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iPods could make you hallucinate
This is London ^ | 8-12-2006 | Mark Prigg

Posted on 08/12/2006 12:10:35 PM PDT by Cagey

Listening to an iPod could leave you with psychological problems, an expert warns.

He says exposure to music is causing more cases of musical hallucination, where a song "plays" constantly in the head.

"People find they can't sleep and can't think properly," said Dr Victor Aziz, a psychiatrist at Whitchurch hospital in Cardiff.

In May, a Bristol audiology expert warned that listening to music at high volume could cause tinnitus and inner ear damage. Dr Aziz said the condition he is warning about causes the brain to hear phantom music. This is different from the common occurrence of having a song "stuck" in your head because the sound is continuous and appears real.

Dr Aziz, whose research involving 30 sufferers is published this week in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, said: "Having a song in your head every now and then is quite normal but musical hallucinations can be quite distressing." He predicted the condition will become more common as people are inundated with music from their iPods, radios and TVs, plus music played in public places.

"People who are bombarded by music tend to hear music," said Dr Aziz. "I suspect the rates of hallucinations in orchestral players will be higher than normal. So, as we hear more music every day, cases will probably go up."

His research suggests sound hallucinations occur when people move from a stimulusrich environment to one with few auditory stimuli - for instance, from using an iPod on the Tube to entering a quiet office.

With no sound via the ears, the brain generates random impulses it interprets to be sound. It then matches these to memories of music and a song begins in the head. This may explain why Beethoven was able to compose after going deaf.

Officially, one in 10,000 people over 65 suffers but Dr Aziz believes younger people are also affected and the true number with the condition is higher due to poor diagnosis. Some sufferers find the condition a comfort. One 28-year-old said it was like a film soundtrack. Twenty patients reported hearing religious music, with six hearing the hymn Abide With Me.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: mentalhealth; wod

1 posted on 08/12/2006 12:10:36 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: martin_fierro

Mushroom ping.


2 posted on 08/12/2006 12:11:06 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey
where a song "plays" constantly in the head.

Barbara Manatee, Manatee, Manatee,
You're the one for me....

3 posted on 08/12/2006 12:18:27 PM PDT by steveo (ADVERTISEMENT)
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To: Allegra; ambrose; Bella_Bru; Born Conservative; Cagey; Caipirabob; CarrotAndStick; CFC__VRWC; ...
iPod
Send FReepmail if you want on/off iPing list
WARNING: This is a high-volume Ping list. Turn your headphones down
The List of Ping Lists

4 posted on 08/12/2006 12:22:10 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Cagey

That happens to me all the time (mp3, not ipod). I just call it "the soundrack of my life."


5 posted on 08/12/2006 12:23:34 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (The Democrat Party stands for open treason in a time of war.)
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To: Cagey

Songs never get stuck in people head, it's all a rumor!

;)

its a small world after all
its a small world after all
its a small world after all
its a small, small world


6 posted on 08/12/2006 12:30:07 PM PDT by RFC_Gal (It's not just a boulder; It's a rock! A ro-o-ock. The pioneers used to ride these babies for miles!)
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To: Cagey

"ear worm" alert!!!


7 posted on 08/12/2006 12:31:58 PM PDT by Bush_Democrat (Ex-Dem since 2001 *Folding@Home for the Gipper - Join the FReeper Folders*)
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To: Cagey

"...musical hallucination..."

I always called it a 'ear worm'; a tune or song that I couldn't stop hearing play in my mind. I'd hum or whistle it. But I could get rid of it by listening to Hitlery, Pelosi or McKinney's voices, which would erase everything else.

Within 5 mins, I'd have to insert the Lithium IV directly into my carotid artery, and rest for 1-2hrs...


8 posted on 08/12/2006 12:35:09 PM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage. Try it!)
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To: Cagey

it's that Devil Rock n Rool again !


9 posted on 08/12/2006 12:36:35 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: RFC_Gal
Of course not! Just someone's imagination. :)

This is the song that never ends
Yes, it goes on and on, my friends
Some people started singing it not knowing what it was,
And they'll continue singing it forever just because—

10 posted on 08/12/2006 12:38:54 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (...heavy strings, tune low, play hard and floor it. Floor it. That's technical talk....)
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To: Cagey
With no sound via the ears, the brain generates random impulses it interprets to be sound. It then matches these to memories of music and a song begins in the head. This may explain why Beethoven was able to compose after going deaf.

So then, the good Dr Aziz is now suggesting that musicians are now victims who are afflicted with this dread horror. Being a musician myself, I ask (no DEMAND!): "Where's my government check ?!?!?"

/chuckle

11 posted on 08/12/2006 12:43:32 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Cagey

OMGOSH I hear Rush Limbaugh constantly talking!! Helpme! Helpme! Worse, I am constantly going out and buying mattresses! Makeitstop!!


12 posted on 08/12/2006 12:45:09 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Cagey
I spent 90 seconds in an elevator once and had 'The Girl From Ipanema' stuck in my head for weeks.........


13 posted on 08/12/2006 12:47:59 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Allah FUBAR!)
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To: Cagey
WARNING! DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK!!!! IT'S A SMALL WORLD!
14 posted on 08/12/2006 12:48:45 PM PDT by Dallas59 (WHAT THE HELL ARE MUSLIMS DOING IN AMERICA???)
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To: Dallas59

Don't make me call 867-5309 on you!


15 posted on 08/12/2006 12:50:21 PM PDT by RFC_Gal (It's not just a boulder; It's a rock! A ro-o-ock. The pioneers used to ride these babies for miles!)
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To: RFC_Gal

I got your number!


16 posted on 08/12/2006 12:51:08 PM PDT by Dallas59 (WHAT THE HELL ARE MUSLIMS DOING IN AMERICA???)
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To: RFC_Gal
Songs never get stuck in people head, it's all a rumor!

A rumor, indeed!

Fruit salad, yummy yummy
Fruit salad, yummy yummy

17 posted on 08/12/2006 12:53:15 PM PDT by JRios1968 (That gal knows how to shake a possum...)
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To: martin_fierro

LOL @ iTrip


18 posted on 08/12/2006 1:15:23 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey

Some commercials do that to me...


19 posted on 08/12/2006 4:22:26 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: martin_fierro

I.m nonplussed by your graphic. I live in Humboldt County... >}:)-->


20 posted on 08/12/2006 4:30:36 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: Cagey

I used to have a problem with hearing a song in my head, endlessly repeated. The only cure was to sit at the piano and play it.

BINGO!

song was gone


21 posted on 08/15/2006 6:09:25 AM PDT by RonHolzwarth ("History repeats itself - first as tragedy, then as farce" - Karl Marx)
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