Good earbuds deliver sound directly and fit so seamlessly you forget they’re in your ear. Horrid ones require constant trial and error insertions, often resulting in one or the other popping out of your ear just as you get up to speed on the treadmill, or if they do stay in, they dig into your ears so painfully that you decide you’d rather work-out or commute in silence.
The problem is even more critical when your students are using them in media labs and learning centers where horrid earbuds can pose a distraction and take away from the learning. And with more and more school districts adopting Common Core State Standards where testing is computer based, and each student needs her own private calm environment if she is to perform optimally, horrid earphones that don’t fit are not an option.
The first step in getting a good fit is to select a pair of quality in-ear earphones. Lightweight Califone E3 classroom stereo ear buds have noise-reducing ear covers that reduce ambient sounds, reducing distractions so students can remain on task.
Since even the best in-ear earbuds can be a distraction if they are not placed properly, the second step is to take time out for lesson on how to make earphones stay in your ear. This is especially necessary for kindergartners and first graders who may be using ear buds for the first time. To get the best sound, the ear tip needs to seal the air canal. Just pushing the earbud into the ear is not enough to create a proper seal. Model for the children how to gently pull on the outer rim of the ear so the tip can ease into a comfortable position. Point out that once it is in position, they should notice the drop in ambient noise. Those who do not get the knack of this method might want to try the lobe tug in which, before inserting the ear bud, they gently pull down and/or out on the lobe, push the bud in, then release the lobe.
Another obvious key to making earphones stay in ears is to check that each user has the right size ear tip for his ear. Foam ones tend to be more universal since they mold themselves to different size ears. Also since one ear may be larger than the other, some students may need a different size ear tip for each ear.
To ensure all students have the ear bud that fits them best, it pays to keep a supply of ear bud types such as AVID AE-215 stereo rubber ear bud, tipped with silicon; the AVID TT-4 disposable ear bud without foam pad, or the AVIS JS-75 small ear bud with foam ear pads.
Lastly, although it’s unsettling to think about, in-ear earbud fit can be compromised by the ear wax and oil that accumulates on them. An alternative to using a soft cloth to wash each bud with dish washing liquid diluted in warm water, is to purchase a bulk pack of EARPADSEB50-PR foam ear bud pad covers for regularly changing.
Since you may not be sure which type of earphones your school needs, we’ve created an informational video to help you decide on a product that fits you goals, purposes, and budget. Or just contact us today; we have a wide variety of earphones compatible with tablets, desktops, and desktops.