Hearing Things

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

  • I can hear conversations around me even though there's nobody

  • I keep hearing voices or noises from nowhere

  • 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 voices or noises from nowhere

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

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

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

    Dissociative disorder is mental disorder that involve experiencing a disconnection and lack of continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions and identity. People with dissociative disorder escape reality in ways that are involuntary and unhealthy and cause problems with functioning in everyday life.

  • Herpes Simplex Encephalitis (HSE)

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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

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