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My mom is 82 years old, and has recently been experiencing

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My mom is 82 years old, and has recently been experiencing hearing voices. The voices tell her things, some comforting, some threatening. She also has a severe hearing loss and suffers from tinutus and auditory hullucinations, ie, hears music. Could these issues all be related?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 2 years ago.

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Hello, I can definitely understand your concern for your mother's well being given that she is experiencing these symptoms. Typically the auditory hallucinations of hearing music, also called Musical Ear Syndrome, is commonly associated with people that develop Tinnitus or hearing loss, so because your mother has been suffering from tinnitus the presence of musical hallucinations would be consistent.

Now the hearing voices is not usually associated with Musical Ear Syndrome or Tinnitus. Auditory hallucinations of hearing voices should be considered a mental health symptom and addressed accordingly. Does your mother have any other symptoms such as confusion, irritability, memory loss, and/or disorganized thought process? Also has she been recently taking any new medication since the onset of "hearing voices?"

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