Anorak | Life Imitates Seinfeld: Ne-Yo And Mary Hart’s Voices Can Give You Seizures

Life Imitates Seinfeld: Ne-Yo And Mary Hart’s Voices Can Give You Seizures

by | 14th, November 2014


“I’LL be walking around the supermarket doing my food shopping and I have to put my earphones in to listen to my own music just in case it comes on,” says Zoe Fennessy, 26, of Nottinghamshire. Every time she hears singer Ne-Yo’s voice she suffers an epileptic seizure.

 “It’s the same with most shops. I have to walk in with my ear phones in at first just to make sure they don’t have Ne-Yo on. If he ever releases a greatest hits album it’s going to be a nightmare. Whenever I hear the first few beats of the song I have to drop whatever I am doing and run. People might think it is funny and I can laugh at it myself but it has taken over my life. It’s ruined my life.”

Zoe…had her first seizure on New Year’s Day in 2006 after a long period of sickness and doctors put it down to tiredness and stress. But when her seizures increased to six a DAY her GP booked her in for a brain test and doctors diagnosed her with epilepsy in 2008. But it wasn’t until she heard Ne-Yo’s ‘Give Me Everything’ featuring Pitbull – which topped the charts in May 2011 – that she had her first music-induced seizure.

She was checked over. Her doctor’s notes read:

“We recognised a few musicogenic seizures arising from the right temporal lobe stimulated by songs sung by Neyo… During her admission she was listening to the radio on [her] iPhone when a specific song came on the radio that triggers her fits (Pitbull Ne-Yo – Tonight). She called for assistance at this point and she was noted to be shaking and looking rather anxious and acting a bit confused.”

We’ve seen similar things with pet cats:

Jeffrey has fits of around a minute in length, caused by mouse clicks and the tapping of boiled eggs. Gracie suffered a similar reaction to the sound of a newspaper, which caused her to run in circles and collide with furniture. After that, she convulses.

And Mary Hart could carry a health warning:


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