Post # 1
OK guys… random question of the day. I’m involved in psychology experiments, and they often ask you about auditory halluinations such as:
– Have you ever been in a crowded room where lots of people were talking, and thought someone was calling your name when they weren’t?
– Have you ever thought your phone was ringing when it wasn’t?
– Have you ever heard music playing when it wasn’t?
I was led to believe that things like this were very common. At various times I’ve definitely had the first two. On the other hand, DH says it’s not common at all, and he’s never experienced any of the above.
I can’t seem to find appropriate data… but how common are auditory hallucinations? I don’t mean voices in your head telling you to do things… I mean things like thinking you can hear your baby cry when they are fine, or thinking you can hear your pet calling you when they are silent. I’d be really interested to find out the results!
Post # 3
I get that! Earlier today even I got a weird musical ringing sound, but there wasn’t it anywhere. But I have Bipolar Disorder along with Anxiety Disorder and Depression, so probably not the answer you want to hear.
But I do think it is normal to experience it at times, whether you have a psychiatric condition or not.
Post # 4
I wasnt sure how to vote.
I say no, I have not experience this.
I have never heard my friends comment about it either way.
I can’t say I have an opintion as its not something I have ever thought about or discussed with people. I may be abnormal in that it dosent happen to me.
Post # 5
A further thought has occurred to me… when I was in my early 20s, I was ALWAYS thinking I could hear my mobile phone going when it wasn’t. However, during that time then I only had a mobile phone, not a landline, and I used to set the ringer on super low, in order not to disturb others. I used to get phone calls asking me to do extra shifts, and as I was skint then it was really important that I pick up the phone first time. So I think I was almost primed to hear that noise. Now I no longer receive calls about shift work, and picking up the phone first time is no longer as important, I don’t think the phone is ringing when it isn’t any more.
HOWEVER… since getting my animals, I do sometimes think I can hear them making faint noises, especially at night.
Maybe it’s only if you’re “primed” to hear the sound… if you’re expecting it somehow.
Post # 6
@Rachel631: I THINK I have experienced the first two; definitely the first one and I think maybe the second? I know other people who’ve definitely experienced the first; loads of times at work my (different) supervisors have been like ‘Did you call?’ and I’m like ‘Nope’; funnily enough, the time I get this are also at work when I’m supervising, so maybe that has something to do with it? (being in a noisy, high-pressured environment where colleagues are calling your name when they need something) Maybe it’s like a pre-emptive thing?
It terms of psychiatric disorders, I’ve had depression on and off since I was 11 (last bout was about 3-4 years ago) and also PTSD; no other disorders.
Post # 7
The first two happen to me all the time! My mother too and we’re both completely mentally healthy.
I get the “is the phone ringing?” thing a lot when I’m expecting a call and the tv or radio are on, I’ll go turn them down to answer my phone only to find our it must have been the music from the tv/radio.
I used to live next door to an elderly lady who couldn’t hear very well and her ring tone was set really loud, I could hear it through the wall and I could also hear her talking. I thought I was going crazy hearing things for a while! lol
But I think these auditory hallucinations are completely normal. Since they happen to me when I’m expecting (or half expecting) someone to phone/call out my name I guess that’s how my mind interprets similar sounds? I don’t know, that’s the only rational explanation I can think of right now.
Post # 8
Happens to me frequently and I think it’s pretty normal.
As far as I know I have normal psychology…
Post # 9
The first two happen to me all the time. And I don’t have any psychological issues!
I think the phantom phone ring is very common – I think scientist have actually done studies on it.
Post # 10
@barbie86: @MsMeow: @Lovemelovemyhorses: “Since they happen to me when I’m expecting (or half expecting) someone to phone/call out my name I guess that’s how my mind interprets similar sounds?”
This is what I’m thinking now, as well. I mean… if I’m in a noisy place with lots of people, it’s not like I think “oh, Bob, who is just next to me, has said my name”. It’s more like “??? I think someone across the room just said my name, but it was very faint”. So then I might turn around and scan the room, looking for someone trying to make eye contact with me. If I don’t see anyone trying to make eye contact, I’ll think “huh, that was odd. I could have sworn someone said my name just then”.
Post # 11
@Rachel631: It should be “between DH and me” 🙂
Anyway, sometimes I think I hear my phone when it’s someone else’s, but I assume that’s not what you mean. Otherwise, no to all 3.
p.s. Where’s the option for plain old “no”?
Post # 12
@paula1248: “It should be “between DH and me” :)” Ha! So it should.
I wonder if it’s actually to do with the misinterpretation of stimuli, actually… I mean, maybe you are hearing someone else’s phone ring, but it’s a long way away and very faint, so you can’t work out if you’ve heard the sound or not.
Likewise, maybe when I think I can hear my pets at night, I can hear someone else’s pet from a few houses away, but I’m mistaken in how I’m interpreting the stimulus?
Anyway… poll altered to add another option…
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@Rachel631: I’ve definitely thought I’ve heard my phone ringing, and constantly think I hear someone calling my name (although my name is Claire, and that rhymes with quite a few words so I could just be picking up on the ‘air’ sound).
As far as I’m aware I’m ‘normal’ psychiatrically speaking, although I have had some anxiety issues in the past, these haven’t been crippling and I’m very aware of myself in terms of that.
Post # 14
@chronicwhimsy: “my name is Claire, and that rhymes with quite a few words so I could just be picking up on the ‘air’ sound”
This could also be it… I could be picking up on the “ch-ell”/”shell” sounds.
I always think I’m an interesting candidate for these types of studies, not least because my mother has crippling mental health problems, but they haven’t been passed on to either myself, or my brother (and, statistically, they probably won’t be now that we have reached our late twenties… we’re too old).
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@Rachel631: My Dad sometimes takes pleasure in reminding me that his mum got dementia and that “it skips a generation”. Thanks Pa. That’ll go nicely with the Osteoporosis and Gall Stones I’ve got to look forward to from Mum.
Post # 16
@chronicwhimsy: Wouldn’t worry too much about it… if your Grandma didn’t work until quite an old age then that increases her risk… keeping mentally active also helps.
Of course, as people live longer then we are more likely to get dementia. When people get into their 90s then things start going downhill… not so sure that’s genetic, more like normal wear and tear!