While many people are familiar with the signs of tinnitus, a similar phenomenon called “musical ear syndrome” is less well known. While tinnitus is the experience of hearing phantom sounds such as buzzing, clicking or tones, musical ear syndrome involves the sensation of hearing music that isn’t being played. Although exact numbers are unclear, some studies have shown that 5% of the population has experienced musical ear syndrome. For people who manage profound hearing loss with cochlear implants, chances of experiencing musical ear syndrome are more than one in five. If musical ear syndrome is so common, why isn’t it more discussed? For some people, hearing phantom music is embarrassing and seen as a potentially psychiatric issue. This is why many people think the occurrence of musical ear syndrome is under-reported by patients. While musical hallucinations can be a symptom of some mental health conditions, musical ear syndrome is not a psychiatric condition, rather, it is an issue with the auditory system. In the medical profession, musical ear syndrome is also known as musical hallucination or auditory hallucination.