An 87-year-old British pensioner has developed Musica ear syndrome. He hears an auditory hallucination of England’s national anthem playing in his head around 1700 times every week. Ron of Bilton hopes to meet Queen Elizabeth when she visits his town next month to tell her that he has heard the anthem even more frequently than she has.
This syndrome affects those suffering from hearing loss, causing them to develop non psychiatric auditory hallucinations. The cause and treatment are currently unknown. But researchers believe it occurs when there is a lack of auditory stimulation. Sensory deprivation causes the brain to begin manufacturing sound, hence why it is common among people suffering hearing loss. But it is still under reported. This syndrome is believed to affect approximately one in 10,000 people aged over 65 in the UK.