It’s simple, you either are wearing the earphones wrong, or have the wrong earphones all together. Sounds obvious?
Let me explain.
You see, it is common to see innovators plugged to their phones or laptops when putting together parts of what they believe should one day save the world.
While there’s nothing wrong in refilling your dose of inspiration with your favorite beats, white noise or podcast, if you are wearing your earphones wrong, the vibe you seek won’t last long.
Yes, there is a right way and a wrong way. And it doesn’t matter whether or not the earphones are marked.
Of course it is better when the R and L marks are placed in a way to indicate which eartbud should go to which ear. But if such marks are not in place, there is something unique to help you differentiate between the two.
That’s where the power of ergonomic design as is practiced in quality earphones like the famous Oraimo lite Conch OEP-E10 or Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones, comes in.
Like the Conch OEP-E10, the most satisfying earphones in the market come with a sliding back instead of an even one.
Now, before venturing any further, if your earphones lack this feature, there is a 99% chance that they fail in all the aspects of ergonomics. And you have no business wearing such earphones, no matter how much you paid for them or how cutely they match with your outfit. Those are wrong for your health. Stay away from them.
That sliding back should align with the tragus of your ear; that hill-like front section of your ear that looks like an open door to your ear canal.
But that’s just the beginning.
Did you know, how you wear your earphones determines the output of the content you are listening to?
Meaning, that promised pure bass, deep and powerful won’t reach your ear canal if the sliding back of your earphones is protruding against your ear’s tragus. In fact, part of the naturalness of the sound you seek inspiration from evades your hearing!
Again, even the best earphones when worn wrongly press against the antihelix of your ear causing not just fatigue but pain over time.
So how will you know you have the earphones right?
Besides the proper alignment of the back of your earphone with your ear’s tragus, when worn right, their stem should fit in the intertragal notch of your ear. Then protrude outwards.
But if it bumps over your lobule, you are either wearing the earpiece in the wrong ear, or the earphones’ ergonomic rules weren’t followed.
(See the photo on the right.)
Take Home Bonus
Here is a bonus on wearing earphones, something we believe you should know.
Quality earphones come with a change or eartips; a large pair, medium and small. That’s because we all have ear canals of different sizes. Unfortunately, low quality earphones have one set of eartips; the large size measuring about 11milimetres in diameter. And they come pre-fitted to make sure you don’t question them.
So if you have small ear canals, such will cause fatigue before you can play half of Nameless’ Inspire.
You will be surprised to know that there are small sized tips, about half the size of the usual size. And they sit and fit squarely – if not roundly – in most ears!
They even block noise from your surrounding so you can focus on building your innovation.
So the next time someone sits next to you in a matatu wearing their earphones, check them out. They could be losing out on the rich sound of what they are listening to just because they are wearing their earphones wrong.
Worse still, they could be harming their ears.
You don’t have to be an Earphone Police to help a stranger on the right way to wear earphones. You are an innovator; it is your business to notice problems and create solutions, not condone avoidable pain.