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post #2371 of 20630

I just wanted to ask if any of the Headphone nuts here every get recurring ear problems from listening to their phones? Other than occasional and scary "ear ringing" for example.

 

I've switched back to my HD595s today for the sake of comfort, and because both my right, and now my left ear have been getting plugged / achey a lot this week. My theory is that, phones insulate and "heat up" your ears, and possibly promote movement of wax to places it might not normally go. Also, the circular design of the HE-400s may be applying more force to my lower ear (the cartiledge spots near the lobe).

 

Chances are, I need to take a long headphone break. But I have not been at extreme volumes. But both my ears are complaining.

post #2372 of 20630
Thread Starter 

Hmmm....so along that note, what is an average time for hp's listening per day? And also, what would be longest session that you've had this year? 

 

For me, I usually listen for about an hour in the morning while at the computer getting my day ready. And then about two hours in the evening for relaxation. So 3 hours total on average is a fair number. My longest session was when I was auditioning the lcd2 just about a month ago. I just couldn't get enough of that sound signature. I think that I listened for just over five hours. But I paid for it the next day with a serious pain in my neck!!

post #2373 of 20630
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Originally Posted by MrMateoHead View Post

I just wanted to ask if any of the Headphone nuts here every get recurring ear problems from listening to their phones? Other than occasional and scary "ear ringing" for example.

I've switched back to my HD595s today for the sake of comfort, and because both my right, and now my left ear have been getting plugged / achey a lot this week. My theory is that, phones insulate and "heat up" your ears, and possibly promote movement of wax to places it might not normally go. Also, the circular design of the HE-400s may be applying more force to my lower ear (the cartiledge spots near the lobe).

Chances are, I need to take a long headphone break. But I have not been at extreme volumes. But both my ears are complaining.
I switched to over ear phones after my ears got infected because of my westone um3x..somehow it pushed ear smear deeper inside my head..thats why i switched over to over ear phones...never heard of problems with those models..but i can imagine if u listen with levels to high it could damage ur hearing and causing ringing ears..sometimes u dont even have an idea how high u have the volume..
post #2374 of 20630

I have the symptoms of "swimmers ear" - some "blockage" but to this my cartiledge is feeling sensitive. I am trying some alcohol drops and they are burning like a someofb*tch - which makes me wonder if I got a small cut in there or something (as from a cu tip or something else).

 

I listen for up to probably 3-5 hours a day max. I do take breaks / interruptions. I do try to observe a low volume, and if at high volume, usually only for the length of 1-2 albums max. 

 

I am trying not to blame the phones but I am wondering if they are playing a role.

post #2375 of 20630
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Originally Posted by MrMateoHead View Post

I have the symptoms of "swimmers ear" - some "blockage" but to this my cartiledge is feeling sensitive. I am trying some alcohol drops and they are burning like a someofb*tch - which makes me wonder if I got a small cut in there or something (as from a cu tip or something else).

 

I listen for up to probably 3-5 hours a day max. I do take breaks / interruptions. I do try to observe a low volume, and if at high volume, usually only for the length of 1-2 albums max. 

 

I am trying not to blame the phones but I am wondering if they are playing a role.

Maybe you could try an earpick instead of Q-tips for cleaning your ears. That works really well for some people.

 

 

Anyway I have the HE400s on my head up to 10 or 12 hours a day sometimes over weekends if I'm on the PC all day working on papers / gaming, doesn't really affect me much except maybe a tired neck. Then again I'm fairly young so that's a factor to be considered.

post #2376 of 20630
Depending on the day, it could last half the day. Never had an issue. That's not even counting the 5 or so hours I wear my KSC35 at work.
post #2377 of 20630
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Maybe you could try an earpick instead of Q-tips for cleaning your ears. That works really well for some people.

 

 

Anyway I have the HE400s on my head up to 10 or 12 hours a day sometimes over weekends if I'm on the PC all day working on papers / gaming, doesn't really affect me much except maybe a tired neck. Then again I'm fairly young so that's a factor to be considered.

 

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post #2378 of 20630
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Maybe you could try an earpick instead of Q-tips for cleaning your ears. That works really well for some people.


Anyway I have the HE400s on my head up to 10 or 12 hours a day sometimes over weekends if I'm on the PC all day working on papers / gaming, doesn't really affect me much except maybe a tired neck. Then again I'm fairly young so that's a factor to be considered.
I also used my he300 sometimes all night listening..so at least 6 hours until batt goes dead on hm602..until now i couldnt listen to my he500 for more then 1 hour..before getting some kind of pressure on my head and a little headache..even at normal listenng levels..much lower then i used to on my he300..but now i know why..since this morning 10:00 am i got my new Aura power cables delivered..and man what an impact it made on my rig..the sound got more velvetly..especially the highs got more attached onto the mids...and the lows were more of a rumble more balanced now instead of cold hard mid bass...and i have been listening to my rig now for at least 7 hours now..with no headaches or pressure..so i think the headaches can be caused by elevated sensitivy for unbalanced tremble...maybe its the case with u also..try a warmer phone/amp and see how it goes..with me i am in heaven now biggrin.gif
post #2379 of 20630

Thanks for the comments -

 

I've tended to have issues over the years anyhow. Not necessarily to be expected. Some of you are true troopers when it comes to wearing the things!

 

Despite the pain, I've used a classic alcohol / vinegar mix a few times on the offending ear today. Though it still hasn't quite "popped" it is hopefully killing whatever infection might be trying to live.

 

I am going to switch back to the Senns when I feel better for awhile to see if it makes any difference at all. I have fairly small ears, but the rings on the HE-400 may be pushing up against my cartelidge a bit much. I adjusted the cups, but noticed that the headband would hurt a little after a couple hours. HA.

post #2380 of 20630
Thread Starter 

Maybe you should just take a few days off and allow your ears to recover. Might not be a bad idea to let a doctor have a look...

post #2381 of 20630
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Originally Posted by MrMateoHead View Post

Thanks for the comments -

I've tended to have issues over the years anyhow. Not necessarily to be expected. Some of you are true troopers when it comes to wearing the things!

Despite the pain, I've used a classic alcohol / vinegar mix a few times on the offending ear today. Though it still hasn't quite "popped" it is hopefully killing whatever infection might be trying to live.

I am going to switch back to the Senns when I feel better for awhile to see if it makes any difference at all. I have fairly small ears, but the rings on the HE-400 may be pushing up against my cartelidge a bit much. I adjusted the cups, but noticed that the headband would hurt a little after a couple hours. HA.
The headband can be bend to provide better comfort..bend it a bit..but carefull..with both hands..i dud that with my he300..but inwards as it was to loose on my head..
Hope this tip helps..good luck!
And yeah a quick looksie by ur doc wouldnt hurt also..
Edited by hifimanrookie - 11/13/12 at 4:30pm
post #2382 of 20630
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Originally Posted by MrMateoHead View Post

Thanks for the comments -

 

I've tended to have issues over the years anyhow. Not necessarily to be expected. Some of you are true troopers when it comes to wearing the things!

 

Despite the pain, I've used a classic alcohol / vinegar mix a few times on the offending ear today. Though it still hasn't quite "popped" it is hopefully killing whatever infection might be trying to live.

 

I am going to switch back to the Senns when I feel better for awhile to see if it makes any difference at all. I have fairly small ears, but the rings on the HE-400 may be pushing up against my cartelidge a bit much. I adjusted the cups, but noticed that the headband would hurt a little after a couple hours. HA.

You could be developing an external or internal otitis media (outer or inner ear infection) either way you may need antibiotics if this goes long you could perforate your ear drums.  Please get to a medical clinic and get your ears looked at.  A cheap antibiotic could preserve your hearing.  Regardless stay off the headphones, till you get this checked out please. 

post #2383 of 20630
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Originally Posted by MrMateoHead View Post

I have the symptoms of "swimmers ear" - some "blockage" but to this my cartiledge is feeling sensitive. I am trying some alcohol drops and they are burning like a someofb*tch - which makes me wonder if I got a small cut in there or something (as from a cu tip or something else).

I listen for up to probably 3-5 hours a day max. I do take breaks / interruptions. I do try to observe a low volume, and if at high volume, usually only for the length of 1-2 albums max. 

I am trying not to blame the phones but I am wondering if they are playing a role.

The best thing for wax build up in the ear is to pour a cap full of hydrogen peroxide in each ear!
Works wonders!
post #2384 of 20630
Thread Starter 

Don't forget to let it drain out by tilting the head to let gravity do it's thing. Hey, somebody had to say the obvious. 

post #2385 of 20630
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Don't forget to let it drain out by tilting the head to let gravity do it's thing. Hey, somebody had to say the obvious. 
But as we are all family here and wants best for each other...listen to these words...GET OF UR BUTT and check ur ears with ur doc..if ur having a infection of sort u can get deaf in worst case scenario..Sorry..but had to act as a worried big brother would.. tongue.gif so dont take it as an offence..i want u to enjoy ur music as i do..and with hearing loss its much less enjoyable...i had an infection because of my westone in ear phones and my girl had almost grap my hair to push me to the doctors..but by god..am so happy she did..as i had a bad infection in my front lab or something because of ear smear pushed backinto my ears that caused my severe headaches..i had to take anti biotics for two weeks and some iggy fluids to flush my ears out twice a day..and worse..No headphone for 2 months mad.gif so pls do the right thing..before u put any fluids in ur ears..it can make things worse if u dont know whats wrong inside ur earcanal or deeper inside...i know we all mean well..but best advice is checking with ur doc..maybe its nothing and just ear smear ..but better be safe then sorry my grandma always told me..and she got to an age of 103! tongue.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 11/13/12 at 5:44pm
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