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Pain-sound synesthesia

An alternative name could be algesic-auditory synesthesia


Some synesthetes perceive sounds on feeling different types of pain. This appears to be a very uncommon type of synesthesia. It can coexist with other pain-related synesthesias like pain-colour or pain-smell, so there are people who not only see pain visually but hear it as well, and others who hear it and smell it at the same time. The sounds are consistent: the same type of pain triggers the same sound. They have been described as “frequencies”, “buzzing”, “ringing”, “whistling”, “like radio interference”, for example, and the volume seems to increase with the intensity of the pain and can even be heard at a very high volume.





Here are some descriptions written by people with this type of synesthesia:

“If I slam my hand on my desk, it is a low frequency pitch and if I get a papercut it is a high pitch.”

(Source: This post on the online debate platform Reddit/Synesthesia. 2020.)

"The sound I hear when I experience pain is very sudden and loud. It is usually high pitched and jarring, but it can also sound like loud thuds, grinding, electrical zapping, and so on depending on the source of the pain.”

(Source: This post on the online debate platform Reddit/Synesthesia. 2020.)

"When I was little I used to call it “the echoes” because sharp or burning pain makes an “eeeee” sound while dull or aching pain makes an “ooooo” sound. So when they’re put together (like getting hit by something) it sounds like someone saying “echooo!!!””

(Source: This comment on the online debate platform Reddit/Synesthesia. 2020.)


Related synesthesia types:

Pain-colour/shape

Pain-taste

Pain-smell


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