Thursday, 8 May 2008

Hearing music that isn't there

You've probably been tormented by a catchy song playing over and over in your head. Spare a thought then for those people for whom this phenomenon is taken to the next level: the song or songs sound real and they play round the clock. They have what's called 'musical hallucinosis'.

Besides hearing music that isn't there, such people often have no other psychological complaints. Now Ramon Mocellin and colleagues have described three typical cases and proposed a tentative neurobiological account of why the condition occurs.

Case one was an 82-year-old patient who lived in a remote farm house. She reported loud music to the police and even sent her husband driving round the neighbourhood looking for the source. She eventually realised the music was a 'trick of her imagination'. Apart from deafness, the woman had no other neurological or psychiatric abnormalities.

Case two was a 62-year-old surfer. He heard the opening bars of Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child for six months, when there was really no sound there. This man had mild deafness and smoked cannabis but otherwise had no other relevant medical history.

The last case, a 78-year-old, was profoundly deaf, had Alzheimer's disease and lived in a care home. He heard hymns and songs that were popular in the 1940s and 50s. Although he had cognitive impairments associated with dementia, he had no other psychotic symptoms besides hearing music that wasn't there.

Ramon Mocellin and his colleagues explained that people with musical hallucinosis generally realise that their auditory experiences are a trick of the mind, thus distinguishing their symptoms from the hallucinations experienced by people with psychosis, who generally believe their unusual perceptions are real.

As demonstrated by the above cases, musical hallucinosis is often associated with deafness and Mocellin's team think the condition may reflect the spontaneous, aberrant firing of those brain cells whose job is to process music, if there were any to be heard. Higher brain levels then seek to make sense of this spontaneous firing, often drawing on musical memories in the process - hence the common experience of perceiving music from previous eras.

Link to article on musical hallucinosis published in The Sunday Telegraph in 2004.
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Mocellin, R., Walterfang, M., Velakoulis, D. (2008). Musical hallucinosis: case reports and possible neurobiological models. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 20(2), 91-95. DOI: 10.1111/j.1601-5215.2007.00255.x

Post written by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

--further reading--
The first recording of hallucinated music

79 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:27 pm

    what happens when 2 people hear the same music at the same time and there is nothing playing

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    1. Anonymous10:46 am

      This has very low probability. Suppose both were recently heard same song number of times and they can hear the same song in their ears. But the speed of playing inside brain will be faster/unpredictable to person to person. So the line they hear may differ.

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    2. Anonymous4:38 pm

      I will hear/sing a catchy tune in my head from time to time and a minute or two later my friend will humm the same tune...this hapenned to me on a few occasions with different people, first i found it was just coincidence, but it keeps happenening occasionnaly. I have no explanation.

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    3. Anonymous5:32 am

      Y'all are high lol

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    4. Anonymous4:54 pm

      You were probably unconsciously humming the tune, your friend heard it and began humming it. People often ask me if I know I am humming. I do know, but because they have mentioned it I assume they are annoyed so I stop.

      I have also heard music in my head that I am not purposely hearing. If this were my biggest problem I would be one happy camper.

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    5. Anonymous1:46 am

      i was just sitting with my family and i randomly started to hear motzart music. it was so loud i thought it was coming from right beside me. it was one of his piano songs. i told my family and they listened and heard nothing. i am not lying and i swear it was not a hallucination!!!

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    6. Anonymous2:21 pm

      to the original reply, both my wife and I hear the music at night, even walked around house looking for it, now my daughter is hearing it too and it is affecting her sleep. we did not have white noise machines on when we heard it, she does, and is afraid to turn them off now.

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  2. Anonymous12:50 pm

    it's a ghost haha

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  3. Anonymous8:31 pm

    hope its a guy and a girl and barry manilow?

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  4. Anonymous3:39 am

    Im 30 years old, not hard of hearing. I personnally love my quiet enviroments. I love to hear the music my mind makes up when I sit and relax. The only thing is, I wanted to know if others have similar effects.. That you just start to hear music you have never heard before play as if you are really there, but nothing is on or nothing is really there doing the music.

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    1. Anonymous7:30 am

      i HAVE BEEN HEARING MUSIC IN MY HEAD FOR AT LEAST 25 YEARS. iT HAS GOTTEN MORE FREQUENT AND COMPLEX OVER THE YEARS. I HEAR FULL SYMPHONIES THAT I HAVE NEVER HEARD. i DON'T READ MUSIC OR PLAY AND INSTRUMENT YET I HEARD COMPLEX MUSIC IN MY MIND. mY EARS DO NOT HEAR IT. mY HEART AND SOUL HEAR IT. IT IS NOT OF THIS WORLD. i THOUGHT I WAS ALONE... SO GLAD TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE HEAR THE MUSIC.

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    2. help....when iam hearing some music my mind and hear go to my past life

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    3. I am 32 years old and I hear it too and the music is not always the same every night and changes... and it's not the same tune over and over again. Also it's very pretty music. However it's music that is VERY complex with many instruments... some even were as if I had never heard of before.

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    4. Anonymous4:10 pm

      I hear it to,like a stereo is on with high quality speakers like Bose. You can hear so many instaments,some times words.
      I believe Mozart had the same problem. He fortunately was able to put it on paper for all to hear what he did when the Angels played for him.

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    5. Anonymous6:54 am

      I hear music at night all the time, usually just before I fall asleep. :) It used to scare me, I thought I had a mental illness because nobody else could hear it. But I've learned to enjoy what my head plays to me!
      Usually my mind composes something original that I at least have no conscious memory of hearing. I love what my brain comes up with. I hear and make new songs from so many styles: Jazz, Classic, Rock, County, Pop, Old 30s music, strange drum dances. I don't know where it comes from, I'm not very creative and I have no Musical talent. If I did, I think they would be good songs lol!

      I think it's worth noting for people that are worried that there is a phenomena called hypnopompic images that can cause visual and audio hallucinations.This could be responsible for music happening when falling asleep.

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    6. Anonymous12:06 pm

      When I first lay in bed at night with my eyes closed, the most fantastic music comes to my mind. Usually, I am performing a song with a very large band playing all types of instruments. I am amazed at how great both lyrics and music are and wish to God I could remember them. I open my eyes and I cannot remember anything. If I could, I would be one of the most accomplished song writers of all time. :)

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    7. Anonymous12:08 pm

      I have this also. I would very much have the gift while awake. How is it that some people are given the gift while conscious?

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    8. I hear entire albums by a variety of popular musicians very faint but strangely only when i am near a desktop computer is when it happens i have noticed.

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    9. Anonymous2:18 am

      This happens to me all the time. I started recording the melodies. My friend is a composer and is writing them for me with the instruments I've described. I didn't know the name of some of them and can't read music. Keep a phone by your bed to record the melodies. I believe we all have latent abilities that seek expression.

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  5. That is called composition! :D

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  6. Anonymous7:15 am

    I used to hear things when I was younger... I haven't for a couple years now at least. I'm 22 now. I used to hear things like choirs, classical music, tribal drum beats, etc. It was almost always while I was trying to sleep at night. Why would a young person with no hearing or mental illness hear things?

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    1. Anonymous1:36 am

      I, too, would hear these sounds. Usually tinny-sounding bells, classical music, and tribal drums. And it was almost always in the mornings before school when I was much younger.

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    2. Anonymous7:39 pm

      I am 37 and often hear 1 or 2 individual strikes of what sounds like a bongo or congo drum as I try to fall asleep. It is clearly sounding from within a few feet of me. I have checked with neighbours to confirm they do not own any drums of this nature or otherwise. It happens in different locations when I am away from home too and is very clear.

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    3. Anonymous7:12 am

      If you are hearing music around the time you wake up or go to sleep, it is probably Hypnopompic Images (fall asleep) or Hypnogogic Images (wake up).

      A lot of people fall asleep with a piece of music going through their head and they may also wake up hearing music.

      HG and HP images are hallucinations that appear when the mind is in differing stages of the sleep cycle. An example of a HG image would be if you were having a nightmare and you woke up and still saw some part (monster, ghost, etc) of your dream while you were awake that fades seconds later.
      These hallucinations can be visual, you can hear, smell them, or feel them.

      I've had HP and HG images frequently my whole life, and I compose songs before bed (HP) and sometimes I'll wake up to a cheetah on my ceiling (HG).

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  7. Anonymous5:47 am

    I used to love to fall asleep to the sounds of my minds music. Any instrument you can imagine. But that's also how I think; often in images or in music. As I have aged, I find myself thinking in English. It's neither as fun nor as beautiful.
    Have you ever heard of synesthesia? It's the crossing of senses. When we are born, all of our senses are connected; with time, those connections are winnowed, but they remain. If you hear music, it could be part of how your are wired. It's just how you think.

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  8. Anonymous4:34 am

    I'm a 23 year old female and this has been happening to me since my early childhood. It doesn't happen very often, but usually it sounds like classical music and lasts for a couple of minutes. I enjoy it, but I am curious to know if it's related to any physical or psychological disorders.

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    1. Anonymous10:51 am

      Nothing to worry. You may have very good memory. You can become great artist.

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    2. Anonymous10:20 pm

      OMG i have the same problem! Please does anyone know what to do?

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  9. Anonymous4:47 am

    Hey, it's the 23f with the classical music again: I remember thinking without language too! It was so natural, immediate, and emotional. Then came verbal English around pre-school, then later I saw written English in my mind's eye, and sometimes I think in verbal German, "feeling" the meaning of concepts I don't know the words for. When I create art, I drop language. It's kind of like meditating. I totally forgot about thinking without language but I'm so glad to be reminded!!!

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  10. Anonymous2:58 pm

    I am a normal woman with no hearing loss. I had an episode of West Nile Virus encephalitis three years ago, and since then I periodically hear music playing in my head that I have never heard before. Mostly classical, very melodious. The last episode was a band and lasted for about 2 minutes.

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  11. Anonymous2:46 pm

    As I type this, I'm hearing the battle music from Pokemon Platinum..it's been on and off for the past hour, and occasionally I hear the chime that goes along with button mashing in the game..I just got done playing for six hours straight..but still, I try and sleep and all I can do is sit there and listen to the music. And it's only in my left ear.

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  12. Anonymous11:35 pm

    its a gift and there is a reason for everything. i am like this too and its a message.. write it down and look at it the next day.

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    1. Anonymous4:16 pm

      How wonderful a blessing that the Angels sing and play for us, the chosen. A God sent blesing.

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  13. Anonymous1:11 am

    This happened to me the other day and i said i would go and change the music, when i came back and told everyone there was no music i got some really weird looks, i explained as nicely as i could that it sounded good in my head! 23yr old male. The boats engines were loud and i am a little hard of hearing but not hugely. I was worried i was going mad.

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  14. Anonymous12:30 pm

    I get this sometime its usually off a song that is repetitive or that I've listen to many times,its nothing to worry about.

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  15. Anonymous3:56 am

    I was driving home today from a friend's house and I heard a gorgeous classical song playing. I listened for awhile and then I tried to turn the radio up but the radio wasn't on. I was hearing the most beautiful string orchestra playing the most beautiful song... I guess in my head.

    I was beyond tired and I've been having immense stress lately so I don't know if that's what caused it. I wish I was musically talented enough to recognize the notes that were being played so I could hear it again.

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  16. so im an 18 yr old female and I hear music that isnt there all the time and normally its something i havent heard, like a choir or guitar playing or just random stuff... would it be the same thing?

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  17. Anonymous3:18 pm

    I am an 10 yr old male and I hear music that isnt there and all the time, IT REPEATED AND REPEATED. It gave me the annoyance. When I tried to sleep, there was the music of a Old music. I think it was cascade or whatever the band name is. IT PREVENTED ME FROM SLEEPING!! Sometimes I wish that I got amnesia to forget the songs.

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  18. Anonymous3:22 pm

    And, there was something else to prevent this. (I don't know what side of ear that makes you hear music) Cover your left ear or just lean to left so that the left ear would be covered up. When I tried this, the song was gone and when I leaned right, I keep hearing songs in my mind. SO COVER YOUR LEFT EAR UP!. I hope this works for ya.

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  19. Anonymous6:11 pm

    I am 18 years old and although it hasn't happened recently, I sometimes hear choirs singing or songs I know of but in really good detail e.g. I can hear all the drum beats in the right places and the bass etc. when I have only listened to the actual song a few times or wouldn't be able to know when the drum beats etc. came if i was asked. I did have hearing problems when I was younger meaning that I had to have gromits and have a hole in my eardrum repaired. Could this be to do with it?
    This is weird as well but I can 'click' my ears almost as if you're moving a muscle and I hear a clicking in my ears, it can also happen when I swallow, does anyone else who hears music have this ability??

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    1. Anonymous3:00 am

      Although i do not hear music when there is nothing playing, i do hear the "clicking' in my ear when i swallow, yawn etc. After doing some research iv'e learned that when you swallow your eustachian tubes open up, this allows pressure changes in the center of your ear. The "click" sound is the pressures trying to equalize.So its perfectly normal :)

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    2. Anonymous3:42 pm

      You too

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    3. Anonymous1:54 am

      I hear that too I heard it since I was 6.

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  20. Anonymous3:17 pm

    Well, I hear music and as well as screams that was not even there. I am not deaf or having a disease of any kind. My mind or imagination just went wild that it drove me crazy. The songs that were played in my head was loud like hearing from a stereo. I can't even barely sleep at night. I tried to do techniques that would turn the songs down and some of the techniques worked but the music didn't sound real but still plays in my head.

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  21. Anonymous4:56 pm

    Im a 15 year old girl and i keep hearing music i listened to earlier that day and idk espically when i try to sleep its like im listening to my ipod when im not so i toss and turn for hours trying to not think about the music

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  22. Anonymous12:55 pm

    I am a 13 year old girl and I keep hearing this song. I've never heard it before and I feel like it's coming from the attic/loft above my room. But nobody's up there. It reminds me of the friends theme song kinda. Not really. It has drums and guitar sometimes there's a guy singer that says Yeaaa. I feel like I'm going insane.

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    1. Anonymous2:56 pm

      Me too, I feel like I'm crazy!!. I have been hearing like the end of a meriachi band with a guy singing yeeeaaaa. It keeps repeating, then I here claps and whistles. Now tonight I hear like a female opera Singer,,,, any one else here the same?

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  23. Anonymous4:41 am

    I found this article while doing some research on schizophrenia. Not trying to alarm anyone, but just trying to help. If you hear music, please go see a therapist of some sort and at least have yourself checked out. If you do have a mild case of schizophrenia, the early detection is helpful. Our dear family member was not diagnosed until 60 - we all wish she had been helped earlier.

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  24. Anonymous9:47 pm

    I used to have the problem of hearing a song repeated over and over - especially when trying to sleep. I have loaded relaxation music onto my IPOD and let it play all night at a volume that I can just barely hear. Haven't had a problem since I started this about 2 years ago. I really don't notice the music from my IPOD, but apparently, my brain can't think of other music while it's playing. The music that I chose is instrumental and has no strong melodies. It's been such a relief not to have the problem anymore.

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  25. Anonymous11:20 am

    I do not have a hearing problem. Not that I know of at least. People tell me I don't listen. I will ask people a question and want to know the answer, but somehow have to ask them the question a few minutes later again. I always thought my memory was the problem not my hearing because when they tell me their answer I will suddenly remember. I hear music too. I thought it was real at first to because I could hear the music with my ears, but after asking people around me about the music and them telling me they don't hear it, I know that it's not actually playing. I think it's strange however because my ears are still hearing it. I don't know what this is. I have had episodes where I have heard stuff in the past. It was lots of people talking, and predictions. Tonight a song kept saying 911, it has me wondering why I even hear music at all. Would love to hear others' experiences

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  26. I am a 28 year old Male who, after a pretty horrific bicycle wreck without a helmet became epileptic. It was not diagnosed until I had a seizure on my bike and wrecked it again, a few months later (now) I had another seizure this time while just sitting at my desk. The seizures I get are classified as partial complex meaning I am unconscious before during and immediately after the event. ie I remember sitting at the computer and next thing I know I am in some paramedics arms trying to bring me back to consciousness.

    Since the last seizure I have been hearing music coming directly from objects that produce white noise. For example a Journey song from the air conditioner. I know what most of you are saying about hearing it IN your head, I do that too, but this is like its coming from a radio, I can get closer to it or farther from it.

    Thoughts?

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    1. Anonymous2:33 am

      I am a 28 yr old female; I haven't sustained any head injuries, but I know exactly what you are talking about. Vacuum cleaners are especially potent at causing me to hear music! Other than turning on a stereo or my IPod; I have no idea how to no hear the music (unless the device can be turned off; which can't be done with the office air conditioner).

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  27. Bobber1:37 am

    I have heard chimes off and on, usually rushing over to my cell phone thinking it's gone off.

    Only creepy a few times, and only if you start thinking of voodoo metaphasical shtuff.

    Basically, if you are having these off and on, don't add any scary movies to the theatre for a while, it just feeds on itself.

    I think stress does it too. When I've been going through rough times it seems to come around a lot more!

    Cheers

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  28. Anonymous4:00 am

    Well, I am glad I found this. Once a while ago, I heard marching band music off and on one day, but didn't think too much of it. I am singer and music didn't seem so strange, although marching band music is not something I would pick out to listen to. I didn't think anything of it. But yesterday, on the bus, I thought I heard cars honking in the distance and protestors shouting and blowing whistles. I had just passed the protestors (Con Ed strikers in NYC), but I knew that the sounds were in my head, I couldn't still be hearing them. Last night, though, I tried to go to sleep with the fan near my head and heard the loudest New Orleans band. It would only stop if I turned off the fan. So there must be something to the white noise that does this. On the bus, there was white noise as well. I don't have injuries or illness, but I do get migraines. I started searching the web to see what might be causing what happened to me yesterday. I am glad to see that there seem to be similar stories.

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    1. Anonymous7:35 am

      I have recently, 2 days tops, began hearing stuff, like a distant radio playing. I have been under much added stress lately, but I have definitely had much more stressful times in the past. I turned off the fan, air conditioner, etc, any white noise and it quits. I can cover my ears and it quits. It is not constant, definitely not loud, but loud enough I went searching for the source. I have very good hearing and cannot tolerate 2 dialogues at once, for example if I can hear 2 televisions going at once, even though the other is much lower volume in another room. This hearing noise, mostly music, is new. I am wondering if it could be caused by stress. I am 48F with depression managed well for years, my father had paranoid schizophrenia and I know this is not 'voices' but it did worry me enough I googled it. Not something I'd feel comfortable with in asking friend, hey, you ever hear noises that aren't really there? Odd thing is, it has quit while I was typing, lol. I have no idea but am glad it is actually a phenomenon and not the straight jacket for me type of thing.

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  29. Anonymous3:33 pm

    Is there any current research for those that are not elderly or hard of hearing. After researching it online it seems the Dr's/Scientists think that it is related to deafness in some way. I can see the reasons behind that hypothesis but I do not fit any of the "normal" parameters for someone who hears music, and I hear it every night. I can often hear the words and can tell what the song is. It varies, like a radio. Sometimes I am so convinced that it must be a cell phone or something,I have to get up and check. It does disturb my sleep, but mostly I am fascinated and would like to learn more. If anyone knows of any on-going research please post here. Thanks

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  30. Anonymous9:37 pm

    I hear music when I'm laying down, it ranges from psych rock, choir music, mariachi and classical. I have excellent hearing. For a while I would. Hear Jefferson airplanes white rabbit song and for a bit I thought it was coming through air vents. Now in a single house and I still hear it. It's good music though so no complaints. At least I don't have radio ads in my head

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  31. I almost always hear symphonic/brass music when I lay down or even just close my eyes when I am tired. Sometimes it may be a worship song or mainstream song but in a more subdued tone. Are any of you musicians? I would love to talk to someone and find out more about this phenomenon. sechristmas@gmail.com

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  32. And I am 26 with no hearing loss as far as I know. It has happened for years.

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  33. Anonymous11:59 pm

    Im hearing dance music, with lyrics - that do not exist at all. I know my music and i have never ever heard them before. They sound awesome and can even remember them the next day.
    Since this phenomenom starting though, i have been told i twitch violently for hours, and during the day i have started to fade in and out of this 'trance' like state.
    What on earth is happening?

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    1. Anonymous7:53 pm

      Record the songs in the morning if you remember them. Sing them into a recorder on your phone or whatever. Capture it. See if the universe is giving you gifts or chucking you bricks. Is there something new there? If you hear lyrics then google them, see if its an exisitng song. Maybe u got a gift... a gift is just a hassle if you don't try and put it to use. You'll stop worrying and just be excited about the next time it happens if you see it this way.

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  34. Anonymous4:16 am

    i hear completly random music in my head along with occasionaly actual songs. i was going to ask why it might be happening until i read a bunch of these other similar stories ,but then i couldnt help but notice how many people were hearing classical music and chior music and now im wondering more about why those two kinds are so common amung so many totaly different people. also ... is there any way i could make this happen more so on demand rather then hearing it only randomly.

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  35. Anonymous3:29 am

    I am a 74 year old male with a hearing problem (two hearing aids.) Hearing music in my head started right after I retired about 6 years ago. I started to stay up late, seams like that's when it started to happen. While on the computer I would actually hear DJ's and couldn't figure our where it was coming from. My wife thought I was crazy. I'm getting used to it, the only time it bothers me if when it keeps repeating a portion of the music over and over again like a stuck record. My doctors have heard of it but don't understand or have knowledge of why this happens. I asked one doctor while he was checking my heart if he could put the contraption on my head and try to hear my music. He stated "will both go to the nut house." Thanks to this artical my wife no longer thinks I'm crazy, just a little different.

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  36. Anonymous9:39 am

    I am 85 years old and hear music all of the tiime. Always choir music or spiritual music. Symphonies Never drums or hippy stuff. I went through the usual thing of I am going crazy. Not true. Had a heart attack and scans and brain waves were done. Perfectly normal. I know about psychotic episodes and do not have these. Just music. Talked with a well known psychic who told me this was psychic and spirit. I do believe this. A gift of some kind. Now I enjoy the music and listen to it with no qualms. A phenomen no one can explain. Your ok and so am I.

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    1. Anonymous4:48 pm

      Love this answer, alot of these answers are great, this was especially inspiring and upbeat , i thank you.
      I have heard the music a few times, i have also had numerous psychic experiences that proved true..so i do think theres a connection with attunement. i have heard the music threes times that i remember once in a dream an old doors record spinning an playing a song that "was never released" another time after improvising on my harmonica, a few hours later in the day i heard the most beautiful classical violin music in my head but faintly .. This morning it happened again , before i fell asleep i was talking to myself , philosophizing about life and existence (something i like to do that often brings answers) i was thinking in my head why i/we think in language and in our familiar voice, i was thinking about the nature of thought and the symbols (words) we use to communicate to ourselves and others..then i fell asleep, a little while later i woke up, eyes closed but conscious, to the sound of 20's jazz.. brilliant music , multiple instruments and variations also my head was tingling as it was playing :)

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  37. My father is 85 and pretty darn deaf. He started hearing a song in his head about six months ago and now it's constant. It disturbs him that he can't shut it off. It's a song he's known for at least 50 years, always the same one, over and over. His doctor doesn't seem worried about it, and doesn't have any idea what could be causing it.

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  38. Anonymous5:21 pm

    i heard the same thing last night and before sounds of some sort of music over and over happend last week to but mine come from my ears not inside my head feels like my ears have been tuned up to higher sometimes sounds like morse code to mad r what
    but its all true

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  39. Anonymous10:17 am

    i have had an angelic chior going on for 10 days now..non stop,some songs i know like amazing grace, silent night,but mostly have never heard them ever....the weird thing is although i cant turn it off i can control it and bring in different harmonies or maybe a soprano i can also play it with my fingers like a piano scale and if i touch some area in my body or face it produces a note...its freaking me out....i am 42 and a bit deaf, but up until now thought i was quite sane

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  40. Anonymous6:15 pm

    I have Lyme Disease and from the symptoms I have it has affected the frontal lobe of my brain (so the doctors tell me!) I often hear sounds - sometimes like people talking in another room but not discernable ; or like a radio playing at a very low volume and not entirely tuned in, but most often melodic tones - not really songs or singing, but definitely pleasing

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  41. I'm watching the sun rise and I'm hearing really strange music, as well as clicking, as well I'm seeing a man, outside my window. Am I crazy?

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  42. I too am suffering from this, I am 33 yo male, married. Recently since suffering from lack of Potassium, have begun hearing music playing from my air conditioner. No where else just there. I thought it was my friends or wife playing a trick on me, but nope they all think that I am hearing things. Now that my potassium problem is fixed, this is still continuing. Is there a way that this can be fixed?

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  43. Anonymous10:12 am

    I am 55 years old I don't have a hearing problem never had any head injuries Im not bipolor manic or any thing else but I have been hearing music in my head for years , Its not a catchy tune that I had heard earlier its every thing from operas to show tunes to modern music, I can make out if its male or female but I can never make out the words or identify the songs , what I do know is it happens around a motor, like a fan or the motor from a fridge. If I turn the fan off the music goes away, So you might want to check that out, why a motor may set of music in ones head is something I haven't figured out yet , I mean Ive thought of the fillings in my teeth to the way my brain is set up Im no doctor or expert but theres some reason Im picking up music Ive never heard before, that s my take on it so far

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    1. Anonymous1:34 pm

      I've been hearing music in my head for years - the most amazing choir's. Now it comes straight from my heart. I can also silently asking for something more uplifting). It is a Spiritual Blessing - not covered in medical text books.

      Lately, the music has been very vibey and makes me want to dance and laugh for joy. Many great composers agreed that their music came from God directly. I believe all is good with those that hear like this.

      It is an increase in our ability to connect to Universal source and energy. It's Divine Inspiration and communication and I love it! I find it is loudest when I'm close to water, like having a shower or after a glass.

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  44. Anonymous11:16 pm

    Im 27 i not only can hear full instrumental melody (no singing) inside my head but also i can control it (not entirely). i hear it very rarely and only when im laying at late night preparing to sleep. I only heard brand new ones. Unfornutely im not talented and i cannot write it down anyhow, to bad, some of them were awesome.

    I do not understand why you people find it as a problem, disease,, for me its like a gift wich makes me more like supernatural "melodyman" ..hmm.. i must create a superhero suit :)

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  45. Anonymous3:30 am

    my daughter is 12 and is saying she is hearing music that's not there. I am having other issues with her. all of the people she is friends with are depressed, self harming schitsophrenic bi polar and I just don't know if its their influence or real, any ideas...at my wits end mum

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  46. Anonymous5:51 am

    I hear like a radeo station, the talking and all but its really low. Sometimes I dont know what its playing but, yet I still know its a song. The quieter, the louder the station, to the point of annoyance. ITS DRIVING ME NUTS I cannot make it stop only drown it out. Is there anyone with answers to this?

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  47. Anonymous1:55 am

    My husband passed away the end of July. About the first of October I started hearing music and tore up the house lookin for it . Then got snowed in a week and heard music all day and nite. Snow thawed , I went to town and heard it all the way to town. Then I knew it was in my head. I am 79 partially deaf, and isolated. Drs say get a brain scan but I think it is harmless. Read Oliver Sacs book Musicophilia. Sometimes the music is very inventive like a sad song played with trumpets...Stand By Me for instance. Oliver Sacs is a genius. Read his book.

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  48. Anonymous1:57 am

    I forgot to say... many times it is qued in by a mechanical sound.. the fridge running or the fan in the stove insert.

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  49. Anonymous7:57 am

    Today I was walking home and I heard 5-10 seconds of Carry on My Wayward Son. It was very faint and tinny. I'm in South Korea, so it's even weirder.

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