By Robert E. Calem, Techlicious
Updated: December 16, 2015

Even the best in-ear headphones can sound awful and feel uncomfortable if they're not seated properly in your ear. Here's how to get a proper fit.

  • Size matters: The key to a proper earphone fit is using the right size ear tip. So try the various sizes of foam and silicon tips that come with your earphones. One ear may be slightly larger than the other, so you may need to use a different size for each ear.
  • Seat the eartip firmly: To get the best sound, you need to seal your ear canal with the eartip. So simply pushing an eartip into your ear often isn't enough to create a proper seal. Try gently pulling on the outer rim of your ear to ease the tip into a comfortable position. You should notice a drop in ambient noise when the tip is seated correctly. And when you're listening to music, you'll notice more range, especially bass.
  • Secure the tip for sports: If you find that your earphones fall out while exercising, try looping the cable that connects them behind your head and around the top of each ear. If your eartips are angled to fit in the ear canal, place the side marked "L" in your right ear and the side marked "R" in your left ear. Some headphones, like those made by Shure, are designed to be worn with the cable behind your head, so check before swapping eartips.
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