Wednesday, 22 June 2016

More amplified hearing

Crows in a treeWhen an unlikely phenomenon happens just once you have to wonder if it could be a case of faulty memory or rare coincidence. So it was comforting for my acquaintance (MA) who gets MWRs to have a previously unique experience repeated several weeks later.

In the latest incident, MA was sitting at one end of a room while someone was eating a meal at the other. MA could hear the distant sound of crockery and utensils occasionally knocking together. Then, quite suddenly, the sound was much louder. MA was shocked, having not seen anyone approaching, with or without crockery!

It turned out that the person eating was still in the distance and the sound returned to its normal level as soon as MA came out of a MWR. So, clearly the louder sound was produced by the MWR. It parallels an earlier experience (described here). In that incident MA was suddenly able to hear every word of a conversation previously barely audible. So this appears to be another case of what I'm calling 'amplified hearing'.

Last time this happened I mentioned two possible explanations for the effect. One was that the MWR simply produced a fictitious version of the amplified noise, a mini-dream produced by MA's own brain. The second was that the MWR state might really amplify the actual sounds, perhaps by filtering out background noise. Unfortunately, the latest example does not resolve the issue. The cutlery sound might still have been real or fictitious. The latest incident does, however, suggest that the effect is a repeatable phenomenon, not just a one-off oddity.

Apart from appearing to be a paranormal phenomenon, despite having a natural explanation, the effect could have real life applications (assuming the second explanation above is true). If someone who gets MWRs needed to hear a faint sound, without any electronic equipment, maybe they could just go into a MWR. This brings up the question of whether it is possible to actually induce a MWR to order. It is not too difficult to create situations conducive to MWRs. Sitting quietly, reading is a good one, for instance. However, at present, the onset of any individual MWR appears unpredictable, to MA at least. And sometimes in such situations MA goes into an ordinary snooze instead, which is no use whatsoever.



  2. Fictitious was only one possibility. I also said it could be real. The problem is that it is hard to check.

  3. I experience this quite often. In my case it would appear to be the result of pressure equalisation of the inner ear. My ears do not 'pop' as when ascending or descending rapidly, but the sensation is reminiscent. I think what happens is that the pressure imbalance causes the volume of perceved sound to become diminished over time, only to return to full volume very suddenly as the pressure equalises. I do not know this to be fact, but that is my explanation for my experience.

    1. I'm not sure if it's the same thing ChrisP. MA says the sound returns to a lower level after the brief MWR has finished. It is an idea worth exploring though.