Headphones are very useful for listening to music or other media while continuing to move and exercise or when you do not want to disturb those around you. What is less practical, however, is the annoying tendency that they always fall out of our ears. Of course, we all have ears of different shapes and sizes, so it may take several purchases before you find the rare pearl. But before investing in a new pair, you can already consider a few tips to keep the one you already have in place.
Method 1 of 2: Improve the fit of your headphones
Step 1. Pass the cable over your ears
Try inserting your headphones "upside down" and routing the cable behind your ears to secure it, instead of letting it hang straight down.
The sensation may take some getting used to if you are not used to it, but this technique prevents the atria from being torn off every time the cable is pulled slightly by movement
Step 2. Insert the headphones deep into your ears
These devices are designed to sit firmly in your ear canal. If yours don't fit comfortably in your ears, you may just need to be more careful about how you insert them.
Gently pull on your earlobe with one hand to fully open the ear canal while you place an earpiece with the other hand. Then, release the lobe to let your duct tighten around the device and thus lock it inside
Step 3. Use the tips that are sold with the headphones
Feel free to experiment with these additional foam or silicone tips to find the size that is most comfortable for your body type. It is even possible that your ears are not exactly the same size and that two different eartips work best for each.
Step 4. Obtain special tips
It is possible to buy accessories to add to the headphones you already have in order to improve their shape, especially if you want, for example, to use the lower quality models that were in your phone box. The “Yurbuds”, which are soft rubber tips designed to keep the devices securely in place inside the ears, are particularly popular and are even customizable for different sizes.
Step 5. Do not clean your ears with cotton swabs
Too much earwax can prevent your earbuds from fitting properly in the ear canal. Using cotton swabs to remove earwax can actually push it further against your eardrums, causing blockage and possibly discomfort when wearing headphones. So avoid cotton swabs and do not hesitate to consult a doctor if you suspect an obstruction in your ear canal.
Method 2 of 2: Buy the right headphones
Step 1. Choose some with ear hooks for sports
If you are going to use your headphones during your workouts, the simple rounded versions are probably not enough, even if the size is the perfect fit. Invest in a specialized sports pair equipped with hooks or a headband to guarantee comfort and safety throughout your session.
While devices with hooks that go around the ear are a popular choice with athletes, some can irritate the skin if worn for extended periods of time. Alternatives with smaller hooks or a wireless function exist if you are having this problem
Step 2. Think about the “sweat-proof” versions
If you wear your headphones during intense exercise sessions or in hot weather, the sweat may cause them to fall regularly. So look for models presented as resistant to perspiration to avoid this problem.
Step 3. Provide water resistant devices for use in all weather
If your headphones are likely to be exposed to water, for example in an endurance racing or winter sports context, prefer water-resistant versions to protect them as well as possible and keep them in place.
- Check the international protection rating (marked as "IP") on the box to make sure the product is certified water or sweat resistant. Indeed, some brands sometimes wrongly claim it. For example, the IPX4 rating represents the standard for sports headphones that are sweat resistant, but not completely waterproof.
- It is even possible to find models that can be used in swimming! The latter present the IPX8 index.
Step 4. Choose wireless devices if yours have a tendency to get stuck
If the main reason for losing your headphones is because the cable is constantly getting pulled or stuck in something, try a wireless version. These devices are usually a bit more expensive, but if you use them regularly, the investment may be worth it. Nowadays, a huge range of these wireless Bluetooth models are available for sale.
Step 5. If necessary, find a version designed for smaller sizes
If, despite your best efforts, you never manage to keep your headphones in your ears, it may be that your ear canals are just particularly small. In this case, you can buy devices specially designed to suit small sizes.
- Women are likely to have smaller than average ears, which can prevent their headphones from fully entering their ear canals. Fortunately, there are many that are sold with “Extra Small” tips or that are even marketed especially for women.
- Some people lack cartilage in the part of the ear that normally encompasses the device. It's a medical issue: if you've always had difficulty wearing headphones, it might be a good idea to have your ears checked and buy models that offer more support, such as those with hooks.