What Are Auditory Hallucinations?

Published: Feb 7, 2024 | Revised: Feb 13, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

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An Auditory Hallucination, medically called Paracusia, involves hearing a sound or sounds that did not come from the natural environment.

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The sounds heard can be basically anything, including music (typically snippets of songs) and “hearing voices.”

Auditory hallucinations are associated with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, but they can also be the result of trauma, substance abuse, hearing impairment, and/or neurological disorders.

The sounds heard, which can be loud or soft, may be heard through the ears, in the mind, or anywhere in external space, and they can occur daily or spread over time.

Notably “voices” can be distressful, especially when they are threatening, commanding, or haunting. In most cases medication is prescribed to combat the symptoms, sometimes in combination with psychotherapy.

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