My husband has been complaining of extreme pain when talking on the phone only. He describes it as a sharp pain that goes from his ear through his brain. This started with cell phone use and now it is with the use of any phone (cell or land line). Does anyone have any idea what this could be?
I have this exact problem. I also have an "Acoustic Neuroma" - which is a benign tumor on the auditory nerve. Every doctor has told me that the pain and the tumor are not related. I would love to find out if anyone else has this pain and this tumor. They found my tumor by doing an MRI after I went in complaining of severe pain when I use my cell phone and also when I laid down on that side for an extended period of time.
yes,my boyfriend has this very same problem..he cant use a mobile without using a headset...gets a searing haedache and earache if he does...now,he cant talk on landlines either...does any one really have a clear idea abt what d problem is..?
Thank you for the post. I have the same issue - it started with a mobile phone several years ago and has extended to now to all phones unless I am using the loudspeaker option. ENTs in South Australia have been unable to assist and the search for a solution continues. So far only physio treatment has been of assistance.
I suffer with the same problem but it also extends to when I use my laptop (without any noise or headset) or anything electrical or battery operated...ie digital camera, mobile phone or landline!!....it is becoming a real pain and very uncomfortable!
It's called electro sensitivity -- I also got it from cell phone and cordless phone use. I am now sensitive to anything electrical -- it causes pain if I use them for a few minutes. Look it up on the web (sometimes as electromagnetic (hyper) sensitivity) and definitely move your bed away from anything electrical (including cordless phones).
Me, too. My cell phone is a LG NV (older model, from 2 years ago) and I had extreme left ear pain and a headache approximately 2 weeks ago which got worse when I used my phone (I tend to hold phone to my left ear). I didn't think about it at the time, but I had lost my headset and had been doing the direct phone-to-ear thing for a month before this.
I JUST returned from two weeks in the Bahamas. When I left, it was suggested I shut my cell phone off b/c of exorbitant roaming charges. I did. It's only been one day that I've returned, started using my phone, and the left side of my head is significantly warm to the touch and now my left ear is...not quite aching, but bothersome.
I've been seeing more and more blurbs about cancer and cell phones. I'm not saying I (or any of you) have cancer, but I KNOW, without doubt, the heat on the left side of my face and ear pain are not MY IMAGINATION and definitely correlate with my cell phone use. This is concerning me enough that I am going to replace my cell phone (with the hope that it's just my old one that is causing these symptoms).
From reading the other posts, I nonetheless wonder what, if any, the common denominators are. Can others who are experiencing ear/headache pain please answer:
(1) Do you typically use the same ear when talking on your cell?
(2) Do you have ear pain which correlates to the ear you use when talking on you cell?
(3) Do you use a headset? And, if so, does your ear/headache pain dissipate when you do?
(4) How old is you cell phone? How old is the battery? What make/model is your cell phone and battery?
(5) Does you ear/head pain get worse when you use your cell phone? Does it improve if you go for any period of time when you are NOT using it?
I am using a smart phone from a big manufacturer. I use a VOIP software thru wireless internet on the phone. I have long sessions on the phone . about 30 minutes to 50 minutes. I noticed recently earache and headache close to the ear on the side of the phone I am using (left ear or right ear)
I switched to a wired earphone and the pain has gone.
The pain comes back when I use the phone directly.
I strongly feel the headache and earache is caused by the long use of the phone.
Please note the pain might be due to usage of VOIP over wireless. I have seen no pain in regular phone usage even for 5 to 10 minutes.
Interesting. As mentioned above, I used a mobile phone several years ago for 30 min and had severe earaches for days. As I almost discontinued the use of mobile phones, it disappeared until my employer introduced VOIP technology and pain again occurred after a few min of phone conversation. It can only be avoided when using the loudspeaker function on wireless phones. Prevention, ie low use of any phones and treatment by a physio are my two recommendations. Otolaryngologists so far have been unable to assist. If you are aware of any good specialist in Australia, I would be grateful for any contact details.
I too have experienced the ear/head pain when using my motorola cell phone. I used my right ear until the pain was so bad that I switched to the left ear. The pain is now in both. I have mild headaches and sometimes pain in my neck. I now use a bluetooth and it helps. My phone is almost two years old. I went to the doctors and told them I thought that my cell phone usage could be the cause but they concluded that I had an ear infection. I took antibiotics for the full ten days and the pain seem to go away but only returned when I started using my cell phone again. I'm changing my cell phone to an iphone but I'm not sure that this is the answer to cure this ongoing problem.
I am so happy to read all this about cell phones and ear problems because I have this problem also. Everyone told me I was crazy. I don't know what to do about this. Did anyone find a doctor who said it was called something?
I have ear pain and ringing since I got my new blackberry. It started 3 months ago at the same time I got the phone. I will try to use the ear set and not put the phone to my ear for a week to confirm this. This new phone does bother my ear. I have seen my doctor and did a one week prednesone and Z pack to make sure I dont have an inner ear infection. A CT scan will be done this week. I still think it is the phone.
I started to experience these symptoms of ear pain and a plugged up sensation after using my cell phone over a year ago. This pain was in the right ear, the same one I would hold the phone to. I started to switch to my left ear but the pain would still happen in the right ear, even after only a few minutes of talking. I got a different phone but this didn't help. I have no problems like this with landlines just the cell phone. I have since in the last month or so started using the speaker on my cell phone for all calls and this problem has improved significantly.
Yes I have the same problem too. I was looking for answers on the web and I see I am not the only one. I was in holiday for a month and I was using a different phone (Nokia N95)and I forgot about this problem. When I came back I started using my old phone (Sony Ericsoon V630i) Every time I used it I got a strange filling on both sides of my head/ear relatively.
I am not an expert but somehow (Doing some web research) I have came to some conclusion so I would be able to prevent this problem as much as possible.
I have used a computer quiet extensively because that is my job and somehow I always find myself near my PC. I noticed that after one or two hours of use, I was feeling very tired and my neck/back nerves very tense. My legs where also getting very cold from the powerful PC ventilation. I realised I could have probably breathed a lot of dust from it as well. Not healthy for sure.
AS soon as I was going away from it and relaxing in a bed for sometime I was fine. The worse was when I used my PC in my bedroom. I realised I was breathing that polluted air even on my sleeping time. I tried to work with my window open; it helped but to an extent. Before I knew I had sinus problems.
I decided to leave my PC behind the door so no bad air would come in my room and it helped a lot.
I had plugged all my electrical in one extension lead so I made sure that was always turned off when I slept.
The worse again was the phone in my pocket everyday and the use of it.
Conclusion: I think it might have something to do with metal toxins in your body / maybe wrong?
Myself I think I am more sensitive to radio waves and probably to electromagnetic fields.
Hi, Ive got the same problem, I hopw with using the hands free it will get better, so far it hasnt. I woke up this morning with the pain in my ear that usually only happens after talking for some time on the phone,it use to take about 1/2 hr to happen but then it became about a min, now I havnt even used it today....... I changed ears but now that on hurts quick too. I get a sharp pain in the head at times that comes and goes. I have a nokia n95 that I got about 6months ago. It seems to get hot quickly when in a call.
I have the same pain in my left ear where I hold the phone. It has been building up in severity over the past 1.5 years. The pain in the left ear kicks in now also when I try to use the movie/music headset on an airplane. So I find myself juggling 1/2 the headset to my right ear only on the plane.
I am suffering a bout of severe ear pain now, which in my case has been a chronic, recurring condition for some years. As a reporter and assignment editor I spent many years with a phone scrunched between my ear and shoulder as I took notes and typed, until I began having this pain. Doctors I have spoken to say they have never heard of it, but two other friends in the journalism business suffer from the same condition, and believe it is from the same cause. The pain begins near the back of the ear and radiates out until it seems to emanate from nearly the entire side of my head. The pain is excruciating and usually builds to a crescendo, then subsides, but it can last several hours at a time. I would be interested in knowing if anyone else has experience with this particular condition, and if so, whether they have received any advice from their doctors. All I know to do is take pain killers and bear it until it wears off -- plus, avoid any phone use whatsoever.
I had the same symptoms -- ear pain from cell phone use. At first the pain wouldn't start unless I spoke for more than 10 minutes then it went down to 5 minutes then just a minute. Then the same pain occurred when I used cordless phones and eventually even regular phones. In addition, at my worst, about two years ago -- I was getting extremely anxious all the time and had sleeping problems.
My doctors said I was completely healthy as well -- but after a lot of research, I discovered I have electromagnetic sensitivity. Basically, it's like radiation sickness -- I was exposed to too much and my body was overloaded. It means that I am also now "allergic" to electro magnetic fields -- and I have to limit my use of all electrical appliances.
I only use speaker phones now (or skype). My advice is to look into electromagnetic sensitivity -- and turn off all home wifi networks and cordless phones. And don't sleep near anything plugged in.
You'd think with so many people experiencing discomfort something could be done to improve the harshness of these electronic devices. In the past year or two, my left ear (most common phone ear) has been aching like crazy after cell phone calls. However, I havent made a call in 2 days and it still hurts a bit while I'm sitting hear on my laptop. It hurt less when I used the blackberry curve, but after dropping that in the toilet (fatal mistake) i'm back to my old nokia 2610 (?) which makes me face and ear really hot and sore. This can't be good from us twenty years from now. Bad stuff.
I read all the comments posted here with great concern. I just started developing a pain in my left ear - where I normally place my Blackberry Curve. Most of my calls are short. I really don't like to talk on the cell phone because of the microwave issue etc. I have notice a pressure build in my ear after spending time on the cell. No ringing sensation though. But the other day I was on the cell phone for one hour straight. Immediately after the call I started to develop a sharp pain in the front of my earlobe. It has lasted for days now. I was thinking it was my type of cell phone but after reading the comments poster here I am not longer sure if it is the Blackberry Curve or not. I had a Treo 600 and 700p but the got so hot I stopped using them but I never had this type of pain before. I hurts to press on the area infront of my ear. It really has not subside. Based on comments here I am not going to start holding the phone on my right side, that's for sure. Instead I will always use my headset.
Even my ear pains when I use the phone ( Mobile or Landline). I have consulted several doctors and even underwent MRI. All the reports seems to be fine (no issue) but the pain persists when I use the phone.
off late my phone utilization has come down a lot but of course certain calls are unavoidable.
Is there a solution to this problem ? Can any one refer me to a good doctor?
I have been trying to research as well for the same issue of mine. My problem is with Apple Iphones . When the devices are around me, a sharp pain shoots up in the ear which is close to the iphone and then feels like a killing pain traversing through the brain. I personally never had an ipone but there are so many crazy people out there who carry these a lot and when i am near a person who is having this device it creates a hell for me. I am scared of going into public places scared of an iphone now. Not sure how to handle .