A patient kept hearing music in his hearing aids in his bedroom. He did not hear it anywhere else, only in the bedroom.
When he told us about the problem, we had him borrow a separate set of hearing aids: he still heard the music. His wife listened to the aids at the same spot: she did not hear any music.
When the patient got his own hearing aids back, he could still hear the music. I asked him what kind of music he had been hearing, and he said that the music was “It’s a Small World” from the Disney World ride. As I started to gain understanding of what could be going on, I explained a phenomenon known as “phantom music” (musical hallucinations), and asked the patient if he ever worked at Disney World.
After explaining phantom music to the patient, he stated: “I have Wednesdays free.”
I asked, “for what?”
The patient replied, “for a psychiatrist.”
-contributed by Dr. Robert Risley