Up until two years ago I suffered from Labyrinthitis which is caused by a virus that attacks the inner ear, similar to a common cold. The symptoms lasted for four years and I look back on that period as one of the worst in my life. I put on over 70 pounds in weight, hardly moved and when I did it consisted of slow walking and I was pretty miserable.
I was unlucky because 90% of people who catch the virus only suffer balance problems for a few weeks, but for some reason there are those of us whose brains do not realise that the inner ear is damaged (changed shape) and so we get dizzy over and over and over again. Day after day. I am also lucky because some people have the symptoms for decades and once I realised it had gone life got better, I got a lot thinner and things returned to normal.
And then I bought the AirPods Pro.
I have been using the Jaybird Tarah wireless headphones recently and they have been brilliant and previous to that the Beats X with the occasional stints using the previous AirPods models.
For some reason, however, the AirPods Pro are causing me to experience the dizziness again and I don’t think I am imagining it. I have tried a day without them and had no problems, but if I use them for more than 2 hours I experience the sensation of dizziness, a very familiar feeling that is not pleasant and which I believed I would not experience again.
I think it’s the noise cancellation feature that is doing it. I always use the feature when using headphones and in the case of the AirPods the strange sensation of cutting out exterior noise is much more apparent than with other models I have tried. It is the only thing that I can presume to be causing this problem, but I am certain that the new AirPods are making me dizzy after testing them over a few days.
Of course I cannot be 100% certain and there is evidence that using headphones for long periods can exacerbate balance issues, but I have not had this problem with any other set.