Rare Form Of Tinnitus Makes Woman Hear 'How Much Is That Doggie' Forever

Susan Root can't hear her husband talking over the old song stuck in her head, and there's no known cure.

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A woman suffering from a rare form of tinnitus has been stuck with the song "How Much Is That Doggy In The Window" for the last three years - and there's no sign it will ever stop.

The condition called "musical hallucination" leaves a person with the same song stuck in their head on a loop all day. "It's like having a radio that you just can't turn off," says Susan Root, a pensioner from England.

Susan says the song in her head is sometimes so loud that she can't hear her husband speaking.

"I began hearing tunes in my ears three years ago and it just has not stopped since. It's especially bad at night time and I have terrible trouble getting to sleep - it drives me to breaking-point at times."

The Sun reports that doctors have been unable to help cure her problem, though she has found ambient CDs of whale and bird songs helpful.

She added: "They have given me a hearing aid which they had hoped would fix my hearing problems and therefore stop the music but it just hasn't worked. I had special therapy too but they've now told me there is nothing more they can do. I've come to accept that I'm probably going to be stuck with this hellish condition for the rest of my life."

Have you ever been stuck with a song in your head? What cure do you suggest for musical ear worms? Let us know in the comments.

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    Why doesn't someone just tell her how much the damn dog is?
    If I had to have a song stuck in my head, it would either be some classical orchestra music, or Morgan Freeman talking on a loop.
    If you could choose the song... If I could, I'd choose a concept album as it's usually designed as one long song. When I can't get a song out of my head I listen to the song and then listen to the polar opposite.
    Being hot. On a more relevant note, I just can't believe this is a real condition. It's just too weird.
    I heard about this once, but over the years i began to think that it was some kind of joke or me miremembering the news, because no one beleved the story when i told it. But it actually can happen, thats so weird and i can imagine it would be a living nightmare.
    She should listen to Call Me Maybe. But then, of course, she will just be stuck with Call Me Maybe in hear head for the rest of her life.
    once did way too much nosepowder in one night with some friends listening to rammstein before going out... was stuck with "mutter" on a loop for about 30 hours. like if I was actually listening to it on an mp3 player. don't do drugs people. they screw with your brain sometimes....
    It's stoya, so she's probably working in that picture
    For some reason it looks a little like Lzzy Hale. Will now be looking up Stoya more often. lol
    Reminds me of that episode in Scrubs, where the patient hears JD and everyone sing. On the serious side, this totally sucks.
    I had this during my last trip to Disneyland..."it's a small world after all, it's a small world after all, it's a small small world..." oh God, it's back, someone shoot me!
    Could be worse. Could be Gangnam Style. That shit makes me want to kill myself after hearing it twice...
    She must have done something horrible in a past life, or maybe even her current life. Karma is a bitch.
    What? Not sure if serious or stupid. I have tinnitus (not like that, just the more common phantom noises such as ringing/buzzing) and if you were to try and tell me I had it because I'd done something bad in any 'life', I'd probably punch you in the face.
    Hmm. I heard of tinnitus treatment were one plays tones in the proximity of the tinnitus while applying a neuronal stimulating current (should be around 80mA) to the 10th cranial nerve (vagus nerve) lessens the tinnitus or even remedies it. Seems the cortex can be forced to re-arrange certain areas. Now the aural lobe seems to be wired were it shouldn't be, so probably severing the hearing nerves won't help. Seperating the aural part from the rest, then... probably makes you hear Ramones' "Teenage Lobotomy" forever. Tough one. I'd prefer "Aces High", that at least is fun to sing along...
    I'll bet you could cure this with LSD and therapy designed around using the LSD to journey through her mind and control the hallucination.
    Tinnitus is supposed to be a disease that makes you hear noises when there's no noise, so she shouldn't be unable to hear her husband speak. It's also pretty iinteresting that the only things that help her are basically cd's of background noise. Couldn't she just sit outside and listen to birds? What about the low din of electronics or passing cars?
    I have tinnitus pretty bad, and most of the time its so loud that i cant hear people speaking or the TV. Only mine sounds like an alarm is going off and we need to evacuate the building
    [To Gridlock749] 1) Tinnitus isn't a disease. 2) It is a phantom noise, therefore it has no 'volume' - the level is relative to the real noise the ear hears. If someone also has hearing loss, there is less to mask the noise, therefore the brain perceives the tinnitus to be louder. 3) The CD's don't stop the noise - she, like many tinnitus sufferers, uses them to mask the tinnitus at night when she's asleep and can't just blast something that will mask it through sheer volume, or wear her hearing aid (because stuff in your ears at night is dangerous if you roll over in your sleep etc.) [To MattKempton] That must be terrible, especially if it is something you developed so didn't grow up used to it. I have tinnitus but it's pretty low level because my hearing is good/better than average, so I still hear well enough to mask the ringing in most environments. I've also got better at accepting it over time, so the ear listens out for it less, though if you already hear it pretty loud that must be much harder :/
    i would attempt some sort of hypnosis to try to trick my brain to stop playing the song. or just listen to nile and have that song blasted from my brain.