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Hey all, I'm a little hesitant to ask this, on the grounds I'll come off sounding like a crazy-man, but I've got to ask someone =/

 

Had a bit to drink two nights ago, and since waking up the following morning, I've been hearing things... sounds that aren't there. It sounds like a friend of mine - the little noises she just makes for no reason - but it seems I'm just hearing her giggle or something when everythings silent, or mistaking muffled voices of other girls for her... it's hard to describe, but almost tangible to hear...

 

Don't worry, still no urge to burn things, and I haven't coated by house in tin-foil... yet... but I was hoping someone out there could just confirm that this is just some weird side-effect of having a bit too much to drink..? Please..?

 

Any replies appreciated, thanks again guys! =)

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I've had similar experiences, so it's time to worry!

 

Are these faint sounds? Often faint sounds are interpreted by our brains based on past experience, such as familiar sounds such as voices of friends or a car in the driveway, etc.

 

I had fun with this phenomena in the 70s while under the influence of....influences.

 

No worries, you aren't whack.

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Hey,

 

I would speak to someone right away. My sister has a mental illness whereby if she doesn't take medication she hears things. While it doesn't sound like you are so bad, alcohol is a depressive and on some people (a lot more common than you think) it can bring out any unstableness in the mind. Is this the only side effect you have been having or do you feel strange in other ways? I may be overreacting so if you give some more info it would help!

 

Nikki xx

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I haven't got a history of any mental illnesses, and I don't take any medication, but yeah, this is the only side effect occurring. It's not doing anything but annoying the hell out of me... But thanks for your concern Nikki =)

 

Nottoogreen and Dako, thanks for your replies, just knowing it's me Not alone(lol!) makes me feel better. The sounds are faint, on the edge of my hearing, and go away if I focus on hearing them.

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hm. do you listen to a lot of loud music?

 

the good thing is that you know these voices aren't there! it's a bad sign when you think they are real!

 

if you keep hearing things, you may want to go to the doctor. there are plenty of things, including mental diseases, physical illnesses, and drugs (illegal and legal) that can cause hallucinations or hearing voices.

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I had this happening a lot about a year ago. I heard conversations outside my window late at night, and figured my crabby neighbor was out there with his wife shooting the breeze.

 

It all went away when I replaced my CPU cooler with a Zalman unit.

 

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I have/had similar things. I was told various things:

 

1) it is a comfort mechanism

- I was experiencing a lot of stress and depression and I kept hearing my sister's voice. It was soft and muffled (like she was in another room). I was told not to worry about it so long as it was positive (ie, not telling you to burn things etc)... then the voices became nasty and i was told...

 

2) Auditory hallucinations (associated with a disorder I have recently been diagnosed with). It is now accompanied by phones/doorbells ringing. It has pretty much gone away since i've started my meds.

 

So... see if it persists. As long as it is not really bothering you and it is a "positive" thing (your friend giggling and talking to you), I wouldn't worry about it too much. If you start experiencing other effect... rapid mood swings, severe depression, visual hallucinations... see a doctor.

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Alot of times when people hear or think they hear a familiar voice, a familiar laugh, a familiar sound, etc ( See, I am focusing on the familiar)

it is a sign of the mind going through a cycle of the phenomena that most people refer to as deja vu.

 

Deja vu is not actually the mind being able to recall a current event as repeated in a past life, or mind reading, etc. Actually, every action, sound, voice, memory gets imprinted onto specific parts of the brain. Since we are subjected to relativly similar stimuli on a daily basis, when the brain function is depressed (ie, heavy drinking, med, drugs, braindamage, mental disorder, etc) it begins to function on a lower level of consciousness where access to the lesser heirarchy of memories is stored.

When you hear for instance, your friends laugh. It is your brain cycling past that memory or fixating on it for some random reason as it puts it house back in order...

When you see someone doing something and you think, Oh, I know I just saw this/did this/knew this would hapen last week, it is actually your brain piecing together random parts of actual past events and giving your brain enough information that it thinkssomething happened.

 

It is the non-familiar sound and voices you need to watch out for. If you suddenly begin to hear David Hasselhoff telling you to eat babies, then please, dial 911 and seek help. Or if you just hear David Hasselfhoff period...

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  • 3 years later...

I guess I have the same case as yours Sumguy. Worst thing is, not only auditory(but i'll be posting first this). I was about to fall into deep sleep when suddenly I heard a big boom, like a cannon dispatched it's bullet, or a monolith fire cracker just fired up and wants me to be deaf. Then I'll be having difficulties sleeping after the big explosions. I thought the explotions really did occur, but I asked my mother was there really an explosion, but none. In full conscious state, I'll be hearing those explosions again. Later it'll be backed-up by murmurs. Like four to five movies playing at the same time in a dwindled volume control. I'll be hearing the murmurs and the explosions simultaenously for about an hour.

I have only a little means to go for a check-up, you know how frustrating this economic depression is. Yes, i'm broke. Any response is appreciated. I'm really bothered by this. Please help.

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  • 1 year later...

lately i dont sleep very well. I wake up cuz it sounds like the tv is on really loud. so i get up and its not on. also some times i think there are people over in the other room because i hear talking so i get up again and no one is there. and the only other times this happens when im not waking up is when there are loud noises around me such as the dryer on or im blow drying my hair. i think i hear peoples voices. and i dont no what to do. my therapist says maybe im hearing things from another dimensions

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What... your therapist said you are hearing things from another dimension? I would never think that a person of that field would say voices in your head are from the supernatural. I do read about this stuff though, like the spiritual world, and dimensional beings, possessions even. But, i would still seek professional help regardless of these interests.

 

I have heard voices when i came back from Army basic training. I would wake up and hear drill sergeants yelling at me. This eventually went away.

 

My dad used to hear voices, they would tell him crazy things. It was paranoia, when he controlled his drinking, and found out he had diabetes and got it taken care of, is when the voices stopped. Man was that creepy, imagine your dad bursting into your room saying, "i heard you... what are you planning?" I remember one time he said he heard some guy talking about him, he was so sure about it. So, we drove around to look for the guy, and we got out to confront him, the guy looked at my dad like he was crazy.

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