What Is Musical Ear Syndrome?


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Musical Ear Syndrome or MES as it is often called  is a condition where a person hears phantom sounds--typically music, singing or what sounds like a radio or TV playing in another room. This is NOT a psychiatric condition--meaning the person is not mentally ill, but  is indicative of things now working quite right in the auditory system.

MES is a syndrome--that is, a collection of symptoms. Typically people with MES are elderly, have a hearing loss, have tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and often are either anxious, depressed or stressed.

The best article on the subject of MES is called "Musical Ear Syndrome". You can read it at is also a book by the same author that explains MES in greater detail and explains what people can do to get their MES under control. You can get this book, "Phantom Voices, Ethereal Music & Other Spooky Sounds" at

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