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Is it common for my 92 year old mother to hear music when she is alone?

My 92 year old mother hears music when she is quiet or alone. There is no music in the house or outside. Is this common?

Status: Open    Dec 09, 2014 - 09:39 AM

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Dec 14, 2014 - 05:45 PM

I've heard it is called music ear, caused by being alone to much in silence. Turn on a radio or tv. It should go away if that is what it is. You can get more information about it on the internet. Good Luck


May 14, 2015 - 10:56 AM

I often find myself passionate in answering questions for families about Alzheimer's and other related dementia, there is so much fascinating inforamtion out there! While I am not sure about the information specific to hearing music when alone, I do know and have read much about Music Therapy for those suffering from memory loss. Many studies show that music in fact has a calming effect on folks with memory loss, can encourage movement or participation. The Alzheimer's Association has a great article here:

With regards to her spending time alone I wonder if looking into the local senior center or a day respite program might be a good idea. It may give her some of not only the social opportunities so many with memory loss benefit from but also the opportunity to participate in activities that are music-focused. offers some wonderful videos about seniors who suffer from memory loss responding to music!


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