Earworms are sounds, typically songs or melodies, that get stuck in a person's head and keep playing repeatedly, often without conscious effort. They can also be referred to as sticky music or catchy tunes, however earworms are not always music specific. These sounds can be a few notes or an entire song, or they can simply be voices, and they tend to play repeatedly in a person's mind, sometimes for hours or even days. Earworms can be triggered by several events, such as hearing a song on the radio, TV, or in public places, or they can just randomly pop into a person's head. They can also be triggered by stress, anxiety and our overall emotional state.
Earworms are not uncommon and for the most part not harmful. In fact, about 98% of people report experiencing them, and 2/3rd of people report neutral or positive feelings towards them. While some people find earworms enjoyable, others may find them annoying or distracting, especially when they interfere with daily activities or sleep.
However, not all earworms are benign. Sometimes they occur with psychological issues, migraine headaches, or other medical conditions. If your earworms are persistent and have a negative effect on your quality of life, you should consult with a healthcare professional to determine if your earworm is serious or not and what can be done to alleviate it. Often, the ways to manage earworms is very similar to managing tinnitus.
MindEar offers a range of scientifically-backed solutions that can help you manage your tinnitus symptoms effectively, including earworms. From sound therapy to cognitive behavioral therapy or mindfulness techniques, our platform aims to provide you with the tools to take control of your condition so that you can live a life without noticing it. MindEar is here to guide you on that journey.