Chromesthesia—A Psychedelic Hearing Condition

By Tina Shyver-Plank


 Hearing colors is a thing! I bet you didn’t know that some people experience what’s called Chromesthesia. According to the webpageAudicus, “A case study revealed that a person with chromesthesia will have a ‘visual color experience as well as an auditory sensation’ when they hear a certain tone. In other words, the person will see sound as color.”1

According to Wikipedia, “Chromesthesia or sound-to-color synesthesia is atype of synesthesia in which sound involuntarily evokes an experience of color, shape, and movement. Individuals with sound-color synesthesia are consciously aware of their synesthetic color associations/perceptions in daily life.”2 However, Chromesthesia is relatively rare, occurring in only about 1 in 3,000 individuals.”3  

Chromesthesia would probably be a wild psychedelic experience, at first. It might seem exciting, but it might also be annoying when in overdrive or all the time. Still, it would be a novel to hear colors. Talking with someone with such a condition would be interesting to say the least.


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1. Audicus. “Hearing Colors and Seeing Sound.” October 8, 2014.

2.Wikipedia. 2021. “Chromesthesia.” Last modified June 22, 2021.

3. Palmer, Stephen E. “What Color Is This Song?” Nautilus. July 16, 2015.