Migraine Term of the Day - Auditory Hallucination

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Writer's note: Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," on a regular basis. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment below.

When we're given migraine and headache information, whether from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing. While it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term, there are times when substituting doesn't quite convey the same meaning.

Auditory hallucination is one of those terms. It's sometimes used when talking about migraine symptoms and is an important word for migraineurs to understand.


An auditory hallucinations is hearing sound or sounds that aren't really occurring.

Here's an example of how it's used in a sentence:During a migraine attack, I sometimes have an auditory hallucination of a radio playing.

**Discussion:**The word "hallucination" sometimes has a negative connotation or is thought to be symptomatic only of mental health conditions. In reality, hallucinations are usually the result of nervous system disorders. For more about the possible symptoms of a migraine attack, see ** Anatomy of a Migraine**.

For more terms, see our Migraine Medical Terms Glossary Index.