Re: Jaws and ear pain

Gudrun Brunot

Sounds like a bummer of a problem, Tony. At the risk of seeming flippant, I'd suggest that, maybe, your body is taking care of you--we spend way too much time in front of our computers as it is,(myself included), and your system is telling you to get up and do something more physical, stretching, walking around, anything but sitting there. Typical scenario: "I'll just check my email." So, email leads to a link to check out, a file to download. File takes time. There is an ad that pops up and plays before you get to the contents. Next email is an offer from Amazon on those 64-gigabyte flash drives you think are so great... Link lands you on the toolbar, and you mutter in annoyance and try to scramble out of there. The tenth of your email message has a great mini tutorial on how to do something, and you simply can't pass up saving that in Word on your hard drive... Instead of ten minutes to check your email, an hour has gone by. Okay, you got the message, no need to go on... Have you tried breaking the JAWS time up? Two hours of jawsing, 3-hour break? Another two hours, Two hour break. Then, try JAWS again and see if it makes a difference. I know, often, there is something we need to complete, and we don't feel we have the time for such experimenting. Still, it's the only thing I could think of to try.

Take care,


-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Malykh []
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 7:24 PM
Subject: Jaws and ear pain

Hi all.

(This is my first message, so I beg your pardon if this group is not the right place for such a question).

I am a new user of JAWS and I have a weird problem: my ears hurt when I try to use JAWS for longer than 3-4 hours a day. I am wondering if anyone has experienced anything like this and if there are any suggestions on how to solve or alleviate the problem?

Here is my story in more details. Recently I developed some eyesight problems. I have taught myself to use JAWS, but quickly figured out, that after 3-4 hours of daily usage my ears start to hurt. I tried different voices - no difference, my ears start to hurt after about the same time no matter what the voice is. I tried male, female, human-like and synthesized voices - all alike. I tried voiceover on mac too, same result. The volume is set to minimum at which I can still recognize words, so it is not loud at all. I tried laptop speakers, external speakers, headphones - no difference. I have seen a few ear doctors, but none of them have any idea what's going on. I don't have any other ears problems, except for mild ear ringing, but that is due to teeth grinding during my sleep.
I can listen to real human voices such as audiobooks or radio programs for the whole day (12 hours) without any pain.
I am curious if anyone has experienced anything like this. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you

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