Migraine is a complex disease with myriad possible symptoms, including auditory hallucinations. Some of these symptoms can be frightening; at the least, they’re frustrating.
The term auditory hallucination is fairly self-explanatory. It means hearing sounds that aren’t really present.
Along with olfactory hallucinations, auditory hallucinations are less common than many other migraine symptoms. Both auditory hallucinations and olfactory hallucinations usually occur during the aura phase of a migraine attack.
Auditory hallucinations can be an especially frustrating symptom when they occur at the same time as phonophobia. There are no symptomatic treatments for auditory hallucinations. They usually subside once the aura phase ends. If not, they subside along with other migraine symptoms, when an abortive medication is used and is effective.
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Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.