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Music-Induced Migraine

  • By Sofia33

    For the past 18 months, I’ve been getting migraines when I hear music in small spaces (cars, headphones, my office). Volume doesn’t seem to be a factor. I have no problem with loud concerts, music in bars, etc., and it doesn’t seem to matter what type of music I listen to. I just can’t handle any music in small spaces. I can’t find anything on the net to explain it or help me figure out how to deal with this. Does anyone have suggestions?

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  • By Sofia33

    Thank you Nancy. Migraines are so horrible and it’s nice to have some support. It’s just so strange though. I really want to be able to listen to my music again. Music is my way of relaxing and I can’t seem to listen to anything outside of these larger areas. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I go to a loud concert and I’m fine. I try playing something in my car, even at low volume, and I can’t make it through an entire song before I feel a migraine coming on. I’m just hopeful someone has an idea of what’s going on and how to work with this.

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  • By Sofia33

    Thanks for the links. I’ll keep you posted. I just really want to be able to listen to music again.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Sofia33,

    Thank you for reaching out to us for some information. If there is music, anywhere, I truly dislike, it will irritate me and may provoke a migraine attack, no matter what sort of space I’m in. It may be the small space combined with volume that is a trigger.

    I have a great pair of small earplugs that are helpful for noise, made by Weatherex. Maybe a general search of noise cancelling earbuds would help?

    I’m sure others will be along at some point to share their experiences with you too.

    Wishing you a low pain day,
    Nancy

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