Ear Bug or Ear Worms?

Okay, I knew exactly what I was going to write about, a certain condition – for lack of a better description.  I had read about it sometime back, but could not exactly remember the name for it.  I was thinking ear bug.  My research for ‘Ear Bug’ brought back some scary results.  Let’s go over these before I write about the true reason for this post.  Medicaldaily.com has an article titled ‘7 Living Things Found Inside The Ear Canal That Will Make You Squirm’ and includes the following bugs that have been found in people’s ears –

  • Live Inch-Long Moth And A Tick
  • Fruit Fly Larvae
  • 57 Maggots
  • Inch Live Cricket
  • Inch-Long Cockroach
  • Bed Bug
  • Spider


Sorry, not the best way to start a post; let me get to the real reason for this post.  May not sound much better, but I wanted to write about ‘Ear Worms’.  What are ‘Ear Worms’, you ask?  Wikipedia.org has this definition –

An earworm, sometimes known as a brainworm, is a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind after it is no longer playing.  Phrases used to describe an earworm include musical imagery repetition, involuntary musical imagery, and stuck song syndrome.

Have you ever experienced this?  I have and let me tell you it sometimes feels I am going crazy, that music, that song will not leave my brain – it can stay with me for days and sometimes even weeks.  Telegraph.co.uk article ‘Can’t get a song out of your head? Psychologists explain why not’ has the following –

There are few things more frustrating than being unable to dislodge a catchy tune from your head all day.

But now psychologists have come up with an explanation for why certain songs can get stuck in your brain like a broken record.

Word memory association, situations of stress, a wandering mind and altered emotional states can all be blamed for the phenomenon, psychologist Dr Lauren Stewart said.

Some tracks also have characteristics that make them more likely to repeat themselves again and again in the mind, she said.

Long notes and “intervals that are very close together” make a song prone to replay itself mentally as it makes it easier to sing, according to the researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The article goes on to say –

However, certain types of personality are more susceptible than others to what are known as earworms – a tune or part of the tune that comes unbidden into the mind and goes on to repeat itself, outside of a person’s conscious control.

Dr Stewart told Radio 4’s Today programme: “It does seem to be very variable across the population and we think certain personality factors like the extent to which you’re obsessive compulsive might also play a part in how you experience these inner tunes.”

Annoying as earworms are, it is possible they might have a greater function than to drive us mad, she suggested.

I am unsure if there is a greater function to ‘Ear Worms’ besides to drive us mad.  There is one singer with songs that if I hear them, they WILL be stuck in my head for days and yes sometimes weeks.  Just writing this post right now at this moment, one of these songs is trying to come to mind – I must concentrate on this post and not that song – or I will end up going mad!

15 thoughts on “Ear Bug or Ear Worms?

  1. It’s ironic. Excuse the pun but I had not even “heard” of a word describing not being able to get a song out of one’s head until the last couple of weeks or so. I don’t know how I “missed” this one. I definitely suffer from this…so I quickly strive to move on to a new song so at least there’s variety!

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    • I am glad you understand this – if I am in public and I hear one of these songs on a speaker, I have to put my fingers in my ears and start singing a totally different song. This is one reason I wear earplugs and listen to my 70s music at the gym – in fear of hearing an ‘Ear Worm’ song. Thanks for commenting and I hope your day is good.

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  2. Earworms (musical kind , I don’t even want to think or imagine the other) aholics unite 😉
    I get them all the time , but luckily for me ( or maybe a not so good measure of my “craziness” ) they are constantly being replaced by some other one , which can get really tiring and annoying for people who have to listen to me humming to them all the time . They kind of dissipate faster if you don’t fight them , and instead indulge in them 😉
    But I want to know : who is your “ear-wormer” ?
    Turtle Hugs 🙂

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  3. I get them all the time. Especially in the middle of the night. I’m lying there trying to get back to sleep after a foray to the potty, and some inane more often than not bit of a song will start playing over and over and over…it’s highly annoying. I’ve taken to memorizing other bits of ear wormery to drive the first ones out…it’s not that effective, but it is interesting.

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    • When it hits me, I will start humming another song – usually ‘Amazing Grace’, just because I love that song and hummed it to my sons when they were very young. So it also brings back some wonderful memories. I always appreciate your comments! 🙂


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