Hearing management

12 December 2018

Earworm warning: You probably won't be able to avoid these 10 songs this festive season

It's the time of year where everyone is joyful and merry, humming or singing along to Christmas songs while doing their shopping. Before you know it, they're playing on repeat in your head...

Still humming Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You? It's one of the many popular tunes that might be buzzing in your ear this festive season, long after you've left the shopping centre. 

No, it's not your imagination. Having a song "stuck" in your head is actually a thing; it's called an "earworm".

According to School of Psychology and Clinical Language Science, in the United Kingdom, earworms are the experience of unwanted catchy tunes on repeat mode. Another study says, 90% of people get a song stuck in their head at least once a week, typically when the brain is relatively unoccupied, such as while walking or doing chores.

If you find yourself with an earworm, according to a previous Health24 article, try listening to a different song to help you to stop thinking about the tune ringing in your ear. 

Health24 put together popular Christmas tunes that are likely to give you earworms — from Boney M to Mariah Carey.

Among the classics, Boney M's "Little Drummer Boy" is one of the favourites that will have the whole family singing along while you do your Christmas shopping - or running for cover!

Here are some of the most popular earworms that will you probably won't be able to avoid this festive season: 


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Dr Kara Hoffman graduated from UCT in 2004, thereafter she completed her year of community service in Durban. In 2010 she completed her Masters Degree in Paediatric Aural Rehabilitation from UKZN. In 2016, she became a Doctor of Audiology through the University of Arizona (ATSU). Dr Hoffman and her partner Lauren Thompson opened a fully diagnostic audiology practice called Thompson & Hoffman Audiology Inc. In 2011 with world-class technology and equipment to be able to offer the broad public all hearing-related services including hearing testing for adults and babies, vestibular (balance) assessments and rehabilitation, industrial audiology, hearing devices, central auditory processing assessments for school-aged children, school screening, neonatal hearing screening programmes at Alberlito and Parklands Hospital, cochlear implants and other implantable devices, medicolegal assessments and advanced electroacoustic assessments of hearing. Thompson and Hoffman Audiology Inc. are based at Alberlito Hospital in Ballito, St Augustines Hospital in Durban and at 345 Essenwood Road, Musgrave. The practices are all wheelchair friendly. There are three audiologists that practice from Thompson & Hoffman – including Dr Kara Hoffman, Lauren Thompson & Minette Lister. The practice boasts professional, highly qualified, and extensive diagnostic services where all your hearing healthcare needs can be met. The additional licensing in vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, paediatric rehabilitation and cochlear implantation places this practice in one of the top specialist audiological positions in South Africa, with a wealth of experience in all clinical areas of audiology and is a very well respected and sought-after practice.

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