Have you ever had a tune stuck in your head that just won't go away? A song that repeats and repeats and the more you try to ignore it, the more obvious it gets. According to an online survey, about 98% of people would answer yes to this phenomenon know as an 'earworm". Some psychologists and even the notable neurologist, Oliver Sachs, have researched earworms. Studies show that people with obsessive compulsive tendencies are more apt to suffer from earworms. Another researcher found those with a musical background may be more prone as well. The songs of choice usually have a repetitive pattern and are easily reproduced. The average length of an 'earworm incident' according to an English psychologist is 27 minutes. So the next time it happens to you, keep in mind the earworm should leave relatively soon!
Speaking of things suck in your ears, do not fear if someone warns you of the dreaded earwig! Yes, there is an insect called an earwig and I'll admit it looks it a bit creepy, but these guys are not known for taking up house in the human ear canal, or the brain for that matter. Phew! This is a bit of folklore handed down throughout the years, perhaps originated by a sibling trying to scare his younger brother! They do like to hang out in dark places, but usually not the ear.
Another common piece of folklore has to do with ringing in the ears (tinnitus). You enter a room and someone comments "Oh, your ears must have been ringing, we were just talking about you." I've never know how to take this, by the way. I suppose the fact that they are admitting they were talking about me implies it was good, right? Upon researching this myth on line I ran across an old book, "Folklore and the Occult Sciences" (fascinating reading), which stated if the ringing is in your left ear, someone is speaking ill of you. In the right ear, don't worry, it's all good. There were endless versions of the meaning of tinnitus based on which ear and how long the ringing lasts.
I'll end this post with a dose of reality. Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is not a laughing matter. The American Tinnitus Association (www.ata.org) states over 45 million people experience tinnitus at some point in their lives. Sometimes it is temporary, but in many cases it is permanent and a sign of an underlying issue, such as noise induced hearing loss. If you have ringing you are concerned with, please visit an audiologist or discuss it with a medical practitioner. Do not believe anything you come across having to do with an herbal supplement or quick cure. The one thing you CAN do to prevent tinnitus is PROTECT YOUR HEARING IN NOISE! One of the first signs of hearing loss is tinnitus: it's a red flag your body is sending to let you know you are damaging the delicate structures in the inner ear. In some cases hearing loss and tinnitus cannot be prevented, but when it comes to noise, it can. Keep up the good work with using your SensGard Ear Chambers anytime you are around noise! The ATA website in a great source for credible information, as well as our site: look under the Learn More tab.