Can Headphones Cause Vertigo? Yes, But You Can Prevent It

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Alfred Hitchcock. That’s the man I think about when I hear the word Vertigo. The English filmmaker was widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema. In a career spanning six decades, he directed over 50 feature films, many of which are still widely watched and studied today, and one of those movies is called Vertigo.

Why am I telling you this?! Well, I’m well aware that this has nothing to do with the theme of this article, but I just wanted to introduce to you this giant man, and also let you know what exactly passes through my mind when I write my articles.

I mean, if I’m not completely honest with you, then why would you even bother reading these articles, right?

So, go ahead and watch a couple of his movies, and not only Vertigo, but I suggest watching them if you really are into old movies, because Vertigo was filmed in 1958 and that’s a long long time ago, so you really have to be nostalgic about the past and everything that can be called evergreen, in order to watch such movies, including Vertigo.

Anyway, I’m done giving you cinematic lectures, and I’m going to proceed with the actual topic of this article. But, before I do that, do you know what Vertigo actually is, besides the fact that is a movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and now you know that thanks to me. Well, as you might know, I adore defining things first and then continuing with explaining them!

So, let’s define Vertigo.

The Definition of Vertigo

The sensation of vertigo is a symptom, not a disease. It’s the perception that you or your surroundings are whirling or moving. This sensation may be hardly perceptible or it may be so strong that it makes it difficult for you to maintain your equilibrium and carry out daily duties.

A few of the first signs of Vertigo are Balance problems, lightheadedness, a sense of motion sickness, nausea and vomiting, ringing in the ear, called tinnitus, a feeling of fullness in the ear, headaches, nystagmus, where the eyes move uncontrollably, usually from side to side.

Can Headphones Cause Vertigo?

Let’s see! This seems like a simple question, but it actually is complex. I can just say that not every type of headphones can give you the same feeling, in this case, in ear headphones can be a little bit problematic.

The mechanism, which involves the hair and nerves within your ear, can become damaged by wearing headphones all the time and turning up the volume of your music player or wireless earbuds.

Most people occasionally have the sensation that their surroundings are turning after moving their heads. If you’re really perceptive or pay close attention to this sensation, you’ll notice that it frequently happens after listening to loud music and taking your Bluetooth earphones out of your ears.

A disturbance in the ear can result from loud sounds coming from your earbuds. The disruption may harm the nerves and hair cells in the ears, as well as the ears’ nerves.

The sound will be louder when you plug in your wireless Bluetooth earbuds, which will cause the hairs in the brain that detect sound waves to flex. If this keeps happening, it may kill numerous inner ear nerves and hair cells.

Additionally, often inserting earphones into your ears while sharing them with friends or someone else who has an ear infection might result in serious ear infections that can cause vertigo.

I’m going to take a risk, and come up with a verdict. So, if I have to answer the above-mentioned question, my answer would be, YES, headphones can cause vertigo! 

Headphones can cause vertigo, especially if you tend to listen to music will a really loud volume, and if you listen to music in a continuous way, especially if you continuously wear digital noise cancelling headphones while they will cancel ambient noise, they will still manage to cause vertigo and such.

But, of course, there are always things to iron out, and also, in this case, there are things that can be done, in order to prevent Vertigo.

How To Prevent Vertigo?

Reduce the volume of the sound or turn it off

When you are wearing wireless earphones to listen to music and get motion sickness or dizziness, turn down the volume of the device right away. However, I’ll suggest that you turn the music off to prevent further ear irritation.

Unplug the wireless Bluetooth earbuds

Take out the earphones from your ears once the sound has been turned off. Of course, you might feel a ringing in your ears right away. There is no need to be concerned because you will feel better shortly after.

Stay seated

You immediately unplug the wireless earbuds and look for a seat. Make sure not to try to move. When you sit down quietly, your vertigo will lessen. Avoid abrupt head movements and body posture changes while sitting down. Avoid gazing up as well. Vertigo will vanish quickly if all of these can be avoided. It’s also recommended that you lay on your side to minimize the risk of injury from falls.

Consult a medical professional

Vertigo brought on by wireless Bluetooth earbuds typically disappears within a few minutes or hours. However, it is preferable to see a doctor if it persists and you get severe vertigo symptoms.

Bone Conduction Headphones

Bone conduction headphones are something that I would really recommend to people that have hearing or damaged eardrums.

What makes Bone conduction really important in this scenario is that bone conduction headphones work in a different way than traditional headphones do.

Bone conduction headphones are a perfect choice due to not transmit the sound waves directly to the ear, they bypass the eardrum and send the sound directly to your cochlea through the skull bone.

So yes, with Bone conduction headphones you hear the sounds through your bone rather than eardrums.

Final Words

So, this is how you get the ALL IN ONE, and by that I mean, with this article, you got a movie suggestion, an answer to a very important question, such as, can headphones cause Vertigo, and also ways how to prevent vertigo caused by the headphones. 

So, just make sure you don’t play loud noise music, and also make sure to give yourself a break from listening, don’t listen for extended hours, that not only will cause vertigo, but it will also damage your hearing ability which can lead to hearing loss.

So, there you have it, I said it all, so thank me later, and don’t forget to watch that movie, you either will hate me or praise me, but I’ll be okay with it, no worries! 

Further Reading

Coming at the end of this blog, I would like to introduce to you some others! In case you want to hide your earbuds while working and listen to different types of rock music, you have got the choice! Now, if you are concerned about headphone hair, I would recommend you find out more about it. In case you are asking about speakers then I would like to answer to you if you can bring a speaker on a plane.

As I mentioned earbuds above, you guys have probably heard about foam tips and silicone tips, right? Well, there is also a comparison that you can check out and it includes IEMS vs. headphones, check out what are they. There are also some of the greatest headphones for bass guitar if you need a pair!

Other comparisons that I would like to mention include AKG K702 and AKG K712, as well as Sennheiser Pro E906 vs. E609! Check them out!

Whether you’re looking for information on audio equipment, looking to learn more about how things work in the music field, or looking for reviews of products, we got you covered!



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