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
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!