A British pensioner, 87-year-old Ron Goldspink, is suffering from an uncommon condition that makes him hear the England’s national anthem playing on a loop in his head about 1700 times every week.
According to odditycentral.com, Goldspink 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.
Reports suggest that the pensioner is battling a rare condition referred to as Musical Ear Syndrome (MES) which mainly affects those suffering from hearing loss. The condition causes patients to develop non-psychiatric auditory hallucinations just like Ron Goldspink.
The cause of MES is not yet known, but researchers believe it occurs when there is a lack of auditory stimulation, a situation which causes the brain to begin manufacturing sound.
Some statistics show that about one in 10,000 people aged over 65 in the UK suffers the condition.
Mr. Goldspink says he developed the condition unexpectedly about three or four months ago, adding that the version of ‘God Save the Queen’ he constantly hears in his head is sung by an all-male choir.
Mr. Goldspink told the Hull Daily Mail in an interview that “I complained about my next door neighbor who I thought was playing music and keeping me awake at night.
“My son complained to the council, and when they came down I told them I could hear this music coming from through the wall every night. They went next door and my neighbor said they were not playing anything, and I realized it was just me that could hear it.”
The helpless Goldspink added that, “My doctor could not understand it, and had never heard of it before.
“There is nothing you can do about it – the only possible way I can get a rest from it is if I put a hearing aid in one ear and have the TV on in the background. That helps me with it, otherwise, it deafens me.”
However, the old pensioner said “I want other people to know what I am living with, and to know about the condition.
“I have no idea what caused it, I just know it is a group of men singing and they sing it well. I just want people to know that I am not mad, and don’t just have something wrong with my head. I am telling the truth, and I hear the national anthem continuously.”