- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013 - UK
Ugh. I experience all three things on your list more often than makes me comfortable. It doesn’t interfere with my day to day life or anything, but it’s annoying as hell. Through the years I’ve cobbled together what seem like rational explanations, but I just with it would melt away.
I suffer from depression, but I don’t think that has anything to do with it. What DOES matter, I think, is the fact that my hearing is kind of off. I can hear sounds just fine, like the basic sound of someone’s voice even at a whisper, but sometimes I don’t understand what’s actually being said. I think this contributes a whole lot to my experiences specifically.
I have to admit that I did not read all the responses so I apologize if my reply isn’t relevant or has been stated.
i experience instances where I think SO is speaking to me but isn’t but I think that could be perhaps because I don’t have the best hearing (too many concerts in my wild child days)
when I has a blackberry I could always hear phantom vibrations. I kept my phone on silent. My masters in Psychology and work as a “mental health navigator” (yes that’s a real title)
Iny humble opinion (not professional opinion as I have had a glass and a half of wine relaxing on my couch) I believe it’s more of a sensory issue than a complete psycological one.
It may be related to the idea about being primed to hear something. Knowing how bad my night vision is, I’m always much more on my guard. Better be prepared for a person in the road that’s just a column than to be prepared for a column that’s actually a person. If my brain doesn’t register what I’m seeing, it’s safer for it to think it could be a hazard.
I have never imagined someone calling my name, but I have confused my name for someone yelling other words in a loud environment.
I have very rarely thought my phone was ringing when it was not… I usually keep it on the lowest setting, or vibrate. I am MUCH more likely to imagine that I feel it vibrating when I have it in my purse or pocket.
I have occasionally imagined I heard music or music-like sounds. This used to happen in very quiet environments, sometimes at night with the windows open in my county home growing up (creepy? yes!). It would be a very quiet sound I had to strain to hear, or questioned if I was actually hearing.
I have no psych. issues.
My optician said it’s normal, actually, and that what happens is that you lose night vision and you compensate in other ways. However, because I didn’t drive for ages and I lost my vision during that time, it will take me a long time to compensate.
It’s hard to describe… but I literally see NOTHING in my peripheral vision at all. It’s like a black hole… complete sensory depravation. So I can understand why your brain might subconsciously want to fill that space to make it a bit less scary!
I drive with the window down all the time now. My eyesight may be deteriorating… but nothing is wrong with my hearing!
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