Auditory effects

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Auditory effects can be defined as any effect which affects one's sense of hearing.

This page lists and describes the various auditory effects which can occur under the influence of certain psychoactive compounds such as hallucinogens.

Enhancements

Main article: Auditory enhancement

Auditory enhancements can be described as an enhancement of the acuteness and clearness of sound. This can result in the person becoming extremely aware of all sounds around them with the perception of an enhanced ability to comprehend multiple layers of noise and to better identify their direction and location.

The most common manifestation of this effect is a greatly enhanced appreciation of music. This can allow people the experience of listening to songs in a level of detail that is unparalleled during everyday sober living.

Auditory enhancements are often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as auditory distortion and auditory hallucinations. They are most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of psychedelic compounds, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline. However, they can also occur less commonly under the influence of stimulants, cannabinoids, and dissociatives.

Suppression

Main article: Auditory suppression

Auditory suppression can be described as the experience of audible noises becoming perceived as more distant, quiet and muffled than they actually are. This effect can significantly decrease both the volume of a noise and the general level of quality in which it is perceived. It is usually described as making it difficult to comprehend or fully pay attention to music and other sounds.

Auditory suppression is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as auditory distortion and auditory hallucinations. It is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of dissociative compounds, such as ketamine, PCP, and DXM. However, it can also occur less commonly under the influence of GABAergic depressants and antipsychotics such as alcohol and quetiapine.

Distortions

Main article: Auditory distortion

An auditory distortion can be described as the experience of perceived alterations in how audible noises present and structure themselves.

These distortions can manifest in many styles, but commonly take the form of echoes or murmurs which rise in the wake of each sound and are accompanied by fluctuating changes in pitch. This can intensify up to the point where sounds are consistently followed by a continuous reverberation, often rendering the original sound completely unrecognizable. However, it often quickly resets to base level and starts over if the source of noise is stopped or changed.

The experience of this effect can be broken down into three distinct levels of intensity. These are described and documented below:

  1. Mild - At the lowest level, auditory distortions consist of subtle and spontaneous reverberation, echo effects, and changes in pitch to noises within the external environment. They are fleeting in their manifestation, underwhelming in their intensity, and easy to ignore.
  2. Distinct - At this level, auditory distortions consist of distinctly noticeable, spontaneous echo effects and changes in pitch attributed to noises within the external environment. Thy are long and drawn out in their manifestation and loud enough to become difficult to ignore.
  3. All-encompassing - At the highest level, auditory distortions become constant in their manifestation and impossible to ignore. The complexity of the resulting alterations quickly renders the original sound as unintelligible.

Auditory distortions are often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as auditory hallucinations, auditory suppression, and auditory enhancement. They are most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of psychedelic compounds, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline. However, they can also occur less commonly under the influence of dissociatives such as ketamine, PCP, and DXM.

Examples

The audio clip above demonstrates how it may sound to listen to a lecture while undergoing the experience of level 3 auditory distortions.

This audio clip denotes level 3 audio distortions in a forest setting.

Hallucinations

Auditory hallucinations can be described as the experience of hearing spontaneous imaginary noises. These hallucinated noises either occur randomly or manifest in the place of noises that are subconsciously (or consciously) expected to happen. The most common examples of these include hearing clips of sound such as imagined music, voices, tones and notes, but can also be an infinite variety of other potential noises that are stored within one's memory.

The experience of this effect can be broken down into three distinct levels of intensity. These are described and documented below:

  1. Partially defined embedded hallucinations - At the lowest level, the hallucinated sounds lack clarity and may be indistinct, muffled, and difficult to make out. They are also only heard as embedded within real sounds occurring within the external environment. For example, one may hear subtle music or voices embedded within the sounds of the wind, cars, and rain.
  2. Partially defined separate hallucinations - At this level, the sounds remain only partially defined, but are heard on a separate layer of their own instead of only manifesting themselves as embedded within other noises.
  3. Fully defined separate hallucinations - At this level, the sounds become fully defined in their clarity, meaning that the content of the hallucinations can be recognized and heard perfectly as if they were actually occurring externally.

Auditory hallucinations are often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as auditory distortion and auditory enhancement. They are most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of hallucinogenic compounds, such as psychedelics, deliriants, and dissociatives. However, they can also occur less commonly under the influence of stimulant psychosis, cannabinoids, and during sleep deprivation.

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