Many people love earbuds for their convenience. Some of the pieces don’t have wires; thus, you don’t have to go through the inconvenience of struggling with the wires.
While the pieces come with plenty of benefits, they have one major flaw: they tend to fall out of the ears.
Why earbuds fall out
Earbuds fall out of the ears due to many reasons that include:
Buying the wrong size: While earbuds come in one size fits all, your ears aren’t; therefore, if your ears are too small or too large and you buy the wrong size, the earbuds will keep on falling out.
When you wear earbuds, the little speakers are supposed to fit snugly inside the ear canal, allowing the sound waves to hit the eardrum more directly.
In most cases, the earbuds will fall out when the ear canal is too big such that there is nothing for the pieces to sit against.
When your ear canal is too small, the earbud won’t be able to go in deep; thus, it won’t fit you properly. It will keep on popping out.
There is a buildup of wax in your ears: You will also have a hard time keeping your earbuds in place if you have a lot of wax buildup in your ears.
If the pieces used to fit you properly, but now they don’t, it might be because there is a lot of wax in your ears.
The next time you remove the pieces from the ears, take a look at them. Are they caked in earwax? Wipe them off.
Experts recommend that you let the ears do their self-cleaning, but if you feel that the wax is too much and it’s interfering with your ability to hear, visit a professional who will clean your ears.
Your ears are too close to the jaw: Did you know that earbuds can fail to stay in place if your ears are too close to your jaw?
The earbuds will keep on falling off when the ears lie just behind the temporomandibular joint.
This joint acts as a hinge, allowing you to chew, swallow, and even talk.
When the ears lie just behind these joints, anything that moves the jaw alters the ear canal’s shape. As a consequence, the earbuds keep on falling off.
How to get earbuds to stay in
There are many tricks you can use to keep earbuds in place:
Test a wide range of earbuds: When making the purchase, you shouldn’t buy the first piece you come across.
Take your time to test a wide range of earbuds and settle on the one that gives you the most comfortable fit.
Unlike before, when the earbuds were of only one size, the manufacturers quickly caught on, making earbuds of different sizes.
Due to this, you have a high chance of finding the right pieces for your ears.
When trying out the pieces, you should try them starting with the medium-sized ones. The best way of wearing them is by grabbing your earlobe and pulling it towards the back of your head.
This is to open the ear canal a little wider. After inserting the earbuds, shake your head and jump up and down.
Are the pieces comfortable? If they are, they must be the right ones for your ears.
Wear the earbuds correctly: I can’t mention the number of times my earbuds have fallen off due to wearing them incorrectly.
I make the mistake of wearing the right one on the left side, and vice versa. This can make the pieces keep on falling off.
For you to be on the safe side, be cautious when wearing the pieces. Always ensure that you wear the pieces on the right side.
Invest in custom-made earbuds: If you can afford it, you should invest in custom-made earbuds.
All you need to do is visit an audiologist who will make earbuds that come with a cord that you can plug into your device or insert into your ear, replacing your rubber with foam domes.
Wear noise-canceling headphones: If you can’t afford custom-made earpieces, you should consider buying noise-canceling headphones that are meant to block out background sounds.
All you need to do is to wear your regular earbuds then cover them with the headphones. The earbuds will stay in place due to the presence of headphones.
Tips on how to use earbuds
For you to get the most from the pieces, you need to use them properly. Some of the things you need to do include:
Wear them properly: There is no way you will get the most from the pieces if you don’t wear them properly.
All you need to do is to push them in. When you hear less external noise, you are most likely wearing them correctly.
If you don’t reduce the external noise or the tip feels loose, you should wear headphones with radio with a larger or different tip.
Sometimes you might find that changing the tip doesn’t solve the problem. In such a case, you should try the “lobe tug.”
Here you need to push the headphones on, then gently tug the earlobe down and/or out. You should then push the headphone in, and release the lobe.
If still, this doesn’t work, try the “ear pull” technique. Before you push the earphone in, reach over your head using your hand and gently pull your ear up.
You should then push the earbuds in. Once you are done, release your ear.
It’s common to find that the earbud isn’t working. In such a scenario, try working from different angles before you push the earbuds in.
Are you using flanges or silicon tips? Try moistening the tips using your mouth before you insert them in.
For you to attain the tightest seal, push the hearing protection devices deep into the ear canal, but take care that you don’t damage them.
Take care of the cable: If your earbuds have a cable, you need to take good care of it to get damaged.
You should always keep the cable straight—there shouldn’t be any knots or tangles on it.
For you to avoid the tangles, you need to be cautious when storing the pieces.
As a rule of thumb, ensure that you store the pieces in a bag that allows them to stay untangled.
When listening to the radio, computer, or any device, take care that you don’t trip on them. This is to prevent them from getting damaged.
Watch the volume: You should be cautious of the volume you listen to your device at. As a rule of thumb, ensure that it’s not too high to the extent that it damages your hearing.