Do Headphones Cause Headaches?

Headphones are used by millions of individuals every day. They allow us to listen to our favorite music, play video games, and even watch movies without disturbing others. However, overuse can lead to a variety of issues including dizziness and nausea, and higher head blood pressure, which can cause headaches.

Do you wear headphones all the time? Do you notice a headache coming on after an hour or two of wearing them?

Read this blog post to find out if your headphone habits may be the culprit. This article will explore Do Headphones Cause Headaches? or not if so, Why do my headphones give me a headache?. It will also examine some ways that we might alleviate these head pains. So let’s dig into it!

Does Using Headphones Cause Headaches?

Do Headphones Cause Headaches?
Can Headphones Cause Headaches?

The answer is yes and no!

Yes Especially prolonged usage and it also depends on the individual! Some people experience headaches while using headphones. The physiology of each person’s head and brain is different, so how heavy audio frequencies affect you might be very other from someone else.

No – I don’t think so…

Another group of people will try to say “No, wearing headphones does not cause headaches.” In my opinion, this comes from people who don’t like to use headphones because they look dorky or feel awkward.

There are always two sides to every argument, and since I am writing this article, my opinion is that both groups are right!

As we all know, Excess of anything is bad; if you use headphones for 3-4 hours every day, it will impact your health. But if you don’t use them very often and take appropriate measures, you’ll be fine!

Do Bluetooth Headphones Cause Headaches?

For those of you who like Bluetooth headphones, we had a word with some experts and did some research on the internet. We found out that it is still unclear whether Bluetooth headphone causes headache or not; there is no strong evidence either way.

Do Noise Cancelling Headphones Cause Headaches?

Noise-canceling headphones can help reduce ambient sounds and often enhance the output of your music player by reducing outside noise.

 When you listen to too much music with active noise cancellation headphones, it may cause a headache because even though such headphones cancel out some noises, they amplify the music itself.

Do Wireless Headphones Cause Headaches?

There are no side effects of using wireless headphones. But it is advisable to not use Bluetooth headphones for a longer duration as they can have an impact on your hearing.

Do Earbuds Cause Headaches?

It has been observed by many studies that prolonged use of loud music over 60 decibels can cause loss of hearing capacity. The same goes for headphones and earbuds as well if used too long. This may be one reason for headache as well as tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Why do my headphones give me a headache?

There are some reasons for headaches from headphones which are given below.

  • Using headphones at high volumes for too long can be a reason for headaches. If you are listening to music or watching movies with volume control below 60% of its capacity, then there is no chance for any problem to occur.
  • The second aspect of headphone usage which can cause headaches is placing them on your head. This pressure may also play an essential role in giving you a headache if it occurs frequently.
  • Sometimes while wearing headphones, people tend to forget that they have them on their heads and become careless while carrying out physical activities like exercise or housework, which involves lots of movement. Frequent placement and removal of headphones against your ear can create pressure around muscles and nerves around your jaw joint. This pressure can give rise to headaches.
  • The third reason is that some individuals are more sensitive to certain frequencies of sound than others, and wearing headphones may emit these frequencies which could cause a headache.
  • And finally, if you’re using your headphones at night while sleeping, it might be one of the reasons for giving you a headache since the audio frequency will disturb your brain activity. You better use earplugs along with them if they are really necessary for your sleep.

When Do Headphones Cause Headaches?

Headaches can happen for different reasons at different times of day; the causes of headaches vary widely among individuals. Some causes include physical trauma, chronic medical conditions, food allergies/sensitivities, environmental factors (think smog), blood sugar swings from eating too much sugar or caffeine drinks.

How to Prevent Headphones from causing Headaches?

You can definitely reduce the chance of having a headache by observing some measures such as:

  • If you want to use headphones for long periods, take short breaks after every 20-30 minutes to minimize pressure in your head.
  •  This will also help in reducing ear fatigue. Rule number 1 says that you should never be using headphones at high volume for more than 60 minutes continuously without taking any break!
  • Headphones can also cause headaches if they don’t fit properly or the device isn’t calibrated correctly; this mainly applies to those who wear headphones for an extended period such as long flights, road trips, etc. Make sure your headphones fit properly before using them for any length of time to avoid undue stress on your head which could result in headaches.
  • Another issue that could cause pain around the jawline is incorrect positioning of the headphone’s speakers; make sure they are comfortable and aren’t resting against your ears unevenly (one higher than another). 


 You know, it’s interesting how we can take something so simple for granted. I mean, who hasn’t used headphones in the past? They’re an essential part of our daily lives and yet they’ve become such a commodity that people don’t give them much thought.

 However, like anything else you put into your body or on your skin – even if only occasionally – there are risks involved with wearing them too long; but by taking appropriate measures (for example limiting hours to 3-4 per day) you’ll be fine! 

So make sure not to get carried away while listening to some tunes this weekend…enjoy responsibly!

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