Earbuds fill your world with endless audio entertainment, no matter the time or place. Whether you’re starting the daily commute, prepping for a biking session or just setting up for a night of relaxation with your favorite tunes, you rely on your in-ear headphones to perform and excel. That’s why it’s so important to be proactive about increasing the lifespan of your earbuds, especially if you’ve invested hundreds of dollars in a high-end model. Luckily, these preservative efforts don’t have to take up much of your time or energy, as long as you’re following the right steps.
At Hearing Components, we’re committed to providing all of the tools and support you need to get the most value and enjoyment out of your in-ear headphones. Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of music lovers improve the quality and longevity of their headphones, both through our innovative Comply™ Foam earbud tips and simple advice on proper earbud maintenance and use. Today, to ensure that your earbuds continue to deliver exceptional listening experiences for many years to come, we’ll be sharing a few key tips on how to maximize the lifespan of your in-ear headphones.
1. Cleanliness is Key
There’s a good reason why many high-end earbuds come packaged with cleaning equipment; all of that sweat, grime, dirt and earwax your headphones pick up over the course of regular use can do a number on their interior components, causing corrosion and loss of sound quality from debris build-up in the sound nozzle. One of the best ways to avoid this issue is to clean your ears out prior to putting your buds in. This step will go a long way in keeping wax and debris out of your earbuds while mitigating your chances of ear infections, so it’s really a win-win for both you and your gear.
Of course, it’s imperative to clean your earbuds frequently, too. Many manufacturers recommend wiping the model down with an alcohol wipe after removing any silicone or foam tips. From there, you’ll want to use a lint-free rag to wipe them down, followed by a light application of hydrogen peroxide with a soft cloth. Last but not least, just use a cotton swab to remove any leftover debris or wax on the unit, and you’re all set. When in doubt, be sure to check in with the manufacturer of your buds for detailed instructions on how to clean your specific product.
How often you should perform these cleaning procedures depends largely on how you use your in-ear headphones. For example, athletes or musicians who wear their earbuds for hours and hours each day should clean them at least a few times each month to minimize internal damage. You won’t have to be so diligent if you only use your buds for a few collective hours across the week, but it never hurts to err on the side of caution here. As long as your unit is mostly free of wax and debris at all times, you’re good to go.
2. Use a Case & Roll up the Cord
We know it’s a bit of a hassle, but storing your buds inside of a secure case after each use really can pay dividends, particularly if you’re traveling with them regularly. An earbud case will stop your unit’s cords from tangling up while keeping its speakers in peak condition. Most importantly, the case will prevent your headphones from being dropped or crushed during travel, keeping all of those delicate components safe. Cases are even more useful for wireless earbuds because they’re much easier to lose track of when you’re simply carrying them around in a pocket or bag. Fortunately, there’s a wealth of durable and stylish cases on the market. Just be sure to prioritize cases that have a slot for each earpiece; these variants will do a much better job of keeping your gear safe and secure.
The cord of your earbuds is made up of several small, relatively fragile cables that can be damaged by tangling. Rolling up the cord of your unit before storing it in its case will protect against tangling and internal damage. With some practice, coiling up your earbud cords only takes a matter of seconds, so this extra safety step won’t slow you down much. Feel free to check out this handy article on a few tactics you can use to coil up your earbud cords without losing your mind.
3. Invest in Protective Earbud Tips
Did you know that certain earbud tips can be equipped with optional features that keep debris from damaging the interior components of your model? For example, our Comply™ Foam Sport tips can be outfitted with SweatGuard™, acoustically transparent filters that protect your earphones while keeping moisture, debris and sweat out. Protective technology like this is a must-have for athletes and musicians who want to enjoy their audio without worrying about sweat corroding the soundport and core of their buds. Once again, getting in touch with the manufacturer of your particular earbud model is a great way to find tips that offer the highest level of protection.
Contact Hearing Components Today
Interested in learning about more ways to boost the resilience and life expectancy of your earbuds? Then don’t hesitate to call or message Hearing Components. We’d be more than happy to offer additional resources or advice to help you keep your audio gear in top form. Last but not least, reach out to us if you want to learn more about our Comply™ Foam products and why they’re regarded as some of the best earbud tips the industry has to offer. We look forward to hearing from you soon.