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Man Hears Voices Before he Sees Mouths Move Due to Unknown Condition

A man suffers from an unknown condition which causes his whole life to be out of sync, as he hears peoples' words before he sees their mouths move.

At first, he thought something was wrong with his daughter's television.

"I told my daughter her living room TV was out of sync. Then I noticed the kitchen telly was also dubbed badly. Suddenly, I noticed that her voice was out of sync too. It wasn't the TV, it was me," he said.

"I turned to my daughter and said, 'you ought to get a decent telly, one where the sound and program are synchronized.' I gave a little chuckle. But they said 'there's nothing wrong with the TV.'"

The man, who is only known as PH, is the first known case of this kind of condition.

Doctors are unsure of why he has the condition or what caused it, but they do know that he has lesions on his brain related to areas of hearing, timing, and movement.

"Where these came from is anyone's guess. They may have been there all my life or as a result of being in intensive care," he said. He was in the ICU for acute pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac around the heart.

His condition also got somewhat worse after he first experienced the symptoms. He found out that he was hearing his own words sooner than he felt his mouth move.

"It felt like a significant delay, it sort of snuck up on me. It was very disconcerting. At the time I didn't know whether the delay was going to get bigger, but it seems to have stuck at about a quarter of a second."

Researchers believe his condition could help teach them about the workings of the brain, specifically that certain parts of our brain perceive events at different times. 

Current research indicates that because light, sound and other senses move at different speeds, our rains quickly store that data and sync it to our other senses.

While PH says he learned to deal with his condition, researchers say they could potentially fix it with surgery. He said he is also willing to undergo trial treatments. 

Sources: Inquisitr, Top News Today


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