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Re: musical hallucinations

Relevant? :

Goodwin, P.E. (1980) Tinnitus and auditory imagery.  Am. J.

Daniel Rowan

Daniel Rowan
Research Student
Institute of Sound and Vibration Research
University of Southampton
University Road
Southampton SO17 1BJ
England, UK
Tel: 023 80594968
Email: dr@isvr.soton.ac.uk

>>> "W. M. Hartmann" <hartmann@PA.MSU.EDU> 08/06/02 03:25pm >>>
Hello Auditory Gang,

The following report comes from a retired colleague (male) who gave
permission for this distribution. I promised to collect comments that
you might have and send them on to him. It seems like an interesting

Best wishes,
Bill Hartmann

"I have a loss of hearing of about 25% in my right ear.  A few weeks
ago I was
sitting at home alone when I began to hear music which appeared to be
associated with my right ear. The music was mostly simple songs such
patriotic tunes or religious songs, sometimes a few bars of classical
music. A
tune repeats itself for a while and then changes to another."

"What is interesting about this is not the repetition.  I have had
tunes hung
in my head before, which I suppose is very common.  My previous
with repeating tunes has only involved one tune at a time. I have not
had this
one tune experience in decades.  What is different this time is that
music appears to play in the background all of the time, independent of
what I
am doing.  It doesn't prevent any activities. I can become involved in
activities and forget about it.  However, as soon as these activities
the music reappears in the middle of some tune.  The reappearance is
because I am not thinking about the music in any way whatsoever.  The
tune is
different from the one that I ceased to hear when I began the activity.
music appears to switch from background to foreground whenever the
sound has low volume.  For example, I am now sitting alone at the
computer and
can hear it quite clearly. I can talk aloud to myself and still hear
the tune
in the background."

"Associated with the music is a simple harmonic sound.  The frequency
is about
that of a trombone.  It rises and lowers as if the trombone were
slurring up
and down the scale. The range is about one octave. The sound is
"buzzy" like an old fluorescent light."

"The music and the accompanying sound are heard at all times
independent of
where I am.   Another oddity is that the tunes increase in volume when
I am
driving on the expressway. This is very peculiar because the tunes
appear to
feed upon the noise of the expressway, which is just the opposite of
what they
normally do.  Usually when outside noise increases the tunes disappear.
course on the expressway a lot of the noise that I hear is periodic
with the engine and tires, not white noise."

"My only medicinal change is that I started taking a diuretic several
days to a
week before the music and harmonic sound began.  I am on a large number
medications but have been on them for quite a while.  I have had high
pressure for many years which is controlled by lotensin. The only
person in my
family who has had hearing problems is my older brother.  He had
disease and finally lost hearing in one ear.  He often felt ill and
balance.  I have not experienced this."