Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ears and Earphones: These things should come with a WARNING!

Noise is a big trigger for me.  I carry earplugs everywhere.  Power tools, ubiquitous TV in airports, incessant advertising when you're placed on hold during phone calls, music in stores, loud concerts or movies all are annoying and will eventually give me a headache if the noise persists or I can't get away from it.  SO........ my ever-thoughtful husband gave me a great Christmas present, a new pair of Bose, noise-canceling headphones - delivered to me before we took our annual Dec. trip to Mexico.  I was stoked!

under PRESSURE!
We took off for Zihuatanejo, Mexico on Dec. 11th, and the minute they cleared us for using electronics on the plane, I donned my super duper comfortable headphones.  They worked like a dream, and I was a happy camper.  Then about a couple of hours before wheels down in Zihua, I began to feel an odd sort of pressure in my head, different from headache-type pressure, but nonetheless uncomfortable.  It was sort of illusive at first.  Was I imagining it?  I took them off for a while, did a little stroll to the restroom requiring the usual graceful clamber over my husband and some guy in the aisle seat.  After returning to my seat, I put my headphones back on and was instantly aware of the pressure.  I regretfully left them off for the rest of the trip.  The noise canceling property is electronic, and you cannot turn it off and just use them as regular headphones with your iPod, so that wasn't an option.

Laid up


When we landed in Zihua, I was oh so happy to be back in sunny Mexico again with the sea to swim in  and our cozy hotel to hang in.  BUT I spent the next two days in bed with severe migraines which didn't respond as usual to my abortive meds.  While, of course, there is no proof, I know that the headphones were the trigger.  Sadly, they are now up for sale on Craigslist.  I know there are people with severe headaches, migraines, etc. who can use these things just fine without the repercussions that I had.  However, if you're thinking about getting a pair and you have chronic headaches, try them out first if possible.

I now use Shure noise-blocking earbuds for my iPod, the same ones my son Ben prefers.  He also has migraines, and he rejected the noise-canceling headphones after one try in the airport.  He immediately found the background white noise hard to handle.  He and I tend to have some of the same triggers.


The pain eased off on the third day, and I finally got to BE on vacation.

on vacation - finally

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  12. I don't suffer migraines but have noticed that every time I wear headphones I instantly get a headache that feels like pressure. I can wear earbuds without consequence that way, but because I have irritated itchy ears all the time they are less than comfortable too. At a loss what to do.

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  13. Over time, I very gradually developed headaches from headphones at work. It went on for almost two years before I realized what was causing it! Got rid of the headset, the headaches are gone.

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  14. Good for you. Glad you figured it out.
    Candy

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  15. wow, I thought I was the only one. if I even put the ear buds in my ear for a second my head starts to hurt sooooo bad it scares me. The pain can last from a few days to weeks. I never use to suffer with migraines. I wish I would have been warning because I wouldn't wish this pain on my enemy.

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  16. Same here, when i buy a new pair of headphones it gives me intense headaches. To the point where they last a long time after i take off the headset

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  17. Add me to the list. Since I have a vision problem, I listen to audio books. I have been doing so for a couple of years, and about a week ago, I started getting the worst headaches. It took be a couple of days to realize that the headphones were the culprit. Even if I take 3 Extra Strength Tylenol before donning the headphones, the headaches occur. I am going to see a Dr. this week to see if there is something else going on.

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  18. A few days ago I had signed up for Spotify, and used my earbuds that came with my iphone6 to listen to various type of music, for about 30-45 minutes, not too loud, just enough to enjoy it. The next few days I was struck by insomnia and terrible migrane headaches. I had no idea what was causing it, I live a healthy lifestyle, no coffee or alcohol. Upon Googling "what causes migranes", I stumbled upon this page and it all made sense to me. I am sensitive to loud noises and flashing lights, going to the movies is impossible for me. Thanks for the insight!

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  19. I also sometimes get that feeling of pressure that develops into this throbbing headache when using in-ear buds.. It is so weird because it must be high volume that is causing it, but i never get headaches in clubs or such.. Now sitting awake at 4am because headache yay, man in need to buy new headphones..

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