Sunday, May 23, 2010

Who is talking about me?

I have heard many different versions of this superstition. If your ears ring, itch, or burn it means someone is talking about you. Some superstitions even go as far as to say which ear means good or bad talk. This topic is even asked by people on Wiki answers and Yahoo! answers. This is how superstitions spread in such a significant way by asking other people in an unscientific way.

This ringing is most likely a medical cause which most people ignore because they believe it is nothing significant. The ringing, itching, or burning could be Tinnitus, Meniere's disease, recovery from loud noise, fluid in the ears, trauma, ear infection, allergic reaction and many more. In any case if the ringing persists then it is a good idea to see a doctor.

Then there might be another explanation for the ringing that I believe could be the cause. The mind-body connection is a powerful one. If you really want or enjoy the idea that someone could be talking about you that may cause the ringing in your ears as well.

So either a medical issue or an imaginary issue is the cause for the ringing. There is no scientific proof that someone talking about you is causing your ear ringing so I would stop blaming people for talking about you as I used to.


  1. I'm glad that you posted about this topic! Just the other day I was hanging out with my Mom and my ears were ringing. My Mom said, "someone's talking about you". Before last week I had not even heard about this superstitious belief! I highly doubt that if you hear ringing in your ears that someone is talking about you, it is most likely a biochemical reaction occurring in your body or something... But, as with most superstitions, there are always believers, and they believe that anything can happen for any reason!

  2. Oh, and also, I'm glad that you included the links to Tinnitus and Meniere's disease information! I had never heard of these or the things used to treat them!