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.

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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?

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...

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...

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...

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...
Ask another . If there is another person in the room, ask that person if they heard what you did. If you are alone, and you experience hearing things in a room that should not be there, consider getting a psychiatric evaluation based on the symptoms you are experiencing. Read more...

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...
Hearing . By definition anauditory hallucination is hearing something in the environment that does not exist in reality. Auditory hallucinations are most often experienced by those suffering from schizophrenia. Read more...

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

No. Hypogogic hallucinations are brief hallucinations that can occur between sleep and waking. They are not a harbinger of a psychotic disorder. Read more...
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...

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...
Illusions. are misconceptions of actual stimuli, whereas the definition of an hallucination is an experience involving the apparent perception of something not present. In other words, hallucinations occur in the absence of any outside stimuli (i.e. outside of a person's brain). Read more...

Does every auditory hallucination come from brain damage?

No. Usually auditory hallucinatios are from mental illness but theyt can come from drugs or delirium or brain damage. The most common form of hallucinations from brain damage is visual hallucinations. However, if an older person had voices we would worry about brain issues. A younger person with voices is usually psychotic but we would still check the brain. Read more...
No. Hallucinations do not have to come from brain damage. In schizophrenia the dopamine hypothesis holds that there is too much dopamine in the new receptors in the brain. This causes hallucinations. So another words we're not talking about brain damage per se. We are talking about a chemical imbalance. Read more...
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...

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 be either, or. It would depend on whether you were asleep or awake when you heard the sound. Could be a parasomnia. Or, there may have actually been a sound that your mind/brain interpreted as scary -- like if a picture hanging on a wall suddenly falls down in the night. The resultant "crash" might wake & alarm you, but you wouldn't be awake enough to determine what happened. Please discuss with your doc. Read more...
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...