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Pensioner plagued by Christmas carols

By T.K. Randall
December 19, 2012 · Comment icon 23 comments

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Cath Gamester has suffered for two years from a condition that repeats festive songs in her head.
The 84-year-old suffers from a condition known as 'musical ear syndrome' and as a result she has had to endure having songs such as 'Silent Night' repeat over and over in her head non-stop for two years. The problem began after she started taking anti-depressants following the death of her sister. There is currently no known cure.

"When I woke up in the morning I heard music and it was God save the Queen," she said of the first time she heard the music. "I thought it was next door because it was going on and on. I went out the back door, I went out the front door, I went out to see if there was any music being played everywhere, I was thinking where is it coming from ?"

The problem is particularly problematic at this time of year due to the number of Christmas songs being played.[!gad]The 84-year-old suffers from a condition known as 'musical ear syndrome' and as a result she has had to endure having songs such as 'Silent Night' repeat over and over in her head non-stop for two years. The problem began after she started taking anti-depressants following the death of her sister. There is currently no known cure.

"When I woke up in the morning I heard music and it was God save the Queen," she said of the first time she heard the music. "I thought it was next door because it was going on and on. I went out the back door, I went out the front door, I went out to see if there was any music being played everywhere, I was thinking where is it coming from ?"

The problem is particularly problematic at this time of year due to the number of Christmas songs being played.
A tormented pensioner has described how her rare brain condition of 'musical ear syndrome' has caused the festive song Silent Night to play repeatedly in her head for two YEARS.


Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (23)




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Comment icon #14 Posted by UFO_Monster 11 years ago
I can't blame anybody for turning into a Scrooge if they have this condition.
Comment icon #15 Posted by seeder 11 years ago
OMG ,just reading the topic title has me singing silent night in my head. hehe....just DO NOT think of a kanagaroo........ so... are you not thinking of a kangaroo?
Comment icon #16 Posted by OverSword 11 years ago
I heard about this syndrome on NPR a couple of years ago and the doctor that was describing it said that 80% of the people that have this auditory hallucination hear the song 'yes we have no bannans' over and over and over and over.....can you imagine?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Simbi Laveau 11 years ago
DRUGS ,BAD !
Comment icon #18 Posted by Paracelse 11 years ago
DRUGS ,BAD ! Is it???
Comment icon #19 Posted by seeder 11 years ago
DRUGS ,BAD ! does that include penicilin?
Comment icon #20 Posted by JGirl 11 years ago
Luckily she doesn't have to pay for copyrights. -ba-dum-tsh- you should take it on the road! seriously you make me laugh thank you! I heard about this syndrome on NPR a couple of years ago and the doctor that was describing it said that 80% of the people that have this auditory hallucination hear the song 'yes we have no bannans' over and over and over and over.....can you imagine? better that than YMCA
Comment icon #21 Posted by ad hoc 11 years ago
does that include penicilin? Sometimes. But I assume they were talking about mind altering stuff.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Esoteric Toad 11 years ago
Many years ago I worked in a mall at a software store that was directly across from a toy store. The toy store would put all the squeaking, clanging, beeping and chirping toys in the front of their store to attract the little kids. Between that and the piped in Christmas music that would start by mid November followed by they hired over enthusiastic carolers they would hire (who seemed to be stuck on the same song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, I was ready to go postal by the real Christmas song. The worst two for me, Santa Baby an Felis Navida (I am almost certain I misspelled that, sorry).
Comment icon #23 Posted by vikachu 11 years ago
"I know a song that'll get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves, I know a song that'll get on your nerves, all day long" ^ that's a real song The poor woman in the OP ^ yeah, my boyfriends younger siblings used to torment me with that one


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