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I got my AirPods a few weeks ago, right as they came out, and since the first time I put them on I've noticed that I start getting pressure headaches after a few minutes of use. I find this odd, as I've never had issues with the EarPods and I've used those ever since they came out. I also have another pair of Bluetooth headphones that I use with my Playstation, and I've never had an issue with those either. I've tried everything I can think of, including not putting them all the way in and just letting them kinda sit outside my ear canal.


The headaches aren't intense, but the slow building pressure is not exactly fun deal with. Has anyone else run into this issue? Better yet, has anyone else found a solution to this issue? I love these things, but they are getting hard to wear!

AIRPODS, iOS 10.2

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Mar 9, 2017 1:56 PM in response to jcmoney1010 In response to jcmoney1010

I returned Airpods due to the same issue. I noticed that I started to have headache about 3 days after and got worse. So, I stopped using it and got better. Then, tried one at a time. I felt numbness and tingling on my half of face and head on the same side where I put one Airpod on.


I'm totally fine now since I returned it and stopped using it. It seems like I was not the only person.

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Jan 9, 2017 12:18 PM in response to jcmoney1010 In response to jcmoney1010

I have been using Bluetooth earbuds for years, usually Plantronics, without issues. I was anticipating the AirPods but was concerned about them fitting my ears, as I couldn't wear the wired earpods comfortably. My solution was to just sort of place them in my ears, without trying to make them fit deeply. I loved the feeling of freedom, loved the sound, and convenience. However, I began noticing a feeling of "pressure", then a lot of headaches. The headaches seemed to slowly go away when I removed the AirPods. Then I would insert them again, and the pressure and headaches began again. There is no physical pressure to the ear, nor any pain on the ear itself. This effect is consistent, pretty much whenever I wear them, even though they are not inserted to any degree, just sort of stay placed easily onto the ear. I also am prone to migraines and worry that somehow, these exacerbate that vulnerability, although I don't know why.

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Jan 9, 2017 12:18 PM in response to jcmoney1010 In response to jcmoney1010

I have been using Bluetooth earbuds for years, usually Plantronics, without issues. I was anticipating the AirPods but was concerned about them fitting my ears, as I couldn't wear the wired earpods comfortably. My solution was to just sort of place them in my ears, without trying to make them fit deeply. I loved the feeling of freedom, loved the sound, and convenience. However, I began noticing a feeling of "pressure", then a lot of headaches. The headaches seemed to slowly go away when I removed the AirPods. Then I would insert them again, and the pressure and headaches began again. There is no physical pressure to the ear, nor any pain on the ear itself. This effect is consistent, pretty much whenever I wear them, even though they are not inserted to any degree, just sort of stay placed easily onto the ear. I also am prone to migraines and worry that somehow, these exacerbate that vulnerability, although I don't know why.

Jan 9, 2017 12:18 PM

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Jan 9, 2017 8:08 PM in response to janels1 In response to janels1

This is exactly the issue I was having. I've also started wearing them loosely in my ear, and this has resulting in sporatic results. Sometimes it doesn't give me any issues, other times I still receive headaches. Not sure what to make of it, the only thing I can think of is that the air being produced from the sound is not able to escape my ear canal and that's what's causing the headaches.


let me know if you come up with any better solutions.

Jan 9, 2017 8:08 PM

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Mar 9, 2017 1:56 PM in response to jcmoney1010 In response to jcmoney1010

I returned Airpods due to the same issue. I noticed that I started to have headache about 3 days after and got worse. So, I stopped using it and got better. Then, tried one at a time. I felt numbness and tingling on my half of face and head on the same side where I put one Airpod on.


I'm totally fine now since I returned it and stopped using it. It seems like I was not the only person.

Mar 9, 2017 1:56 PM

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Mar 20, 2017 8:19 AM in response to jcmoney1010 In response to jcmoney1010

Finally got my airpods after a long wait. Loved them for the first day and a half. used them almost non-stop for an entire day, except the 15 minutes it took to charge every few hours. took a few conference calls, listened to several hours of an audio book while i cleaned up around the house. all in all, about 9 - 10 hours of continuous usage (except for charge times). went to sleep and woke up with a small pressure behind my eye. the pain kept going for the next 6 hours and grew to intense unbearable, pulsing headache. finally took 2 advil, and passed out for about 4 hours. woke up with a lingering dull pain. 2 days later (today) feeling fine. Will try the airpods again, maybe with less usage and see if I get the headaches again. the headache was really intense.


couldnt do anything but sleep. really love my airpods, but if it gives me another headache, will have to return. =[. love them and super convenient. but the pain is horrible, and a whole day wasted.


lots of articles out there describing the lack of research by fcc on bluetooth dangers. most articles state research has not deemed bluetooth safe, but rather the lack of research to deem bluetooth unsafe has left them categorized as safe.


I have been a bluetooth headset user for many years. have a sena s3 kit on my motorcycle helmet, typical usage 1 - 2 hours continuous for 2 sessions. 4 hours total a day. Plantronics backbeat go 2 for many years. typically for boarding a flight, workouts or short flights 2 - 3 hours continuous usage a day.


I've never had headaches before, but I've never used bluetooth headsets for as long in a day as I did with the airpods.

Mar 20, 2017 8:19 AM

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Mar 23, 2017 1:28 PM in response to jcmoney1010 In response to jcmoney1010

I have been using Bluetooth gadgets for years and never had problems with these. Although I have problems with 5ghz wifi ... I began noticing the same feeling of pressure and headaches when I connected my AirPods to my iMac over iCloud for the first time. It's even worse when I'm having a phone call, but I feel the headache (and tinitus) even when my AirPods are far away - in the other room - from me in the case.


I think I'll return them ...

Mar 23, 2017 1:28 PM

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Mar 23, 2017 2:27 PM in response to darlok In response to darlok

When connected to your iMac it isn't over iCloud it is via Bluetooth. And if the AirPods are in their case in another room they are turned off and aren't transmitting anything. You should return them and use the money to see a doctor.

Mar 23, 2017 2:27 PM

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Mar 26, 2017 2:00 PM in response to deggie In response to deggie

I know they are connected over Bluetooth 4, but I felt no headache before I connected they over my iCloud account with my iMac. There are several tests from some people with measuring instruments which clarified that even in the case the AirPods are sending. It doesn't depend how strong the signal is, but the frequency sending.


I'm really no one who condemns Bluetooth - no, I love new technologies. This is what makes me so sad ... I love my new AirPods and I would love if I could wear them like my Bluetooth headsets before 😟

Mar 26, 2017 2:00 PM

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Mar 26, 2017 2:19 PM in response to darlok In response to darlok

I looked and found no tests that send the AirPods are transmitting while closed in the case. The only time they might do so would be if you hold the button down on the case to place them in pairing mode to connect to a device that doesn't support the W1 chip. Even if they did transmit they would be limited to about 33 feet in range and even less in this case as the case would severely hamper the range. You said they were "far away" in another room.

Mar 26, 2017 2:19 PM

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Apr 25, 2017 12:21 AM in response to jcmoney1010 In response to jcmoney1010

Same issue here. Love everything else about them but as I had a couple of long calls using either actual phone call or voip apps and started getting this pressure headache kind of behind and next to my ears. Never had this issue with more extended usage hours using the wired iPhone EarPods. It gradually gets better when I take them off then back to headache when I put them back on and do one more phone call. Just took them off 5 minutes ago after last call and headache slowly getting better. It's true that it feels like some sort of pressure.

Apr 25, 2017 12:21 AM

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May 3, 2017 5:56 PM in response to jcmoney1010 In response to jcmoney1010

I have been having back of head headaches and slight nausea since beginning to use the airpods, i thought it was unrelated to airpods but see many others have similar symptoms. @apple - whats the story here? The product idea is great but have these been sufficiently tested?

May 3, 2017 5:56 PM

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May 3, 2017 6:08 PM in response to specialk420 In response to specialk420

So how many millions of people do you see with this issue? Because they can't make them fast enough to keep up with sales. I've seen less than 10 people complain about pressure. I don't get the symptoms you do nor does anyone else I know who has them. I would suggest you make an appointment with your doctor and take them with you.

May 3, 2017 6:08 PM

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