> The bizarre phenomenon of being able to hear the sound of the eyeballs moving in their sockets (e.g. when reading in a quiet room) "like sandpaper on wood" is one of the more distinctive features of this condition and is almost exclusively associated with SCDS.
You might be able to experience it yourself. Just move your eyes all the way (ALL the way) to the right or left and hold them there for a second, you might hear/feel a high-pitched sensation almost like a slight tickle right where your eardrum is.
I wonder what other sensory anomalies we experience without realising ?
Also, eye saccades are a great example of this. If you look at your own eyes in the mirror and switch between looking at your left and right eyes, you don't see your eyes move. If you watch someone else do this, you do.
Sometimes when it's quiet and I'm laying down. I can feel vibrations, for many years I attributed them to subtle deep earthquakes or even perhaps the house or something shifting. But after having felt a similar vibration in many states. Many floors up or on outside ground. It's all quite similar. Although I've never had any formal meditation training, I have read and practiced it a lot before. I wonder if I'm feeling reality vibrating or perhaps at least in the sense the monks meant.
"Historical evidence in-vivo suggests that a primary function of the EVS is to tune vestibular sensation to the interest and needs of the organism, for example by decreasing the sensitivity during large self-generated movements [30, 31], and adjusting the background discharge characteristics of afferents ."
I'll start washing "downstairs" and experience a something analogous to clouds parting, but for smell. It's not the smell of the soap per-se, it's a sudden removal of some kind of dullness or dampening.
Always meant to ask about this, but was inhibited. Now you know.
Don’t try this if you haven’t!!
I am moving my eyeballs around and imagining I can also feel my ears move, but that might just be the muscles around my ears in my head, or I'm completely imagining the effect.
I think that when people talk about the "doors of perception" being opened by psychedelic drugs, often leading to experiences of synesthesia (seeing sound, etc), that it's this kind of sensory data that's made available to the brain once again, or that the brain is made unable to ignore it.
Fun fact: some people have conscious control of this muscle and can voluntarily "screw up their ears" (at least that's what it feels like, it also makes a roaring/rushing sound) to dampen sounds.
There's more tricks too, I'm able to close my nose by a muscle somewhere in the back of my throat. I've asked my friends if they could, but they al say they can't. Anyone else have that?