Since summer of last year I have not been able to wear any sort of headphones. Whenever I wear them, whether they're on or off, loose, tight, loud, quiet, in ear, over ear, whatever, First I feel a lot of pressure, within a few minutes I am having trouble breathing, then I start coughing, and I develop an excruciating headache and inner ear pain. It's worse in the left ear, so I cant sleep on that side anymore. I've been to several doctors and no one could help me. From what I could find on google I was lead to believe it might be eustachian tube blockage but the ENT I went to said that wasn't the case. It was all very sudden too. Just over the course of half a month. Before I barely cared about how tight headphones were, no matter how tight they were they didn't hurt until my problem developed. I own a Sennheiser HD 380 Pro, the 280 model, some cheap gummy earbuds, and a Grado SR80i. I've tried other headphones I cant remember the names of and they all gave me the same problem. I desperately miss my headphones. My laptop speakers cant really match up to them, and I don't get any privacy. And there's just something more intimate about listening to music on headphones.
So has anyone else had this problem or is at least familiar with it? I'm at my wit's end here. I've lurked here on and off for years and trust this community on audio matters more than anyone.