02 January 2013 / by Radmila Gurkova
Music to my ears...
'Happy Birthday' is one of several numbers Cath Gamester, 84, hears on a constant loop throughout the day. The grandmother from Liverpool has musical ear syndrome, where the sufferer has auditory hallucinations...Since it started in 2010, she said she had heard songs including God Save The Queen, Abide with me, You'll Never Walk Alone and Silent Night. She said: ''It just goes on and on and on, one song after another. It's a tenor, a man's voice and it's a nice voice, very strong, loud and there's like a background of music.''
The rare condition affects about one in 10,000 people over 65 in the UK. In the majority of cases encountered, people hear hymns and Christmas carols.
Mrs Gamester believes the songs were triggered by a course of anti-depressants she was prescribed after the death of her sister.
''I went to bed and when I woke up I heard music. I thought to myself it must be next door - he must be playing a record because it was going on and on.”''
-What do you think about this article?
-Do you think this is a serious illness?
-Do you think that this was TRIGGERED by a personal trauma?
-What would you suggest to cure this?
-Do you like Christmas CAROLS? Could you listen to them all day?