Definitions

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  • n. The unusually loud hearing of a person's own voice, breathing or other self-generated sounds.
  • n. An auscultatory process which consists of noting the tone of the observer's own voice, while he speaks, holding his head close to the patient's chest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An auscultatory process, which consists in noting the tone of the observer's own voice, while he speaks, holding his head close to the patient's chest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In auscultation, the character of the sound of the auscultator's own voice when his head is placed against the chest of the patient. When there is a large cavity this sound may be rendered of greater intensity than is normal.

Etymologies

auto- + Ancient Greek a sound. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The dad of two was experiencing autophony, one of the symptoms of superior canal dehiscence syndrome, an illness that was unknown until 10 years ago.

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  • n. - the socializer who does not like to be alone autophony

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  • Also see bone-conduction.

    August 3, 2011

  • Cf. bruit.

    August 2, 2011

  • "Doctors were baffled when Stephen Mabbutt told them: 'I can hear my eyeballs moving.'
    But they finally diagnosed a rare ear condition in which sounds inside the body are heard very loudly. Stephen, 57, could also hear his heart beating - and when he chewed food the noise was deafening to him.
    The dad of two was experiencing autophony - one of the symptoms of superior canal dehiscence syndrome. The bizarre illness was unknown until ten years ago."
    - Emma Little, I can hear my own eyeballs , thesun.co.uk, 2 Aug 2011.

    August 2, 2011