Seeing Sounds

by Betzi
(San Diego, California, United States)

this is a drawing of one of my auras. before i get a migraine, i get synesthetic auras. i see different colors and shapes depending on what i hear or what i'm feeling, although i also see things during auras for no apparent reason. this picture is the sound of my fishtank. :) the crescent made up of various figures isn't really part of the sound, (it just hangs out in my field of vision now and then) but i didn't want to draw around it, so i drew it in. I'm not sure if i like getting migraines or not, they're interesting, but i get them usually once or twice a day and it makes school difficult. They're amazing art inspiration though!

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Jun 21, 2010
by: marti

Interesting...the crescent you say hangs out in your field of vision is EXACTLY the same crescent I see in my field of vision before the migraine strikes. It always appears to my left and drifts across to the right. I work on a computer and when it appears at work I have to take a 30 minute break and wait for it to go away because I can't see,

Apr 27, 2010
by: Anonymous

I suffered from migrains more when i was a child than now as a adult, but I always saw an aura. I find the comment about hightened senses because when I would get a migrain I could almost hear through the walls and I remember being very young and being able to smell my mother coming to check on me in my room. I always thought it was my imagination but I see there might be a link to my migraine. Interesting, I don't get them anymore, but I'm still intregued by them as you are. That's a great illustration by the way.

Mar 13, 2010
by: Jill

I'm always asked if I get auras. I dont think so, but sometimes I see lights flashing, but I don't think they are necessarily related to my migraines. Anyway, this is a very interesting drawing. I wondered what the auras looked like, and if I was getting them. I'm still not sure. I don't think so.

What's really fascinating is that the deaf person can hear better when the migraine is present, and that there might be a connection to migraines with deafness and blindness. You might be onto something there, as sensitivity to light and sounds intensify with migraines. Something to mull over!

Mar 04, 2010
RE: seeing sounds
by: Sharon

I'm almost legally deaf. I have to wear two very powerful hearing aids to communicate with other humans. Just for the record my migraines have the effect of INCREASING my hearing and I've experienced just a tiny bit of what you posted here.

I really think deafness (and blindness) might be cured through migraine research.

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