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Auditory Hallucination (Overview)

In general, a hallucination is a perceptual experience in the absence of external stimuli. Hallucinations can occur in any sensory modality including auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory. Auditory hallucinations refer to the experience of "hearing" something in the absence of an external noise.


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Can you tell me if migraines can cause auditory hallucinations?

Can you tell me if migraines can cause auditory hallucinations?

Yes, but uncommon: Auditory hallucinations are uncommon, but do occur before or during migraine attacks. They usually feature the sound of human voices. Because these are unusual manifestations of migraine, doctors should consider other possible causes, such as a brain tumor, epilepsy, or schizophrenia. ...Read more

Auditory Hallucination (Overview)

In general, a hallucination is a perceptual experience in the absence of external stimuli. Hallucinations can occur in any sensory modality including auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory. Auditory hallucinations refer to the experience of "hearing" something in the absence of an external noise.


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Can OCD cause loud internal dialog? When my OCD acts up I get normal obsessive thoughts but also loud "yelling" in my head. It's not auditory hallucination, just loud obsessive thoughts. Is this normal?

Can OCD cause loud internal dialog? When my OCD acts up I get normal obsessive thoughts but also loud "yelling" in my head. It's not auditory hallucination, just loud obsessive thoughts. Is this normal?

Yes: Thoughts get louder the longer we focus on them. If the thoughts surround the things we obsess about then anxiety makes the volume increase. Learn to distract yourself and use positive self talk to compete with the thoughts. Psychopharmacology and Talk therapy, specifically coginitive behavioral therapy also helps. You don't need to live in such discomfort! Take Care ...Read more

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What drugs can work for auditory hallucinations?

What drugs can work for auditory hallucinations?

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. ...Read more

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Did I just have an auditory hallucination? How can I tell?

Did I just have an auditory hallucination? How can I tell?

Reality testing: People who hallucinate experience what might appear to be sensory input when no source of the input is present. The process of reality testing allows people to act like scientists to determine whether there is an objective source of the input or whether the apparent perception is self-generated. Examining sounds further might include comparing different sounds or asking others what they hear. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: auditory hallucination?

Hallucination: In general, a hallucination is a perceptual experience in the absence of external stimuli. Hallucinations can occur in any sensory modality including auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory. Auditory hallucinations refer to the experience of "hearing" something in the absence of an external noise. ...Read more

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I have auditory hallucination upon waking, should I be concerned?

I have auditory hallucination upon waking, should I be concerned?

Not likely: I believe what you're describing is what's known as a hypnopompic hallucinations. This is a type of hallucination that occurs when a person is just waking up. It does not mean that the person is schizophrenic, or has any of the other psychotic disorders. Hip no Gothic hallucinations, on the other hand, occur when a person is just going to sleep, again not indicative of a serious psychotic disorder ...Read more

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Is it considered an auditory hallucination if one hears something with a stimulus? There was always a real voice from people but I misconstrued it.

Is it considered an auditory hallucination if one hears something with a stimulus? There was always a real voice from people but I misconstrued it.

Misperception: What you describe would be a misperception or illusion, since there is an outside stimulus. As dr. Fowler says, hallucinations are perceptions that come without an outside stimulus at all. Both illusions and hallucinations can be problematic for the person experiencing them, though. ...Read more

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Is ringing in the ears an auditory hallucination?

Not hallucination: Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is a symptom of an underlying condition. It is a common problem that tends to worsen with age and can be disruptive. It can be heard just by the sufferer or by others as well. Tinnitus can be caused by a few health conditions. A common cause is inner ear hair cell damage. If you have tinnitus, see your provider for evaluation and see an ENT for exam and audiometry. ...Read more

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How can u differentiate normal internal dialoge from auditory hallucination of schizpophrenia? Don't both conditions have voice in the head?

Not even close: Internal dialog is under self-control and is identified with self. Also identified as internal and evidence that it corresponds with reality is sought by the non-psychotic. ...Read more

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Is it considered an auditory hallucination if the sound feels to be playing in your head rather than come from the actual source?

Is it considered an auditory hallucination if the sound feels to be playing in your head rather than come from the actual source?

Hallucinations: Hallucinations are psychotic processes. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory, visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common. ...Read more

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Can OCD cause loud internal dialog? When my OCD acts up I get normal obsessive thoughts but also loud "yelling" in my head. It's not auditory hallucination, just loud obsessive thoughts. Is this normal?

Yes: Thoughts get louder the longer we focus on them. If the thoughts surround the things we obsess about then anxiety makes the volume increase. Learn to distract yourself and use positive self talk to compete with the thoughts. Psychopharmacology and Talk therapy, specifically coginitive behavioral therapy also helps. You don't need to live in such discomfort! Take Care ...Read more

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Does every auditory hallucination come from brain damage?

Does every auditory hallucination come from brain damage?

No: Auditory hallucinations commonly occur with psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia. In most cases, there is no evidence of physical brain damage in schizophrenia. Auditory hallucinations can also be be a side effect of certain medications, especially stimulant medications such as Ritalin, (methylphenidate) Adderall, and Amantadine. Traumatic brain injury does increase the risk of psychiatric illness. ...Read more

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Could hearing a scary sound in the middle of the night after going to sleep depressed be an auditory hallucination? Or part of a night mare?

Could hearing a scary sound in the middle of the night after going to sleep depressed be an auditory hallucination? Or part of a night mare?

Parasomnia: Parasomnia (experiencing a sleep state while awake). Hallucinations associated with falling asleep=hypnogogic. Hallucinations associated with waking up=hypnopomnic hallucinations. This are not psychiatric conditions. ...Read more

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Passed out briefly w/ auditory hallucination, blurry peripheral vision foggy mind for past week, bloodwork ok but carbon dioxide level 19. Causes?

Passed out briefly w/ auditory hallucination, blurry peripheral vision foggy mind for past week, bloodwork ok but carbon dioxide level 19. Causes?

Unknown: We are much better at answering what DID NOT cause such an event than what did.

Follow your doctor's recommendations regarding referrals for such things as cardiology and neurology referral. If your doctor is saying that these aren't indicated, I'd ask him/her what the diagnosis is to explain this event. ...Read more

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I am experiencing high blood pressure (hypertension), auditory hallucination, red or bloodshot eyes, heart murmur, difficulty thinking and balance...I'm a meth addict, daily for 2 years, . 5+ grams. Will these symptoms be reversible if I quit?

I am experiencing high blood pressure (hypertension), auditory hallucination, red or bloodshot eyes, heart murmur, difficulty thinking and balance...I'm a meth addict, daily for 2 years, . 5+ grams. Will these symptoms be reversible if I quit?

Meth: Continuing w/meth will only make things worse. You have good change to reverse many of your symptoms when you stop. Your symptoms are like a sneeze when you have a cold, not the underlying issue, which is meth. Please do get health ASAP. Start w/seeing your doctor for safety sake and referrals. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What drugs can work for auditory hallucinations?

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. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm having auditory hallucinations?

Sort it all out: Auditory hallucinations can occur for a variety of reasons. It could be a side effect of a medication you are taking. It could be a mental health condition that runs in the family. It could be stress. It could be grief or bereavement. The list goes on and on. Talk with your doctor to get an initial impression. Your doctor may run some tests or refer you to a specialist for more evaluations ...Read more

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What are the means by which auditory hallucinations happen?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Visual and auditory hallucinations: what exactly are they and what do they indicate?

Visual and auditory hallucinations: what exactly are they and what do they indicate?

Hallucinations: Hallucinations are false perceptions. That means-perceiving things that are not really there, but seem very real and vivid to the person experiencing it.
Hallucinations may indicate:
psychiatric disorder, such as schizophrenia, psychotic depression
medical disorder, such as delirium
substance abuse disorder
mentally healthy people with significant visual loss can have visual hallucinations. ...Read more

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Lately I have been experiencing auditory hallucinations followed by visual hallucinations and more often now than ever before. What does this mean?

See a doctor: Hallucinations can arise for a number of different reasons and it would be wise to see a doctor to help find out the cause of your hallucinations. You may need some medical testing and to answer some questions to help clarify a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if migraines can cause auditory hallucinations?

Yes, but uncommon: Auditory hallucinations are uncommon, but do occur before or during migraine attacks. They usually feature the sound of human voices. Because these are unusual manifestations of migraine, doctors should consider other possible causes, such as a brain tumor, epilepsy, or schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are clairvoyance = visual hallucinations and clairaudience = auditory hallucinations?

Hallucinations: Yes, clairvoyance may be visual hallucinations and clairaudience may be auditory hallucinations. Some individuals who happen to be excellent hypnotic subjects are able to experience auditory and visual hallucinations. So autosuggestion can produce the same phenomena. Scientific studies have failed to validate esp. However, that does not prove it doesn't exist. Just no scientific evidence for it. ...Read more

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What are some reasons why visual and auditory hallucinations would start suddenly in an elderly person?

What are some reasons why visual and auditory hallucinations would start suddenly in an elderly person?

Delirium: Delirium is a medical emergency associated w/high mortality if underlying cause is not treated. It is defined by sudden onset of hallucinations (audio, visual or both) & delusions w/fluctuating states of consciousness & awareness. In other words, patient all of a sudden starts acting crazy. This can be due to pain, low oxygen, drugs, salt/mineral imbalance, kidney/ liver failure, heart attack, etc. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Is there any relation between borderline personality and visual/auditory hallucinations?

Is there any relation between borderline personality and visual/auditory hallucinations?

BPD/Hallucinations: Bpd can have episodes of brief psychoses due to poor reality orientation & dissociative states. ...Read more

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What is the leading medication for auditory hallucinations for people with schizophrenia?

What is the leading medication for auditory hallucinations for people with schizophrenia?

Everyone is unique: Some respond & tolerate one drug better than another. I like Clozapine but it requires frequent blood tests & has some side effects that some pts find hard to tolerate. ...Read more

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I'm on Risperdal for auditory hallucinations but now I'm experiencing visual hallucinations, specially if I forget to take the pill. Is it normal?

Possibly: Our bodies react in a wide variety of ways to withdrawl symptoms. What kind of visual hallucinations are you experiencing? Do you experience a return of auditory hallucinations if you forget to take Risperdal? ...Read more

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Hallucinations (Definition)

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