Finding earbuds that fit can be a bit of a nightmare, especially if you have slightly smaller or larger ear canals than average. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to check your earbuds’ fit, and there are many different types so everyone can find something to fit.
So, how do you choose the best size of earbuds? In this guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know, so you can ensure your next earbuds fit just right.
Different Types of Ear Tips for kids with small ears
Whether you have bigger or smaller ears, it is essential to choose the right type and size of ear tips. Let’s take a look at some of the different styles you can choose from:
These are perhaps the most common type and consist of a single layer of silicone to create a seal against the ear. They are available in a range of sizes and thicknesses so that they can fit most ear sizes.
If you don’t find you get a good enough seal with single flange ear tips, bi-flange is the next level to consider. But, there are fewer sizes to choose from in this style, so you might not be able to find something that fits. They tend to be better suited to those with large or deep ear canals, and they can give excellent, deep bass sound.
If you have very deep ear canals, you might like to consider triple flange ear tips. These can help you make the most of your earbuds and get the best sound quality, provided they fit well.
Foam ear tips are designed to mold to the shape of the ear for the very best fit. Foam tips are the best for noise cancelation, thanks to the excellent seal they create. However, they can be difficult to clean and tend not to last as long as their silicone counterparts.
Checking the Fit of your Earbuds
It’s crucial to choose well-fitting earbuds, not just for your comfort and convenience but also for your ear’s health.
There are a few obvious signs that your earbuds don’t fit well, and it might be time to consider a pair of small earbuds. Pain and discomfort during use, as well as frequent ear infections or scratches inside the ear, are definitely red flags.
If your earbuds often pop out when you are wearing them, it could be either because they are too big or too small. Earbuds that are too small don’t have anything to fit against inside the ears and so will fall out easily. On the other hand, earbuds that are too big for the ears won’t go in deep enough. If this is the case, it’s worth looking into specifically-designed Bluetooth earbuds for small ears.
Ensuring your Earbuds Stay in Place
So, you’ve found the perfect earbuds for small ears, how do you get them to stay in place? Here are a few top tips to ensure they won’t pop out while you are using them.
Insert the Eartip Firmly
It’s often the case that pushing the earbud into your ear isn’t going to hold them in place and seal the ear canal properly. You may need to pull on your ear a little to get it into place. You’ll hear the difference straight away when the ear tip is inserted correctly, and it shouldn’t be able to fall out accidentally.
Some earbuds are designed to be inserted very deeply into the ears, while others are not and will sound better when placed just at the ear canals’ edge. Similarly, you might need to adjust the angle to ensure a snug fit in the ear canal. Play around with it to get the best fit for your chosen earbuds.
Choose the Correct Sized Tips
You need to ensure you have a good seal around the ear canal with the earbud’s tip. This might mean experimenting with some of the different types mentioned above or even choosing a different-sized tip for each ear if need be. If you have very small ears, you might like to consider specific in-ear headphones for small ears. And, if you do decide that you need to look for smaller earbuds.
Secure the Earbuds During Activity
Earbuds most often fall out during activities and sports. To stop this from happening, you can pass the cable around the top of the ear and insert the earbuds into the opposite ear than they are intended for.