by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A lady explained,
A horrible, loud explosion woke me up last night and made me scream out a bit. It was really scary! What’s happening?
What this lady experienced goes by the ghastly-sounding name of “Exploding Head” syndrome. In spite of its grisly name, your head doesn’t really explode—you just hear a loud exploding sound.
In my book, “Take Control of Your Tinnitus—Here’s How”, I explain:
“Exploding Head” syndrome is relatively rare. You may experience a very loud and sudden noise such as a loud bang similar to a bomb exploding, a gun going off, a clash of cymbals, a door slamming, a roaring sound, waves crashing against rocks, loud voices or screams, a ringing noise, a terrific bang on a tin tray, the sound of electrical arcing (buzzing) or any other form of loud, indecipherable noise that seems to originate from inside your head. It most often occurs just before deep sleep (and sometimes upon coming out of deep sleep) and wakes you up. It can certainly scare you and set your heart to pounding.
Sometimes the sudden sound may not be as loud as an explosion, yet is still very disturbing. For example, a lady wrote,
Last night I was awakened by a very loud ”pop” in my left ear. Of course, there was nothing that actually went “pop” in the house. This has happened only a couple times in the past and always at night. Very disturbing.
If you are interested, you can learn more about the strange kinds of tinnitus some people experience in this book. You can get your own copy here.