One of the most common things that I've found among friends and family is the difficulty they have comprehending what it's like to hear voices. The short answer, like hearing you talking to me only I can't see you We laugh, cry, argue, insult each other ... all inside But every now and then the two worlds blur and I find myself speaking out loud what was meant for the discussion inside. Or someone catches me smiling or snickering at a joke I just told or was told inside. It must induce paranoia in the friends, and family when I do this, so I try to keep it inside. But its not all fun and games. I've rather we've worked really hard at getting to where we are today. Friends still think its 7 years ago and everything is traumatising. But it might be the smiling and giggling under my breath they might feel is disturbing ... oops. Little do they realise how difficult it is to keep all inside! Even trying to give them all a measured dose of it lasts seconds not minutes or hours. Voices are a little like people who befriended you and you've been trying to escape ever since ... they are there 24 hrs a day. Just think of a scenario where you have your phone on conference call all day, and you have your headset on talking or rather mostly hearing them talk at you all day. Yes, tiring!
According to some researchers, people who are musical, or who may notice the changes to the fine print of life, show a higher occurrence of hearing voices. So ones like Beethoven who was deaf is said to have heard voices; Actors with meticulously fine work such as Sir Anthony Hopkins; the lead singer in the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, all have this unique ability to notice things, and it's maybe this fine tuned listening ability that is part of the process of hearing voices. People like us are more likely to notice the slightest change in a person's tone of voice, the nuance between hearing "I'm feeling fine" and "I'm not feeling fine, but I'm trying to sound like I am fine".
We might also be very socially awkward or viewed as loners. We actually love company but the sensory overload of hearing voices and trying to converse with "real" people at the same time can be difficult to navigate. Voices will tell you how they feel about everything you do, and everyone you know. They will sound like friends, family, strangers, alien, robots or combinations of all these at times. Now that we're moving into a world where commercial technology is entering the realm of "thought controlled" toys, games, and devices that have Artificial Intelligence technology built in, it's not a stretch of imagine now to see the time when we are just communicating via "thought transfer" once considered "magic" but now within the "normal" range of the human experience.
Google Glass add-ons that let you take photos just by staring at the object lol, depending on the appropriateness Eye and head tracking, facial recognition, human-size robots that can fight like a ninja, but not quite run like one ... yet; Life-like fem-bots for the "you-know-what" industry but having millitary and general commercial and residential industry applications too ala "Bicentenial Man". Heck, Sophia the AI robot is now an official citizen of Syria lol! And the officials are taking advice from her! ...
I tell friend, voices are the least of everyone's troubles!