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Is there something going on in my head? Answered

     Well, I don't have a mental problem or anything, but it often gets weird and I just can't help but to ask. I'll recount several months before, around March or May last year. I was practicing Morse code, practicing with visuals, practicing with audios. After a few weeks of practice, I started hearing Morse code in my head, as in out of nowhere I literally hear it (completely random, it's not spelling out anything last I checked). I asked around about it (deleted the question though) and someone mentioned it's not normal/it's rare. Then fast forward into around November or December, I keep hearing that Morse encoded "SMS" ring-tone from a phone (it's quite popular here, heard it more than a thousand times). I kept searching for that cellular phone, but to no avail. I covered my ears with pillows, and I still kept hearing it. I then concluded that it was in my head. The end result was I couldn't fall asleep for 3 hours lying down on the bed. It's something like LSS (Last Song Syndrome, search it up if you don't know it) to the extremes (to the point that it resonates in your head and you can hear it as an audible tone not from your thoughts). Any thoughts as what may have been causing this?



Best Answer 7 years ago

You may have tinnitus (ringing in the ears) like me. Your brain is constantly trying to make something out of it and since you've worked so hard on MC that's where it goes.

By the way, how did you do with the code?

Well, I "memorized" it within 1 day, although it didn't come easily. Day 2 was met with constant recall of Morse code (specifically on W, X, Y and Z). Day 3 was met with "decode as fast as you can" sessions. With day 4 came audio practice. A few weeks later I soldered together a little practice Morse key. And now almost a year later, my memories of Morse code is a bit "grainy" like buying a top-end video game and setting it lower than its lowest graphic settings, yet still you can form something off of it.

"going on" yes, otherwise you would not be alive.
"mental problem", is it a problem to you? (if it is then yes)

You've put Morse-code into your head, and are having trouble getting it out. Try listening to some other "music".


Well, going on other than the other processes, and I do tend to exaggerate what I really mean. It's less of a problem but more of a nuisance (although if it did cause me prolonged hours of sleep deprivation, then yes it would be a problem). And, well, too late, I already listened to other music. Now the situation is I can't get the music out of my head. I guess problems are meant to stay in this world to be solved, the solutions cause more problems, and so on and so forth.

Oh dear. And Oh well, it happens to most people... I think


No. that's pretty common.

I once upon a time played Final Fantasy and became used to hearing the theme music even when I was not playing.

I don't know what the technical term is, but it's a memory burn-in issue. The synapses get so flooded that they just keep on going and going and going and...

When I first started using a flight simulator back in the 1980s, I was so captivated that I'd play for hours on end. Then when I finally slipped between the sheets, I'd close my eyes and...see myself flying in the stupid jet....for an hour or so before finally falling asleep. You'd think I'd have learned my lesson...

Anyway, I related this to other people and found that it was way more common than I at first thought. Most people who spend hours having repetitive content shoved into their senses have probably experienced it, whether tastes, sounds, sights, feelings, or smells.

(actually feeling might be a good example of something a bit more concrete...for instance when using a vibrating tool like an electric sander or impulse hammer for prolonged periods, the way one's hands feel for hours afterwards...)

Well, I can see what you mean by common just by looking at the replies here...

You've caught an ear-worm.

I had one when I spent a lot of time playing Tetris - I'd keep hearing that jingly tune even if my DS was switched off and in another room.

It passes.


7 years ago

I have experienced hearing (constantly for several weeks) a Bavarian type 'umpah' band while taking medication. At first I thought it was a neighbor's TV.

It would probably be a good idea to see a doctor and also to have your hearing checked to see if there has been damage to the nerves in the frequencies you were using for the code.