Auditory hallucinations

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Auditory hallucinations (paracusia) can be described as the experience of hearing spontaneous imaginary noises that 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 clips of sound such as imagined music, voices, tones and notes, but be 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 this 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 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.

Psychoactive substances

Compounds within our psychoactive substance index which may cause this effect include:

Experience reports

Anecdotal reports which describe this effect within our experience index include:

See also