Musical hallucinations represent a specific form of auditory hallucinations whereby patients experience formed music without an external source. We describe a 60-year-old woman with history of bilateral hearing impairment and tinnitus who experienced both recognizable and non-recognizable songs. Curiously, she was able to reproduce non-recognizable songs in a way that could be recognized by others. This phenomenon is in line with current understanding that musical hallucinations represent abnormal activity in the auditory associative cortices, raising intriguing questions regarding memory, forgetting, and access to lost memories.
Keywords: musical hallucinations, auditory processing, memory
Citation: Vitorovic D and Biller J (2013) Musical hallucinations and forgotten tunes – case report and brief literature review. Front. Neurol. 4:109. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2013.00109
Received: 18 June 2013; Accepted: 22 July 2013;
Published online: 08 August 2013.
Edited by:Gregory Gruener, Loyola University, USA
Reviewed by:Luciano A. Sposato, University of Western Ontario, Canada
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*Correspondence: José Biller, Department of Neurology, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, 2160 South 1st Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org