How to Wear Earbuds the Right Way

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Your earbuds are so much more than just a simple tool for enjoying your audio. These small devices represent a haven of energy, passion and inspiration, your ticket to a private show with all of the musicians, podcasters and authors you adore. But if you want to unleash the full potential of these listening experiences, it’s imperative to learn how to wear your earbuds correctly. That’s right, if you’re like a vast majority of in-ear headphone users out there, you’re probably using them the wrong way. Fortunately, your friends here at Hearing Components are here to help.

At Hearing Components, we specialize in creating awe-inspiring listening experiences through innovative audio products. Our Comply™ Foam earbud tips utilize proprietary viscoelastic memory foam technology to conform to the unique shape of your ear canal, offering peerless comfort, grip and sound isolation. We’re also passionate about providing all of the resources and advice our fellow audio lovers need to get the most out of their in-ear headphones. So today, we’ll be taking a few minutes to teach you about the best way to wear your earbuds. But before we jump in, let’s talk about why proper earbud use is so important.

The Impact of Incorrect Earbud Use

Wearing your earbuds the wrong way—or using the wrong type of earbud tip—can drastically reduce the quality of your aural entertainment sessions. Forcing the tips of your earbuds in without preparation can damage your ears, resulting in sharp, painful bouts of earache. Moreover, improper insertion can cause your tips to rest in your ear the wrong way, causing them to slip out frequently or deliver an inferior level of sound quality. If you want to avoid these annoyances and pull maximum value out of each listening experience, correct earbud use is key.

Now that you have a solid understanding of why wearing your earbuds the right way is so pivotal to the quality of your audio enjoyment, here are three simple steps you can use to optimize your earbud listening sessions.

Step 1. Control Your Earbud Cords

Unless they’re effectively controlled, earbud cords can snag on a variety of objects and body parts, yanking your buds out of your ears and ripping you away from your audio. Thankfully, there are a few tools you can use to prevent these jarring and potentially damaging interruptions. Some wired earbuds come with an attached shirt clip and cable cinch to keep their cords out of your way, minimizing distraction and the potential for cable snags. If all else fails, you might want to consider looking into wireless earbuds. These products remove the hassle of cords entirely, making them very popular among athletes and other audio enthusiasts who can’t abide interruptions in their listening sessions.

Step 2. Use Foam Earbud Tips

If you’ve ever experienced ear fatigue after an hour or so of in-ear headphone use, it was likely the result of your silicone tips. Silicone is a relatively hard material that wears on your ears very quickly, causing an aching pain that forces you away from your music. Worse yet, standard silicone earbud tips don’t conform to your ear’s specific size and shape, resulting in an overly loose or tight fit that either harms your ears or causes your earbuds to fall out at every inopportune moment.

Luckily, you can avoid all of these problems with the right set of foam tips. For example, Comply™ Foam products are designed to change with your ear canal as it reacts to changes in movement and temperature, forming a dynamic custom fit that maximizes comfort and in-ear retention. This seal also ensures that your audio won’t leak bass on its way to your ear, creating richer sound. Put simply, if you want to enjoy your audio the way its creators intended, then foam earbud tips are an absolute must.

Step 3. Insert Your Foam Tips Properly

Here’s a short guide you should follow when inserting any form of foam earbud tip. Doing so will ensure a snug, comfortable fit that delivers the best listening experience possible.


Roll your earbud tip into a thin, round cylinder. This will feel just like rolling a foam earplug for insertion.


Hold your device in one hand while using your free hand to pull your outer ear back and out to the side. This step will help to straighten out your ear canal.


While holding the outer ear in place, insert the foam tip into your ear canal. Be sure not to force the tip in, and don’t try to insert it without compressing it fully first. If the tip re-expands before you fit it into your ear, just roll it back up again and attempt insertion again.


Once your foam tip is inserted, gently hold the device in place for around 15 to 30 seconds. When you release the device, it should fit snugly and comfortably in your ear.


Repeat the steps above for your other ear.

Note: If you follow these steps exactly and are still experiencing discomfort, you might be using a tip that’s too large for your ear. While foam tips are very flexible, they come in small, medium and large sizes. Trying out a tip size that’s one size below the one you’re using should rectify this issue.

Contact Hearing Components Today

Are you interested in learning more about tips for headphones or how to wear earbuds correctly? Then don’t hesitate to call or message Hearing Components. Also, feel free to reach out to us if you would like more information on our Comply™ Foam products and why they’re the best earbud tips for any audio lover. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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