Can headphones cause vertigo/dizziness?

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  1. Darsus

    Darsus Insatiable bowels - Member

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    OK guys, I've been searching a bit on the net, but I wanted direct opinion from trusted, veteran audiophiles that I can find here.

    For about a year or two, I have had a bit of a problem, feeling unfocused, sometimes unstable, but it culminated during last october when I had an vertigo attack (if I can call it that way) where I couldn't move and felt I will black out. Since that I felt pretty dizzy, I went to a doctor and aparently everything is good, they suggest it's anxiety problem, and that very well might be the case, since I had problems with it in the past (something similar happened to me during the extremely stressful finals year before that), but since I feel no transparent anxiety, I was wondering could headphones produce something like that? Can they make you feel unstable, unfocused and dizzy? In last 4.5 years I've been using headphones a looot, I've been living in small apartments, where neighbours can hear everything, so I use them literally whole day, from time to time I turn my speakers on quietly, when I want to rest my ears.

    If you have similar expiriences, or suggestions, feel free to post.

    Thank you.
     
  2. lm4der

    lm4der A very good sport - Friend

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    Although it seems odd, maybe your ears/brain are getting too tired from extensive listening, or perhaps it is affecting your inner ear. I say go cold turkey for a few days, no listening at all, see if you feel better. Nows your chance to catch up on some reading.
     
  3. Armaegis

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    Dude... go see a different doctor. Yes, headphones can cause a *little* bit of disorientation at times especially if you're playing sine sweeps with phase inversions and whatnot, but not to the extent that it's causing blackouts.

    This could be anything from fatigue to a vitamin deficiency or diabetes or a blod clot or an inner ear infection or... I dunno... polio or something.
     
  4. SteelCannon

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    if you are spending a lot of time sitting that could be a contributing factor. do you have a history of headaches? Have you had an mri done of your neck and brain?
     
  5. fraggler

    fraggler A Happy & Busy Life

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    I feel like this thread could end up worse than the financial advice thread. Like Armaegis suggested, please find a different doctor, and make sure they understand your lifestyle so that they can test the right things. It may be as simple as poor circulation due to too much sitting, or it could be quite a bit worse. No way we can help you here. Hope you get well soon.
     
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    I agree - find a different doctor! Doesn't seem right to attribute those symptoms to anxiety unless they've done some testing to rule out other things...
     

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