Hearing things

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  • Hear the whistling of a train even though there isn't anything there

  • Hear the honking of a car even though there isn't anything there

  • Voices seem very real even though there is no one there

  • Hearing melodies playing in my head that sounds real to me

  • There is a voice describing my actions as I do them

  • Hearing noises even though there isn't anything there

  • Keep hearing people but I don't see them

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Description

Hearing voices is sometimes called an ‘auditory hallucination’. The voices can vary in how often you hear them, what they sound like, what they say, and whether they’re familiar or unfamiliar. While hearing voices might be a sign of mental illness, not everyone who hears voices is suffering from one. Hearing voices is a fairly typical occurrence: one out of every ten people will do it at some time in their lives.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Hearing things

Possible Causes

  • Schizophrenia

    A psychological disorder where there is altered brain function. The exact cause is unknown, but a combination of genetic, psychological and environmental factors are likely responsible.

  • Dissociative disorder

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  • Do you sometimes hear sounds or voices from unknown sources?

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