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Ears hurt from listening even at low volumes

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Thread Starter 
I've always had this problem were after about 10-30 minutes oh listening to headphones my ears start hurting, my left more so than my right. This doesn't happen when I listen too loud things without headphones... So I'm guessing it doesn't have to do with volume. Just wondering if anyone has experienced something like this, as this really takes away from me enjoying music. After about 30 minutes of this (sometimes less) it becomes unlistenable because my ears are in pain and almost feel a little swollen. I've never listened to open cans, so maybe it has something to do with closed ones. Any help would be appreciated, and I'm really not sure if this is the right forum to ask on.
post #2 of 7

Weird, what headphone model are you using? probably sound fatigue? 

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
DT 770 LE, but it happens with all my other headphones too (cheapo headphones, all closed back)
post #4 of 7

http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5665608_ear-ache-caused-earphones.html

 

Sounds like a medical issue. Maybe see an ear specialist? I can wear headphones for hours on end, and even at higher volumes I have little to no pain/fatigue.

post #5 of 7

i believe your experiencing listening fatigue?

 

from what iv experienced, you have two option to try and remedy this:

1. crossfeed - available in many software versions, including some that are compatible with foobar. tried it myself, didnt like it, did help a little bit. hardware is also available but iv never tried it

2. eq - by far what id recommend, i eliminated my fatigue issues entirely following that 3rd link i gave you. 

 

here are some links, for your consideration:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/643091/listening-fatigue

http://www.head-fi.org/t/640620/lets-talk-about-fatigue

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/413900/how-to-equalize-your-headphones-a-tutorial

http://www.head-fi.org/t/587703/how-to-equalize-your-headphones-a-tutorial-part-2

post #6 of 7

I have simular problem.  I was never able to listen to headphone for more than 1hour.  I've tried different type and different brand and have simular problem.  I can feel the is pain in the ear; it felt like on the eardrum hurting or straining.  It is the same pain if I listened to very loud music in the car or with home speaker.  But, with the headphone, I'll have the volume at a much lower level, low enough where I can just hear the music and a little bit louder, and the pain developed about about 30 minutes or so into it.  Like one website is saying, because the headphone is right next to the ear any sound that is generated by the speaker goes directly to the ear.  With music from speaker in the car or home there is some distance or air between the speaker and the ear.  Maybe there are some high impluse sound that is generated by the speaker but is mellowed out because of the distance.

 

However, I did noticed that the Grado SR60 is less painful compared to the HE-400 or the ear pod that came with iphone.  Maybe my ear is espeical sensitive a certain frequecy spectrum?

post #7 of 7

Hey, i saw your post and just wanted to help out. If u are still having the problems, try to stop using headphones. The ear drum is really delicate and when you use headphones(especially earphones), the vibrations can damage the cells. Even low volume is bad at one point. Don't keep using headphones because it could lead to hear loss.

-Hope I Could Help

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