Woman hearing 'Doggie in the Window' song due to unusual variety of Tinnitus

Feb 26, 2013 in Hearing Aids

Woman hearing 'Doggie in the Window' song due to unusual variety of Tinnitus

An unusual variety of tinnitus has left one women hearing the song How Much is that Doggie in the Window over and over again, it has been reported.

School cleaner Susan Root told The Sun that her condition was akin to listening to a radio which couldn’t be switched off.

Ms Root, 63, has heard songs such as Happy Birthday to You and God Save the Queen, too and uses whale music and bird song recordings as a way of blocking the unwanted music.

She told the news provider that she started hearing music some three years ago, saying it has been affecting her ever since.

Ms Root explained that things are especially bad for her during the night and that she has a very hard time falling asleep.

"It comes and goes but I can always hear music, especially How Much is that Doggie in the Window, faintly in the background," she said.

A hearing aid and what Ms Root referred to as "special therapy" have both failed to cure her condition, it seems.

The news provider also spoke to the British Tinnitus Association who explained that "musical hallucination" was the term used to refer to feeling you are hearing the sound of music even when there is none playing.

He said that loss of hearing was often behind this condition, and that hearings aids can be prescribed to treat the hearing loss. "Many people find [hearing aids make] their musical hallucination less intrusive," he advised.

The Association has reported that it will be holding an event about tinnitus next month (March 23rd) in Glasgow, Scotland. This day will feature talks about the condition and how it can be treated.

Past events of this nature have "proved to be a fantastic way to disseminate information and to answer people’s tinnitus related questions face to face," according to the Association's chief executive, David Stockdale.

"We are delighted to be bringing the event to Scotland in response to popular demand for something similar here," he said.