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Active Noise Canceling Headphones and Dizziness
« on: February 09, 2011, 03:02:18 AM »
I have been on this board complaining for a few days about how dizzy I have been feeling. I did some research and I found a New York Times and Wall Street Journal article on how active noise canceling headphones can make people feel motion sick (dizziness and vomiting).

I think this may have been the cause of some of my dizziness because I just got noise canceling headphones a few weeks ago and have been wearing them everyday for various amounts of time. I still think I have some vertigo that is not caused by this, but this could explain the feeling of being on a boat dizziness

Anyone else ever experience this?
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Re: Active Noise Canceling Headphones and Dizziness
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2011, 05:27:35 PM »
I could definitely see that causing dizziness. The last couple of concerts I've gone to, I've noticed that when the band stops playing and the auditorium goes somewhat quiet, I'd feel disoriented/dizzy.
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Re: Active Noise Canceling Headphones and Dizziness
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2011, 11:29:27 PM »
I'm sorry, not to be rude, but do you have anxiety or did you just join to comment on my post? Are you some headphone salesman or something? When most people join the forum they start a topic and introduce themselves.

I said in my post that I think my headphones are making me dizzy, not that they are helping with dizziness. I know that there are a lot of reasons why people become dizzy, but both the NYTimes and the Wall Street Journal did a report on how active noise-canceling headphones contribute.

Of course I know to consult a doctor, but if I think the headphones are making me dizzy, then I am going to stop using them. 

Please don't come on this site to defend a product; it seems like you do not understand what this site is about.
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Re: Active Noise Canceling Headphones and Dizziness
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2011, 08:30:31 AM »
Wow! Easy there.


-no I'm not a saleswoman
-I absolutely suffer with anxiety
-I have been a member of this board for well over a year, if you'd like to check the validity of that you are more than welcome to click my name and look at any other posts I've made
-no where in my post did I defend any product, at all. (and take great offense in your entire reply to me)


I believe I was trying to relate with you. (it's what people here do!!!!)

Allow me to re-explain

Your fear was that your noise cancelling headphones were causing dizziness. I was relating to you in that when I'm in a really loud place and noise stops, I have a feeling of dizziness/disorientation. My equillibrium is sensitive and I attribute it to that. In the same way your noise cancelling headphones cut out all noise. So therefore I could see where that could cause dizziness.

I don't care what NY Times says. I don't read it. I only know how to try to relate with personal experience.

You say you believe your headphones
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Re: Active Noise Canceling Headphones and Dizziness
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2011, 10:19:07 AM »
Hey London, I don't think benefit was replying to your post. There was a spam post in here yesterday that has been removed, I believe that's who she was referring to.
 
As far as noise cancelling headphones, I can definitely see them affecting you in some way. Just the fact they have to completely cover your ears is a factor. Even when I put on the muffs if I'm out shooting or something, I can feel a pressure difference in my head which can give me a little wooziness.
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Re: Active Noise Canceling Headphones and Dizziness
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2011, 03:35:58 PM »
Ohhhhh!!! Well that makes sense, lol.

Oops! :spineyes:

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Re: Active Noise Canceling Headphones and Dizziness
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2011, 01:55:35 AM »
Thanks anxiousWI, I stopped wearing them, but I still feel like I am getting dizzy more than normal and I'm so scared it's MS. I dont know if I am just picking up dizziness as a symptom and concentrating on it or if I actually am more dizzy than what is normal. I know every1 gets dizzy sometimes, but I feel like I'm feeling it alot.

London, ha... I was totally not talking to you. Some spammer jerk was on here defending headphones or something. I reported it and he got deleted so now it looks like I was responding to you. I appreciate your input, thank you!
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Re: Active Noise Canceling Headphones and Dizziness
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2011, 06:48:15 AM »
Well i haven't had noise cancelling head phones for very long. I had some but didn't like them so i returned them. But anyways while i owned them i did notice a slight dizzy feeling when the music stopped playing. But i could never figure out if it was me or the headphones. But i agree with thats been said though this is a possibility that it could be the headphones. But it could also just be anxiety i remember i had really bad dizzy spells with anxiety. But yeah hope you find the culprit soon :)
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Re: Active Noise Canceling Headphones and Dizziness
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2011, 02:01:56 AM »
I am so glad I joined this site!!  For years I have had ear problems and dizziness.  These symptoms just seem to exacerbate my anxiety even more to the point I was constantly worried about getting dizzy or having my ears clog up (which gives me dizziness and other symptoms).  I really thought I was the only person who suffered with this, but once I came here I have seen tons of posts concerning ears, dizziness, and anxiety.  I have done some pretty extensive research on this and have been to an ENT specialist.  The ears and Eustachian tubes can be a huge cause of dizziness.  I have never tried active noise cancelling headphones, but anything that affects the ears can be a cause of dizziness, and we all know once the symptom is there...we just worry about it all the time! 

I believe the way those headphones work is to emit a frequency that cancels out the noise by destructive interference.  This frequency could irritate the eardrum or inner ear in some way which will absolutely cause dizziness.  I notice sometimes when I am finished listening to music, even with regular headphones, I get a little dizzy for a few seconds.  I would definitely stop using them and see if it makes a difference.  If you are still getting dizzy, have an ENT check out your ears.  I am not sure if those headphones can cause any damage or longer term side effects, but I'm sure an ear doc would know. 

I too hope you find the culprit!
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