It's one thing to have a song stuck in your head for a few hours or even a day or two, but most of humanity surely has no idea what Susan Root is dealing with.
The Telegraph reports that the 63-year-old British woman has had the 1950's classic "How Much is that Doggie in the Window?" stuck in her head for three years, with no end in sight.
Root has been diagnosed with a form of tinnitus that a spokesman for the British Tinnitus Association called "musical hallucinations," more commonly referred to as earworms.
"It's like having a radio that you just can't turn off," Root said. "I began hearing tunes in my ears three years ago and it just has not stopped since."
The Sun reports that Root has also been "tortured" by tracks like "God Save the Queen", "Happy Birthday" and "Auld Lang Syne."
Root said doctors have tried various methods of curing her disorder, but nothing has helped.
“I’ve come to accept that I’m probably going to be stuck with this hellish condition for the rest of my life,” Root said.
The more common form of tinnitus is defined by the Mayo Clinic's website as "noise or ringing in the ears." The problem affects one-in-five people, according to the site.
"Tinnitus isn't a condition itself — it's a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder," the site reports.
Music psychologist Dr Vicky Williamson told the BBC last March that there's a surprising large diversity of songs that get stuck in people's heads.
"When I had 1,000 earworm songs in my database, there were only about half a dozen or so that had been named more than once - that's how heterogeneous the response was," Williamson said. "It's a very individual phenomenon."
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