Nothing throws you for a loop like when you swear you can hear something that doesn’t seem to have an explanation. If what you heard really doesn’t have a source, it might be an “auditory hallucination.”
Mental illness is one of the more common causes of auditory hallucinations, but there are a lot of other reasons, including alcohol, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia, brain tumors, epilepsy, hearing loss, high fevers and infections, and intense stress, and more.
Treatment depends on what’s causing you to hear things. Sometimes, once you and your doctor solve that problem, the hallucinations go away, or at least may not happen as much.
In some cases, there’s an easy solution. Your doctor may lower the dose of a medicine you take. In others, treatment is more complex, and you may need to try several things to see what works. For example, with an illness like schizophrenia, you might need a mix of medications, therapy, and other care.