symptoms can occur in many conditions and it is important to make sure the underlying condition is being addressed. Usually, at least in the short term, an antipsychotic medication is utilized, of which there are more than 20 approved in the U.S. Alone.
Dr. David Teicheira
Pain Management 36 years experience
It's also important the understand what you're hallucinating and if you have psychiatric condition. Some hallucinations may be in the normal range of sensory exprience, like synesthesia (google). I personally "smell " tobacco smoke frequently,even when there is absolutely no smoke around. Is this a hallucination or just a short circui in my brain?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Dr. Teicheira: Thanks for sharing your experience. I know this may seem odd to you, but maybe it might interest you that smelling tobacco smoke when none is present, is actually a feature of several homeopathic remedies. Of course this is not enough to prescribe on, as richer understanding of the person is needed first. But it's a curious fact!
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are auditory hallucinations always a bad sign? What do they indicate?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Not always: Many people with early hearing loss will experience auditory hallucinations, and this is not a worrisome process. Of course, many with schizophrenia will exhibit this, and some neurological lesions can cause these (but more often visual), and some medication reactions are associated with this.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the means by which auditory hallucinations happen?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 13 years experience
Brain dysfunction: There are multiple brain regions that show abnormal function including superior temporal cortical regions that encompasses the primary auditory cortex, broca’s area, the basal ganglia, anterior cingulate and the temporoparietal region. You can read this at http://cercor.Oxfordjournals.Org/content/14/1/91.Full.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Need docs help! I am having auditory hallucinations?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
This is an urgent: Situation. You need medical evaluation.

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