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Airpods are sleek devices with undeniable usefulness. Hence, tech lovers could get carried away using these devices. Some users even go on for hours enjoying the sounds from their Airpods.

Some users are worried about the health implications of using the device. But can wearing Airpods for these long hours give you headaches?

In this blog post, we will answer this question and provide other relevant information about this topic. Read on.

Can Airpods give you headaches?

No, Airpods do not give headaches. Although, some users have reported experiencing headaches and an accompanying ear pain after extended use. These effects cannot be attributed to the device itself, but they may be due to how it was used.

Public health officials and scientists conduct extensive tests on gadgets before they are released to the market to ensure that they comply with all safety regulations. If Apple Airpods were discovered to be the reason for headaches among some users, the device would be recalled to the factory as a defective or unsafe product.

Since this is not the case since the release of the Apple Airpods, the headaches experienced can be attributed to the fitting of the earbuds in the ear canal and possibly high sensitivity to the sound of the Airpods.

Why do Airpods give people headaches?

There is no conclusive answer to that. However, based on complaints by some users, we came up with possible reasons why they were experiencing these headaches:

1. Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and sensitivity to loud noises

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) is an undocumented and arguable condition where patients suffer non-specific symptoms after exposure to Electromagnetic radiation. Symptoms can be headaches, dizziness, sleep disorders, e.t.c.

The condition has not been recognized as a public health issue, and they are few studies about it.

Airpods are electronic devices that employ Bluetooth, which uses frequencies in the Electromagnetic spectrum. So, it's not a far-fetched idea that the few users who report these headaches may have this condition.

Also, studies have shown that listening to music at loud volumes can lead to tension headaches and migraines. People have different perceptions of what they deem as loud music. Hence, those who experience headaches while using Airpods may have inadvertently exposed themselves to above-average volume levels for an extended time.

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2. Wrong fitting of the Airpods in the ear canal

The second reason the Airpods give so many headaches is the ill-fitting of the Airpods in the ear canal. Apple designed the First to Third generation Airpods to fit in the ear canal of an average person.

Apple further adjusted this in the Airpods Pro by providing interchangeable ear tips of different sizes for different users.

But there are those whose ear canals are pretty small and own the non-adjustable Airpods first to third generations. Using the Airpods in such circumstances would result in uncomfortable situations, leading to pain and possible headaches in the long run.

The Airpods are designed to fit snugly and comfortably for the user. Despite this, it's not a one size fits all device. There will always be exceptions during its use.

What are the solutions to Airpod headaches?

  • Give your Airpods some room in your ear canal instead of pressing them deeply into your ear. This could lessen the intensity of the sounds by lowering or eliminating the pressure buildup, especially if you are playing music at loud volumes.
  • Do not use the Airpods above recommended volume levels.
  • When the feeling of discomfort sets in, stop using the Airpods.
  • Use the AirPods for a short while instead of for long periods, let's say, for a short workout session. Take the Airpods off during breaks to allow your ears some rest.
  • Visit your Doctor for a proper examination to determine your health status.
  • If you are using Airpods Pro, try out other ear-tip sizes and decide which size is most comfortable for you.

What are the side effects of Airpods?

There are no known side effects of using the Airpods, but certain conditions could develop from prolonged or wrong use. These include:

  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Increased risk of damage to the ear from prolonged exposure to loud sounds.
  • Discomfort and dizziness.
  • Ear infections.
  • Excessive production of ear wax.
  • Ringing sound in the ears.
  • Ear pain and itchiness.

Do Airpods give off radiation?

Yes, Airpods use radio-frequency radiation to communicate with a connected device. The most common use is with Bluetooth technology. Radiations using Bluetooth technology are deemed safe by the FCC.

All electronic devices that communicate using data emit similar radiation. The frequencies of Bluetooth are considered too low to change the structure of the human cell, so they are harmless.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Airpods giving headaches

Q. Can Airpods give you a brain tumor?

A. No, there is no evidence using AirPods or other wireless headphones will increase your chance of developing a brain tumor. The radiation levels of the Airpods are considered harmless by the FCC.

Q. Why do I feel pressure with Airpods?

A. You feel pressure when the silicone seal of the ear-tips is too tight. Apple designed a vent mechanism for the new AirPods that balances pressure on both sides of each earpiece, preventing air pressure accumulation.

Q. Can Airpods give you an earache?

A. The prolonged use of earbuds from Airpods and headphones can result in pain. Uncomfortable or tightly fitted headphones can exert pressure on the outer ear's skin or overstretch the inner ear's delicate cartilage causing ear.

Q. Do Airpods cause hearing loss?

A. No, Airpods do not cause hearing loss if used appropriately. The device is designed to be used safely with the ears.

Wrap Up

This article has outlined how the extended usage of AirPods can affect your health. If you are among the individuals uncomfortable with using the AirPods, you ought to limit their excessive use. Thanks for reading.

If you have any questions about Airpods giving you headaches, please ask them in the comments below.

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