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I bought these airpods very excitedly, and have enjoyed the practicality of using them. However, almost immediately after using them, i starting getting a strong pressure around my ears, specifically the area on my head around my ears. if i try to ignore it and continue using them, then this pain increases, and begins to feel like a pressure. I don't have this issue while using wired headphones, but i DO have this problem if I keep an iphone next to my head while talking. Normally, i use wired headphones and keep the phone away from my head for this very reason. I had also experienced this type of pain/pressure/headache while using bluetooth headsets in the past, but never to the intense level caused by the airpods.


I can only speculate (I'm sure i'll get skewered for using that word) that this has something to do with bluetooth signal, or in the case of the phone, cellular signal, which i've either become hypersensitive to from years of use, or worse. Without going into conspiracy theories about what cell phone manufacturers know or don't know about what radiowaves are doing to us, this is concerning. I'm having to return my airpods sadly, there is no way i can consciously keep using them, not to mention that the headache becomes very strong after while to the point that it can't be ignored. I'll add that I hardly ever get headaches normally, this is an easily identifiable cause for me.

iPhone 6, iOS 11.2.2

Posted on Jan 17, 2018 11:03 AM

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Jan 18, 2018 2:07 PM in response to IdrisSeabright In response to IdrisSeabright

i'm not here to get medical advice, nor to talk about aliens or homeopathy... strange analogy and poor discrediting attempt there??


i'm here for very specific and verifiable reasons, namely, to see if others are having same issue after using airpods with their very strong signal (they are). I don't get headaches, the airpods give me headaches, and in reading about the class of device they are, and the intensity of the waves they emit, its leading me to dig deeper. that's all.

Jan 18, 2018 2:07 PM

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Jan 18, 2018 1:42 PM in response to alexioflexio In response to alexioflexio

now that's funny.


since i posted this i've read thousands of comments like mine, in forums all over the internet. and you're suggesting "see a doctor".. it seems like there is something in the device which needs to "see the doctor".. but maybe this is apple's way of posting a disclaimer.

Jan 18, 2018 1:42 PM

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Jan 18, 2018 7:00 PM in response to alexioflexio In response to alexioflexio

Sounds like you have the mild form of EHS. (Electromagnetic hypersensitivity)

It's called ES.

It's a condition where you can physically feel the damage that radiation does.

I avoid Bluetooth devices now because of it. But cordless home phones are the worst.

Especially the DECT phones that radiate even when not in use.

I would google all of the above, it might save your health.

Jan 18, 2018 7:00 PM

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Jan 18, 2018 1:42 PM in response to alexioflexio In response to alexioflexio

now that's funny.


since i posted this i've read thousands of comments like mine, in forums all over the internet. and you're suggesting "see a doctor".. it seems like there is something in the device which needs to "see the doctor".. but maybe this is apple's way of posting a disclaimer.

Jan 18, 2018 1:42 PM

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Jan 18, 2018 1:56 PM in response to alexioflexio In response to alexioflexio

Sudden headaches can be a sign of something serious. They are not to be messed around with. This is not the appropriate place to get medical advice.


I've also seen thousands of posts online saying people have been abducted by aliens or that homeopathy works. That doesn't make it so.

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Jan 18, 2018 2:07 PM in response to IdrisSeabright In response to IdrisSeabright

i'm not here to get medical advice, nor to talk about aliens or homeopathy... strange analogy and poor discrediting attempt there??


i'm here for very specific and verifiable reasons, namely, to see if others are having same issue after using airpods with their very strong signal (they are). I don't get headaches, the airpods give me headaches, and in reading about the class of device they are, and the intensity of the waves they emit, its leading me to dig deeper. that's all.

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Jan 18, 2018 2:10 PM in response to alexioflexio In response to alexioflexio

While you are out looking for people with headaches be sure to search for blind tests of non-ionizing radiation, such as Bluetooth and WiFi. If you go for the simplest explanation of your issue it is the shape of your ear and the pressure of the phone upon it and the fit of the IEMs. The other explanation, sensitivity to BT and WiFi and cell signals even, has been extensively tested and rejected.


Have you shopped in an Apple Store? Do you get a headache the instant you walk near it?

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Jan 18, 2018 2:31 PM in response to alexioflexio In response to alexioflexio

alexioflexio wrote:


I bought these airpods very excitedly, and have enjoyed the practicality of using them. However, almost immediately after using them, i starting getting a strong pressure around my ears, specifically the area on my head around my ears. if i try to ignore it and continue using them, then this pain increases, and begins to feel like a pressure. I don't have this issue while using wired headphones, but i DO have this problem if I keep an iphone next to my head while talking. Normally, i use wired headphones and keep the phone away from my head for this very reason. I had also experienced this type of pain/pressure/headache while using bluetooth headsets in the past, but never to the intense level caused by the airpods.


I can only speculate (I'm sure i'll get skewered for using that word) that this has something to do with bluetooth signal, or in the case of the phone, cellular signal, which i've either become hypersensitive to from years of use, or worse. Without going into conspiracy theories about what cell phone manufacturers know or don't know about what radiowaves are doing to us, this is concerning. I'm having to return my airpods sadly, there is no way i can consciously keep using them, not to mention that the headache becomes very strong after while to the point that it can't be ignored. I'll add that I hardly ever get headaches normally, this is an easily identifiable cause for me.

Don't analyze them. Return them and get your money back.

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Jan 18, 2018 7:00 PM in response to alexioflexio In response to alexioflexio

Sounds like you have the mild form of EHS. (Electromagnetic hypersensitivity)

It's called ES.

It's a condition where you can physically feel the damage that radiation does.

I avoid Bluetooth devices now because of it. But cordless home phones are the worst.

Especially the DECT phones that radiate even when not in use.

I would google all of the above, it might save your health.

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Jan 18, 2018 7:06 PM in response to Salmanor In response to Salmanor

Fancy name but there is absolutely no controlled tests that confirm there is such a thing. If you are avoiding Bluetooth you had better not leave your home. Period. And my DECT phones don't "radiate" when not in use. All of the things you describe are non-ionizing radiation. They do no cellular damage.

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Jan 18, 2018 7:36 PM in response to deggie In response to deggie

Non-ionising means the radiation isn't strong enough to knock electrons away causing a chemical change on a molecular level.

But it does cause something called 'oxidative stress' which is cumulative.

Specifically that means you can't measure the consequences in the same way you would a normal action/reaction experiment.

That is why there are so many conflicting results.

Our bodies work on electrical signals and there's no way our man made signals don't interact with them on some level.

If you can prove non-ionising radiation doesn't cause oxidative stress then I'll listen to you. Until then, I know it's possible for some people to respond adversely to oxidative stress. Whether it be through headaches, anxiety, depression, aches, prickly skin, head foggines or an array of other flight or fight response mechanisms. I call that type of stress damaging in the same way I call emotional stress damaging when exposed to enough of it. You couldn't call one single experience the cause.

It is again, cumulative.

As for not leaving your home, radiation drops off exponentially with distance. We are talking about two radiating devices directly either side of your brain. Not walking past someone who has Bluetooth switched on.

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