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Why Do My Ears Hurt When Putting on and Wearing Headphones?

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Reasons Why Your Ears May Hurt When Putting on or Wearing Headphones

  • During dry season, you may experience a tingle in your ear when putting headphones on.

    Note: This is normal as long as the tingle is quick and doesn't last.

  • Having unusually dry skin can store static electricity in humans. A large amount of static electricity in the body and having contact with electrical devices at the same time can cause a stress on the device and/or on your body.

    Note: You can avoid this from happening by wearing clothing of natural materials which can't store static electricity.

  • The design may not fit your head and/or ears. They may be too big, too small, or too tight.

    Note: Try different designs and shapes to find one that fits comfortably.

  • You may be experiencing a symptom called listener fatigue. That is where your eardrums work hard to manage the volume that flows through your ear canal. The louder the volume, the bigger the strain on your eardrums, which then causes the feeling of fatigue.

    Note: Try lowering the volume or take a break from wearing them for a while.

  • How long have you been wearing the headphones? The longer you wear headphones, the more your ears may hurt.

    Note: You may need to limit your headphone usage.