jes58 said:He asks my Mum (his carer) why she can't hear it. He gets quite upset over this.
jenniferpa said:by what she characterized as "constant running water"That's interesting, Jennifer - exactly what mum claimed to hear about 18 months ago ... to the extent we had a builder friend in to check her walls/loft etc ... she accused the next door neighbour of 'doing things to her walls' .... etc ....
She was diagnosed by audiologists as having tinnitus, but makes me wonder now if these were not auditory hallucinations attributable to her dementia? (which was then undiagnosed). (She was also at the time having some visual hallucinations - and being woken up by knocks at the door at 5am but no-one was there, 'seeing things' on the floor which weren't there ...... etc ...... all seems to fit together now ...... ).
Whether in mum's case this was a 'passing phase' or the Aricept has eliminated her problem, or even just her hearing has deteriorated, or it really was/is tinnitus, or she has simply 'forgotten' to complain about it ????
Difficult to know anything about anything sometimes, isn't it?
Love, Karen, x
"by what she characterized as "constant running water
However if you delve further you'll see that all of this info is based on dealing with people who have such diseases as schizophrenia NOT dementia or AD.
However, dementia is different; there is no real "cure" - although there are drugs to help with symptoms, the underlying cause is damage to the brain which is irreversible and progressive.
Hallucinations are false perceptions based on false sensa (sensory input) not triggered by any external event or entity. The patient is usually not psychotic - he is aware that he what he sees, smells, feels, or hears is not there. Still, some psychotic states are accompanied by hallucinations (e.g., formication - the feeling that bugs are crawling over or under one's skin).
There are a few classes of hallucinations:
Auditory - The false perception of voices and sounds (such as buzzing, humming, radio transmissions, whispering, motor noises, and so on).
my mum finds it difficult to ask.
jes58 said:But am a little concerned because we keep hearing stories in our area about day centres are closing and sufferers being taken off their medication. Is this a routine procedure?
Margaret W said:Mum has only been in the care home for 3 weeks, we thought she was reasonably okay. She now hears people shouting for her. Marian, come here, Marian go there, she says they are doing it all day but they are not.
Sad eh? How do we know when action is needed and when to just accept things?