February 22, 2013 9:53
Rare form of tinnitus leaves woman hearing '(How Much Is That) Doggie...?' permanently
Essex pensioner Susan Root has musical hallucination condition
Susan Root has an affliction known as musical hallucination which causes her to hear the novelty song, originally a hit for Lita Roza (pictured above) in 1953, on an endless loop night and day. Speaking to The Sun about her problem, Root said: "It’s like having a radio that you just can’t turn off. I began hearing tunes in my ears three years ago and it just has not stopped since."
The pensioner, who lives in Essex, stated that sometimes the song is in her head so loudly that she cannot hear her husband Graham speaking. "It’s especially bad at night time and I have terrible trouble getting to sleep - it drives me to breaking point at times."
Doctors have been unable to help Root with her problem and she has, instead, battled the condition by playing CDs featuring bird and whale song to drown the music out. "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."
My mum told me that when I was young I used to love the song 'How Much is that Doggie in the Window'. I used to sing it around the house all the time but now I can’t stand it.
As well as '(How Much Is That) Doggie...?' Root also heard other songs such as 'God Save the Queen', 'Happy Birthday' and 'Auld Lang Syne'.
Earlier this year Noel Gallagher revealed he too suffers from tinnitus following years stood in front of amplifiers.
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