Hey, I'm really getting an education here. Nancy's mentioning the possibility of injury being involved rang a bell with me. I have hit my head on an oak table, cement (twice) and gravel - all pretty hard falls. Maybe I scrambled my brains in those falls.
Indeed the brain is a strange and complicated thing. I read yesterday that 41% of a group in a research project in musical hallucinations had OCD, which I don't believe I have.
Margy - visualization doesn't work for me - my mind just flips to something else. That whooshing sound you hear in the morning is the ocean you visualized from the night before. Just kiddin'.
Sounds like I am just one of millions of people who have brain oddities. Guess I should be thankful it is opera and not blue grass - which I don't like.
As my neurologist used to say, "The brain is a strange thing!" :)
Neuroscience is finding and describing absolutely astounding things about the brain. Tinnitus and various types of hallucinations are just part of an unbelievably huge range of odd things that can go on in our brain due to disease, age, injury, and simply individual variations.
For example, I have just been comparing notes on synesthesia with my co-workers and family. I recently found out I have number-form synesthesia, in which I see (and have seen, since childhood) the number line, centuries and decades, the months of the year, and the days of the week in specific, fixed spatial locations. Most people don't do this (which I was very surprised to find out--I'd always assumed everyone saw numbers, etc. the same way I do, because that's the way they ARE).
One brother and a sister-in-law see only months in specific spatial locations, but none of my other close relatives have any form of synethesia. Why MY brain? Who knows?
One of my co-workers has an odd form of synesthesia in which she will get a sudden feeling of an object, such as a book or dish, as having a particular age, gender, and mood (say, a dish appears to her to be an angry teenage girl). And this woman isn't crazy.
So... NOW do you think that hearing opera is all that strange? :)
I wondered if the sound therapy machines worked for anyone , I have been doing visualisation to fall asleep I imagine a nice desert Island with Sand and the Ocean, only works if I am relaxed though ,,if my little Pea Brain gets active I am done for and have to put the Old TV on for an hour.I get Tinnitus in the mornings when I wake they are low sounding with a whooshing noise!! I think its me who has a few Kinks LOL
Thanks very much. I googled "musical hallucinations" and found lots of information. I am not crazy after all....just old, hearing-impaired and probably have a few kinks in my brain. I bought a Conair sound therapy machine. I focus on that (the running stream setting), and it does help when trying to fall asleep.
I think there is something called musical hallucinations. Search on that and see what you find.
Thank you for your response. Yes, the tinnitus is much worse at night - especially after I go to bed. I am seeing my audiologist on the 26th and will ask her if the hearing aids could have anything to do with the tinnitus.
Hm. I'm presuming that this problem is something that you experience even when you take your hearing aids out. However, do you notice any pattern to the tinnitus? For instance, if you wake up, put in your aids, and the ringing is mild or nonexistant; but worsens as the day progresses, there may be a small imbalance in your hearing aids.