1

Not sure if this is on topic for this site but I'll give it a go.

I have been a 'musician' for around 16 years. I started with guitar playing, went onto college and got a degree in composition, all the while practising my guitar playing and composing digitally for several hours a day. So you could say, I'm a lover of music. Additionally, I truly love (not just like) many styles. I love contemporary classical, gypsy jazz, EDM, metal-core, Spanish & Greek traditional and a few other styles.

Anyway, recently (the last year or so) I have a big problem. Whenever I listen to a song or album I really enjoy, the songs get stuck in my head (earworm) for several days or even weeks at a time. I know this doesn't sounds like a big deal, but it is literally 24/7, I wake in the night with the song in my head and it gives my migraines and affects my everyday life.

This happens with most styles, and now I have simply subjected myself to a music fast, this seems to be the only way to alleviate it.

But this is no fun, it means I can never discover and love new music again, for fear it will plague me for weeks on end.

Is there anything I can do to continue listening to music without this side-effect?

If it helps or is relevant, I suffer with misophonia.

  • 5
    Sadly I don't think this is on topic, but I would go and see a doctor about this. There may be cures or mitigating solutions. – Doktor Mayhem Oct 31 '18 at 11:05
  • 3
    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a neurological problem and unrelated to music – Carl Witthoft Oct 31 '18 at 13:08
  • 1
    @SteveM - partially agree, except that maybe only musicians suffer from this. If it's anyone, close. – Tim Oct 31 '18 at 18:29
  • 2
    I'll just add that Oliver Sacks, neurologist and music lover, wrote extensively about this problem, for instance in Musicophilia. It's not limited to musicians, and it is a neurological problem, which can sometimes be treated and sometimes just goes away- or not. Check out the literature, starting with Sacks. Good luck. – Scott Wallace Nov 1 '18 at 18:33
  • 1
    @ScottWallace Thanks so much for the recommended reading. Will check it out. – Cloud Nov 6 '18 at 7:53
1

Have you considered therapeutic noise treatments, like the White Noise app? That can be a good way to cleanse one’s pallette.

|improve this answer|||||

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.