Exploding Head Syndrome

Exploding Head Syndrome (EHS) is a rare illness that was discovered by a British doctor, in 1988. It is a benign condition in which a person experiences unreal noises that are loud and short, like a bomb exploding or a gunshot, when falling asleep or waking up.

The 10% of people who have the exploding head syndrome also suffers from visual disturbances, like static, lightnings or flashes. Some people may also experience heat, strange feelings in the torso, or a feeling of electrical tingling that ascends to the head before the auditory hallucinations.

The causes of the EHS are unknown, but a number of hypotheses have been published. There was a case that a 57 year old right handed Indian dude presented for evaluations of four separate episodes of awakening after hearing a flashing sound on the right side of his head. He described these events “as if they were explosions inside his head”.

Case reports of EHS have been available since at least 1876, which Siles Weir Mitchell described as «sensory discharges», in a patient. That is the Expoding Head Syndrome .

Written by Valentin Cabanay, Joaquín Dublo and Martín Cornor, Pre First Certificate.