Talk about not getting a song out of your head. An 84-year-old woman has been suffering from a rare ear syndrome since 2010 that lets her hear half a dozen songs on a loop. When Cath Gamester woke up one day to the British national anthem “God Save the Queen” she thought one of her nighbours was playing the anthem a bit too loud. But when she started to hear the same songs being played over and over again she realized something wrong was going on in her brain.
As The Daily Mail reports, the tunes Ms Gamester started to hear sounded extremely real but were actually being produced by her brain. She got in touch with a local doctor who diagnosed her with auditory hallucinations.
The rare condition has developed a playlist in the old woman’s brain which. In addition to God Save the Queen, the old woman listens all day long to Silent Night, Abide with Me, You’ll Never Walk Alone and Land of Hope and Glory. But the song she hates the most is ‘Happy Birthday’. “The song Happy Birthday – every few minutes I’m wishing someone happy birthday – I hate that one!,” said Ms. Gamester. Luckily, she says, the voice singing the songs is a very strong and loud man’s voice. The old-age-pensioner “developed the condition after taking anti-depressant to deal with the death of her sister.”
The rare condition hits mostly over 65s and affects, on average, one in 10,000 people.