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Re: can't stop the music

Posted by Penelope on August 8, 2003, at 21:17:21

In reply to Re: can't stop the music, posted by An^j^el on August 8, 2001, at 16:20:42

So glad to find this board, but no posts in 2 years?! Please come back! I just started hearing music 4 weeks ago, and I only learned today that others have experienced this phenomenon. I first learned this today from an audiologist, and now I find this thread. Already feel better!

The audiologist says this is a form of tinnitus, and he has had success treating others with head phones that deliver *white noise*. I'm not quite ready for that--or for meds.

My concerts are not all that unpleasant, and they do not interfere with my thought processes. They are more like background music. I hear Christian music hymns mostly. Sometimes *American the Beautiful*. There is an organist, several brass instruments and singing voices. At first the voice was just a man with a very deep bass range. Beautiful. I can feel the vibrations from the bass notes. Sometimes he sings with other male voices and sometimes with a full choir. Some of the tunes I don't recall ever hearing, but most are very famililar traditional hymns--Softly and Tenderly, Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, What a Friend We Have in Jesus. They also do America the Beautiful every now and then. They also frequently play what I have come to think of as their theme piece--a lively tune, almost playful--played only by a low range horn of some sort (maybe a baritone horn?), a trumpet and the choir humming and making nonsense verbalizations, almost like scat singing in jazz. They play several variations on this theme, all very beautiful. The trumpet can play in a very high register with perfect control. I don't know if real trumpet players can really do this.

But.....sometimes they get stuck on certain notes or phrases like a broken record. This is very irritating. I can sort of tune them out when they do this.

These are not sounds coming from my head. I am certain I am HEARING them. The music is faint--as if wafting from a neighbor's house or a nearby church. In fact, when this first started I asked my neighbors if they had bought an organ or were playing a lot of church music on their music system or perhaps an electronic keyboard. (They said no.) But my grown son who lives with me could not hear anything of what I was hearing, and then I started hearing it at work, and I knew I had a problem. Now I hear it everywhere, almost without cessation.

I have been taking Amitriptyline for several years(25mg/day)for neuro pain associated with cervical spondylosis. About six months ago I started occasionally taking Phentermine (30mg/day)to offset the sleepiness and confusion the Amitrip seemed to be causing. The combo has worked very well, but now I am wondering if either of these drugs or the combination of the two could be causing this auditory thing. I have also been under terrible stress--many life changes and bereavements of late.

Please, any response is welcome. Meanwhile, I will count as a blessing that I am not hearing Connie Francis!!




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