In Schizophrenia Bulletin, an Australian and a French researcher argue that the Hearing Voices Movement and similar groups are often misleading the public and researchers with their focus on voice hallucinations to the exclusion of the broader category of “auditory hallucinations” — the latter of which can often be simply noises. “Voices are a preferred term [by the Hearing Voices Movement], as it makes a connection to a meaningful human experience rather than ‘an arbitrary content induced by disease,'” states the article.
(Full text) Auditory Hallucinations: Debunking the Myth of Language Supremacy (Waters, Flavie and Jardri, Renaud. Schizophrophrenia Bulletin. First published online November 27, 2014. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbu166)