"Seeing" Voices?
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"Seeing" voices?  (Connie)

Q: Whenever I see my psychiatrist, he asks about whether I hear voices. I never have, but I see people talking to me. I think maybe I see them not hear them because I'm hearing impaired. Is there any difference between "seeing voices" and hearing them?

Dear Connie --
Very interesting question.  I don't know the answer.  Is there a hearing impaired website where you might ask if others know anything?  I'd think that "yes, there is a difference" -- but what that means, I'm not sure.  The auditory areas of the brain are very near the places in the temporal lobe where mood disturbances seem to arise; however, whether your brain might be processing "sound", sort of visually if you will, in those areas-- I don't know.  If it made a difference in treatment, there are some research outfits that might be able to figure this out.  However, it might come down to just treating you as though you were "hearing" voices, in which case maybe it doesn't make so much difference just which part of your brain is involved when you experience what you experience.

Dr.  Phelps

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