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I can hear a priest chanting even after closing my ears. What could be wrong ?

earing problem: From last October I am hearing a priest chanting in Tamil for 24 hours non-stop to this day! Also hear a hum by the side. Even if I close my ears, still I hear them. What is the cause ? If needs be I can tell the details. Please reply. Thanks. -- Subramaniam From last October I am Hearing like a priest chanting for 24 hours in Tamil and also with a hum by the side. Even if I close both ears I still hear them. Please reply. Thanks. Sincerely, Subramaniam PS: I am male, age 73. I had no ear problem thus far.
Asked On : Sun, 10 Apr 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
welcome to health care magic forum,
your problem is purely psychic,during day time you think about such thing or something moving in your mind, at night you feel this type of hallucinations.
you take advise of psychiatrist,you will be alright.
Answered: Sun, 10 Apr 2011
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ENT Specialist Dr. Sumit Bhatti's  Response
1. The hum that you hear is known as Tinnitus. Tinnitus is a common phenomenon.
2. Presence of Tinnitus indicates some hearing loss. Have you had an audiogram?
3. The singing and chanting that you also hear is an Auditory Hallucination. This is rare.
4. I would recommend a check up by a neurologist to try and identify any minor stroke or blood supply problem in the auditory cortex. Get an EEG done, in addition.
5. If all investigations are normal, it means that your auditory cortex is generating a replacement for some frequencies of your hearing loss. (Most of your hearing loss will be age related).
6. Have you tried hearing aids and cognitive behavioral therapy to mask the music?
7. You may have a psychiatrist's opinion and try medication.
8. If the above does not work, a PET CT Scan and a fMRI Scan may pick up the exact site in the auditory cortex.
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