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Can anyone else "hear" in their head? 10 months 2 weeks ago #4886

So I can't "see" anything in my mind, but I can hear things in head really clearly. I can read text in my head with Morgan Freeman's voice. I can hear a violin playing a familiar tune, or even a symphony orchestra (gets difficult to keep track of all the different instruments though obviously).

Is anyone else here like this?

Side note, when I'm playing an instrumental piece in my head, I also find myself associating specific feelings to different parts of the music, which I assume is what it means to be "moved" by music.
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Can anyone else "hear" in their head? 10 months 2 weeks ago #4891

OH haha just realized that this question's already been asked in the crowd research part of this site!
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Can anyone else "hear" in their head? 10 months 2 weeks ago #4895

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Yes I can hear things in my head I can hear peoples voices when I read text and I can hear my own voice as I'm typing this! I have always been able to do it :) and when I acquired Anphant it never left, I think it left for a little bit when I was very poorly but it came back!!
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Can anyone else "hear" in their head? 10 months 2 weeks ago #4897

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No, I thought I could till I found out I had this condition. I only hear my voice doing a very poor Morgan Freeman impersonation. Lol. I can't hear music either.
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Can anyone else "hear" in their head? 9 months 4 weeks ago #4929

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I thought I could but I don't think I really can now that I've been reading a bit more. From time to time I will hear music in my head note for note but it is faint and happens pretty rarely. I remember hearing a song note for note in my head one time and asking my SO if she could do the same, she replied that of course she could, looking back I could see she thought it was an odd question but I thought nothing of it at the time.
I have always been able to memorize lyrics very easily, I usually have the lyrics of a song stuck in my head, not the melody of a song.
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Can anyone else "hear" in their head? 8 months 2 weeks ago #5077

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When I hear music in my head, it is my own inner voice attempting to recreate that song. If I don't fully know the chord progression or notes, those mistakes are apparent to me. When sing along to even my favorite bands, I don't really know the lyrics until they are coming out my mouth. It's all really janky. I've been making music for almost 20 years...
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Can anyone else "hear" in their head? 8 months 2 weeks ago #5082

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Ha, Moyer, me too! Crazy. I am such a wordy person, but can't remember lyrics hardly at all. Also paid musician for, oops, about 35 years. I "feel/hear" out chords/progressions intuitively (only to forget them again after playing!) but can remember and sing tunes quite easily even if I cannot recreate every tune on every instrument I play.
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Can anyone else "hear" in their head? 8 months 1 week ago #5096

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At risk of sounding crazy, I recently realized that I kind of feel like I am an NPC (non playable character), or simulated consciousness, in a huge simulation game that other "beings" have chosen to play in. Here is why: I have this understanding of my actions being repetitions of set patterns. If situation A happens, then you react this way, etc. And it is all a cascading system, so reactions to events inform earlier processes. I'm no game developer or AI specialist, but this feels like what an NPC might experience, ASSUMING that what humans do as mental imagery (or visualization) is the synthesis of the brains memory system's "knowledge" on a given subject. If that is true, a simulated consciousness could be tricked into thinking it was a real human given enough If/then rules.

In the end, im thinking what is actually going on, is a SOFTware issue with recall and display. Im pretty certain that the HARDware part of my brain is fine, given that my dreams are visual, and i have hallucinated visually, and that those processes make use of the same hardware system.

further, Its like I can't put my inner visual perception on the computer screen, when i close my eyes and "practice" visualizing, I am conscious of my visual perception. sometimes it focuses quickly (i consider that the "my eyes are open" feeling, even when they are closed), unfortunately, it always still just feels like i'm in a pitch black cave with my eyes open.
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Can anyone else "hear" in their head? 8 months 6 days ago #5110

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When I try to visualize something or imagine a smell I literally get nothing, every time. But I used to frequently have music playing in my head. It seemed like a radio in the next room. But when I started taking antidepressants the music stopped and hasn't come back, even when I've gone off the meds. I kinda miss it.
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Can anyone else "hear" in their head? 8 months 4 days ago #5113

@moyer check this video out! The part toward the end sounds really similar to what you're describing!
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Can anyone else "hear" in their head? 7 months 3 weeks ago #5143

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'Hear' might not apply fully to me. I can imagin a tune, but not a specific instrument. Having got the tune I can usually play it on guitar or melodeon .
Tunes seem to come in repeating patterns which I don't 'hear' but I'm aware of..
Last Edit: 7 months 3 weeks ago by Morley. Reason: Correcting spelling.
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Can anyone else "hear" in their head? 7 months 1 week ago #5214

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I hear myself all the time in my head. My private conversation is my self of self awareness.
I was always a good student (great straight-A student actually). There was one exception and this was foreign language courses which were required in some circumstances. I never got past a rudimentary few words. I realize now that everything I learn is narrated to me by my own internal voice, and that voice is in English. If I try to process another language I do so by narrating it in English to myself and that really messes up the whole process. I never could get to where I narrated my thoughts in any other language than the English I learned as a child. Today I have memorized many words in languages which helps me to read basic texts, but have never approached any type of fluency even after living for years with people who primarily spoke a different language.
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