How To Wear Earbuds Properly For Better Sound

Even you have the great earbuds, if they don’t fit very well into your ears, you will never get optimum sound–the frequency response curve produced in a way designers aimed to.

Sometimes you may leave a bad review on the product page of your new pair of earbuds (1 or 2 star rating) you just purchased because you wear these earbuds in the wrong way (which not only cause discomfort and sound leakage but a degradation of bass).

Wired earbuds, Bluetooth earbuds, and true wireless earbuds should be worn the same way as they are supposed to – to maximize in ear experience.

In this post I will guide you how to wear earbuds properly (it’s strange that someone still ask this question, because you just do it naturally) for better sound experience – some tips and tricks that you don’t have to fix earbuds’ position in your ears frequently.

To improve the comfort and sound quality, wearing the earbuds correctly is a must and for me an audiophile I don’t really care about it until I dislike the song I love.

Audiologists recommend to wear earbuds in the right angle that the sound will travel straightly to eardrum and snug fit will keep the volume comfortable for your ears (you don’t have to turn music loud to boost enjoyment, which in turn potentially impairs hearing)

how does sound travel into eardrum
Insert the earbuds in the right direction but at first pick the right eartips that fit perfectly into your ears

At first you just put your earbuds on your ears. It is a way to wear earbuds and there is the other way around that you can wear earbuds inversely to the orginal postion.

As far I’ve known there are a couple of different way to wear earbuds: upside down wear (since earbud housing twists and follows the angle) and the other way is simple as normally you do. 

There Are Typically Three Ways To Wear Earbuds

1. Over The Ear In Back, The Wire Is On Your Back (Shure SE215 earbuds)

2. Similar To The First But The Wire You Put Forward, This Method Is Common For Workingout And It Give The Most Secure Fit.

3. And The Most Popular Method: Straight Down, Everyone Does

The method 1 and 2 are applicable for those who don’t wear glasses. If you wear glasses, don’t get earbuds that only allow you have’em on these ways.

4. True Wireless Earbuds

For Airpods Pro or other TWS with eartips you do the same as regular one wire.

Galaxy Buds Live or Airpods are tipsless – they just naturally fit into your ears, but it’s more tricky for Galaxy Buds Live.

How to wear earbuds properly for working out, running, cycling, and exercising: wrap wire behind outer ear, and insert earbuds as normal (on the right ). Personally, I think this is the most appropriate way to secure earbuds in position.

How to wear earbuds in picture

On the side of earbuds housing you will find the “L” refering to wearing on the left, and “R” refering to wearing on the right. Normally hear sound from Left earbud more treble and louder than from the Right earbuds.

From my experience with Sony earbuds, when you change wearing R-earbud on the left ear and L-earbud on the right, the bass will noticeably drop. Ok you should try play some dance music tracks and will find out because it’s really up to earbud’s design sound patterns. 

There is a reason why you should wear correctly to the side check out this link for more information or to be specific it is not the matter of fitting but the sound effects that sometimes are aimed to the specifice side (L or R) through the stereo sound channels. Or listen to this song, in the first 20″ you will only hear some tones only present on the Left earbuds. Check it out

It also depends on your earbuds tips design, most in-ear headphones are inserted into ear canals and you can wear in different ways. You can twist them for further fitting to avoid sound leaking.

Play music, see you have the optimized sound, if not adjust the earbuds by pulling, pushing or twisting them you will notice the difference. Dont’ push them so tight into ear canals. Wear them in the direction that you feel most comfortable.

Let’s See How Other Earbuds Are Worn

How to wear shure earbuds? Shure 535 one of the best shure earbuds.

How to wear shure earbuds

Some Sony earbuds specifically desiged for an active lifestyle such as Sony XBABT75. The direction allows you to wear them in only by this way.

How to wear Sony XBABT75 earbuds

The bose earbuds require you to put the “wing” in to right position. You can only see earbuds tips (SecureStayHear ear tips) from Bose, which provides more secure fit for running for example. However do you take your expensive bose for running? It may get damaged if it drops on the pavement.

How to wear bose earbuds with wing design
The bose quiet comfort with wing design, the most comfortable ANC earbuds

Sony earbuds with loops or clips. The soft loop is hanged on ears, I’s ok if they can be adjustable, otherwise they are too tight or loosen on your ears. The advantage of this design: earbuds will not drop off. However, be careful when handling them, in the most case the clips are cracked.

wear earbuds with loop design

If you listen music in a room, you will feel sound much better than outside or spacious areas. Imagine your ear canal is a small room, if earbuds create sound well enough and better noise-isolation, you will have a perfect music to enjoy. All these things are gained from wearing earbuds properly. 

If Your Earbuds Still Don’t Fit Right

Once properly worn, it’s not easy that the earbuds will fall out even you run very fast. Everyone’s ear is not exactly the same, so If you’ve tried many ways with universal eartips but feel uncomfortable, you may want to look for aftermarket earbud tips, they are varied in more sizes which you can easily figure out a right pair.

Earbuds may be to big for your ears, then you should find something smaller.

Above all after you figure out the right way to wear earbuds, to prevent hearing lost you should limit the volume to 60% of maximum level.

Read more:

The guide how to wear earbuds properly from wikihow

How do you wear your earbuds please comment below!

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