Ear Worms...

Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

Ear Worms...

     E-e-e-ww! Gross! You may know them by another name but everyone gets ear worms. You know, those annoying songs that get bored in your head and cycle on and on and on... Ear worms can drive you batty if you let them. Advertisements are notorious at creating ear worms. A snappy, incomplete, tune, ingeniously created to make their product stay on or in your mind. Why am I writing this? Because I have one. "Ole Blue Eyes" himself droning on and on in the chasms of my mind. Ug!!!  

     Okay, now to get rid of these blasted ear worms. The mind likes completeness. You are listening to a song, get out of your car and its trapped with no way to get out. Sometimes ear worms don't show up until a day later. But they will show up. The remedy? Just play that song or another song all the way through to completion. Simple now isn't it? Now to find my Led Zeppelin album so I can blow "Ole Blue Eyes" out of the water...

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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Oh-h-h-h Renee, I want the mp3 of that one. I dig Cream...

Jul 20, 2010 01:11 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Michael- never heard them called ear worms but my husband gets them all of the time and he walks around singing the first few lines out loud.  Then next thing you know, I'm humming the first few lines too.  I usually just give him a soft slap on the back of the head and tell him to turn the record over. 

Jul 20, 2010 01:17 AM
Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth - Irving, TX

Reminded me of the Star Trek episode where that bug crawled into what his names ear.oh yea Chekhov...thanks for the reminder...

Jul 20, 2010 01:28 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Michael, I'm with Pat, that is the first thing I thought off was Star Trek.. considering the photo you were using a few weeks ago.

Hey, ole Blue Eyes ear worms are better than Barney ear worms.... which by the way I have changed the words to, but can't write them here.

Jul 20, 2010 01:38 AM
Mike Saunders
Retired - Athens, GA

Michael - I recommend Inna Gadda da Vida, especially the drum solo. If that doesn't work, a bit of Blue Rondo ala Turk or some other progressive jazz. Guarenteed to drive out the worms.

Jul 20, 2010 01:43 AM
Sally Dunbar
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale

Glad you didn't choose a photo to illustrate this with....

Jul 20, 2010 01:47 AM
Kathryn Acciari
Arc Home LLC - Shrewsbury, MA
Mortgage Loan Originator

Michael, I've never heard this term but have certainly suffered from the symptoms.  Right now, I have Madonna's "Vogue" running through my head.  Led Zeppelin?  Great idea!

Jul 20, 2010 02:11 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I have never thought of that remedy. But the logic makes perfect sense.

Jul 20, 2010 02:11 AM
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

The though of worms in my ear is a not one I like to think about. However, If you are stuck with one, make sure it's one you like.

Jul 20, 2010 02:22 AM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Ok, so you got me with that title, but yuk!  Once in a while those will keep me up at night.  I read how to get rid of them.  Eat cinnamon.  Huh?  Can't figure out why that would work.

Jul 20, 2010 03:02 AM
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Thank you Thank you Thank you Doctor Michael! Ear worms are awful! We have a snappy old tune from a bakery here, buns buns buns master, buns, buns, buns master, has everything your after.. It's a bakery Michael!!

Jul 20, 2010 03:05 AM
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I have Livin on a Prayer in my head...been there for two days.  And, even the Bon Jovi on my phone doesn't make it go away. 

I'll try your technique, it better darn work! 

Jul 20, 2010 03:16 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Michael that some times happens to me but it is almost never a "good" song and I don't know if I could handle hearing the whole thing through to the end :)

Jul 20, 2010 03:40 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Michael, I wrote a post last week about the 50th anniversary of The Twist by Chubby Checker, and I am stuck with that "ear worm".  But it is a good one.

Here is some Led Zeppelin (open link). 


Jul 20, 2010 03:42 AM
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Michael...catchyheading for irritating tunes..how about listening to Zig Ziglar's goal setting, great CD to get stuck in your head and mind :O))

Jul 20, 2010 03:42 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I hate it when they put ear worms as background music in commercials!
Have a great Tuesday Michael!

Jul 20, 2010 04:37 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Yeah, and the ear worms are usually really dumb, trite songs. My remedy: sign them to my husband and transfer them!! (it's not one-sided--he does the same to me.)

Jul 20, 2010 07:50 AM
Lori Cofer
Beasley Realty - Moscow, ID
REALTOR, Moscow Idaho Real Estate

it reminded me of the same scene in Star Trek too ... The Wrath of Khan.  lol


Lori Cofer

Jul 20, 2010 10:49 AM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

What had you wound up there Michael? Strangers In the Night, perhaps.

Jul 20, 2010 04:51 PM
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

The worst ear worms are Barry Manilow tunes when you're trapped on an elevator.

Jul 23, 2010 06:39 PM