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headache with earbuds?

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I have recently bought a portable mp3 player (iAudio CW200 256mb) to use while at gym and biking. The earbuds that came with the CW200 were OK but thought I would upgrade. I then bought the Sony E888s. Everything was good but then I started getting headaches after listening to music. At first I thought that it was unrelated to the listening to music with earbuds but soon realized that this was the reason.

I do not have the music up very loud: between 26 - 32 on a scale of 1 to 40. The bass is set at 14 (on a scale of 1 to 20). The dynamic bass is set at 30 (on a 1 to 40 scale). The maximum output of the CW 200 is 6.5 mV + 6.5 mV (16 Ohm earphones). I set the bass this high just from sound. It does not seem like too much bass (less than car stereo and home system).

I even went to the doctor because I thought I had something else going on with my ears/head. At this point I was also having slight dizzy spells and thought I might have a problem with my inner ear. The doctor could see nothing wrong with my ears. In fact, he did a hearing test and he was shocked at how good my hearing is. On the hearing scale that he used anything lower than 25 was acceptable. I got a 5 on my left ear and scored a zero on right ear. The doctor hypothesized that it might be possible that because my hearing was so sensative I might be creating a problem when using earphones.

Has anyone heard of this? Any other ideas? I get the headaches with the stock earbuds as well. Is it possible that the bass is too high and I'm just not "hearing" it?

I really enjoy listening to music on the go but not if I'm going to get headaches! Is there a style of headphone that I could use that might solve this problem?

Also, what headphones should I use for biking? There is not enough isolation with the E888. When I go into the wind I can hardly hear the music. Looking to spend about $50. Is the Sony EX71 a good choice?

Thanks!
Flip
post #2 of 11
Sorry to hear your problem. The EX71 (or the others in the Sony range) looks to be your only choice for $50 if you're looking for earbuds which isolate.


Apparently there's a standard greeting which is said here for your first post, but I disagree with it so I'll just say welcome.
post #3 of 11
I used to use e888 earphones too but I could only listen to them for about 20 minutes before getting mild earaches. I don't think I ever got any headaches though but it wouldn't surprise me if other people did. So I switched to nice comfy circumaural headphones instead and have gone through quite a few models. None of them have given me any pain. Shame about the e888s but I sold mine to a friend anyway
post #4 of 11
so how was the ear wax buildup?

lots of bass probably is creating lots of pressure.
post #5 of 11
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Re: headache with earbuds?

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Originally posted by flipcody
I do not have the music up very loud: between 26 - 32 on a scale of 1 to 40. The bass is set at 14 (on a scale of 1 to 20). The dynamic bass is set at 30 (on a 1 to 40 scale). The maximum output of the CW 200 is 6.5 mV + 6.5 mV (16 Ohm earphones). I set the bass this high just from sound. It does not seem like too much bass (less than car stereo and home system).
If the volume levels are anything like my iRiver ChromeX player (7mV + 7mV @16Ohm, also a scale from 1 - 40) I think you are listening to too loud volumes.
When I listen with sony E848 buds the volume hardly ever goes above 13. (The 848s are most comparable to 888s as it comes to loudness I quess.) I know I listen to quite low volumes but anything above 15-20 is too loud in my book. That and the added bass, It wouldn't surprise me at all that you'll develope a headache. At the other hand, maybe the doc overlooked something. If the headaches come back while you haven't listened go back to a docter.
But for now, try turning down the volume and see if it still happens.

All the best,
Lisa
post #7 of 11
I think it's probably the dynamic bass. I listen to my E888 very often and I don't get headaches at all. I've tried playing with my FL100's equalizers to add more bass, but I didn't like it that much and found that it could easily give me headaches.
post #8 of 11

Dizzy

Too much bass makes me dizzy,but MX500 doesn't.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

Thank you for all your replies!

I will try turning down the bass. If that doesn't work I will try lowering the volume.

Flip
post #10 of 11

Re: Re: headache with earbuds?

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Originally posted by Lisa

All the best,
Lisa
On Spinal Tap's amp heads that have volume knobs that go to 11:
Nigel: "All the numbers go to 11..."
Director Marty Dibergi: "I see, and most amps go up to 10. Does that mean it's louder?"
Nigel: "Well, it's one louder, isn't it? You see, most blokes will be playing at 10...you're on 10 on your guitar. Where can you go from there?...Nowhere, exactly. So when we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?"
Marty: "Put it to 11."
Nigel: "Exactly. One louder."
Marty: "Why don't just make 10 louder and make 10 the top number and make that a little louder?"
Nigel (chewing gum, pauses while he considers the question, then states confidently): "These go to 11."
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Re: Re: Re: headache with earbuds?

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Originally posted by Mike Scarpitti
On Spinal Tap's amp heads that have volume knobs that go to 11:
Nigel: "All the numbers go to 11..."
Director Marty Dibergi: "I see, and most amps go up to 10. Does that mean it's louder?"
Nigel: "Well, it's one louder, isn't it? You see, most blokes will be playing at 10...you're on 10 on your guitar. Where can you go from there?...Nowhere, exactly. So when we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?"
Marty: "Put it to 11."
Nigel: "Exactly. One louder."
Marty: "Why don't just make 10 louder and make 10 the top number and make that a little louder?"
Nigel (chewing gum, pauses while he considers the question, then states confidently): "These go to 11."
For more Spinal Wisdom:

http://www.mit.edu:8001/people/ed_k/tap.html
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