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My mother has described she hears music sometimes very loud and as if from a radio, cd or cassette. She believes we are having a party or doing on purpose to drive her crazy. It makes her so upset she becomes angry and agitated. Its in her head literally and happens mostly at night but has also happened in the day. I looked up the symptoms she described to me and that's how I found out about (mes). How can we make it stop? Thank you for any information.
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Renee, my Mom was having an issue with hearing "talk radio". Once Mom's hearing aids were adjusted, the talk radio went away.

Another idea - silver fillings in teeth.... I have read the electrical conductivity of the human body can act as an antenna, thus silver filling in a tooth, reacting just-so with saliva, can act as a semiconductor to detect the audio signal.

Radio signals are more noticeable at night as some radio stations go off the air, thus more air space for other signals.
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Sounds like my mother, only she hears a voice instead of music. It wakes her up at 2:00-3:00 am. She describes it as sounding like someone talking on the radio. There is no radio in her room, and no one is up at that hour. She can't make out what he's saying, though, and when she gets up it stops.
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Musical ear syndrome in those with hearing deficits is kind of like Charles Bonnet Syndrome in the visually impaired, it may not be common but it isn't all that rare either. I'm dismayed that no doctors or nurses you've met has heard of it.
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renee9701 Sep 2019
Me too. Its frustrating to see her so upset.
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Auditory hallucinations? Tinnitus is a constant ringing; it's not music.
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Wow! I never knew this was an actual condition. When my mom lived with us, she used to complain all the time about hearing a radio on really loud in the early morning. I used a radio alarm to wake me for work, but it wasn't loud enough to be heard from anywhere else in the house and from her room on the other end of the house with both of our doors closed, I'm sure she couldn't hear it. She couldn't even hear my voice when we were in the same room. Then, she started complaining that it must be the neighbor, which was possible if both her window and the neighbor's were open I suppose, but no one had been living in that house for 3 years. She remained adamant that she DID hear music. Even named a tune occasionally - nothing that any radio station I knew of would play - like "Michael Row the Boat Ashore." She did use hearing aids, but didn't sleep with them in and usually turned them down low. I just figured it was one of her little peculiarities. It is such a relief to know this is a real thing.
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renee9701 Sep 2019
When my mother started complaining of this music I was getting anxious because I did not know what to do so I googled saw musical ear syndrome this is my first tine and am trying to learn as much as I can.
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Yes, I have it to a certain extent. I also have tinnitus which doesn’t help. If there is “white noise” around me, such as a furnace running, air conditioning, anything that provides a constant stream of low volume noise, I will hear what sounds like a radio. Once, on New Year’s Eve at Midnight, I even hear “Auld Lang Syne”. That was the weirdest experience I have had with it.
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renee9701 Sep 2019
Thank you for your response. This music is driving her nuts. What can we do to stop it.
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Good article.  I am hearing cicadas, but only when there's no other sounds (real ones) and can I can often ignore.
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My mother had this for about 10 years before she died. I took her to specialists in three cities. There is no cure or stopping. She got hearing aids with a filtering feature which helped but did not cure.
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