Just because you have smaller ears doesn't mean finding the perfect earbuds is impossible! Click to learn how to choose the best ear tips for small ears.
Earplugs are an everyday necessity for students, athletes, music lovers, and professionals, but for those with smaller ears, options may be limited. Regular off-the-shelf earbuds — even those with different-sized rubber tips — tend to fall out, hit all the wrong pressure points, and make muffled sounds from being forced to wear them.
If you're facing the same challenge, know you're not alone! The general approach used by most manufacturers doesn't always account for smaller ears. This leaves those of us with smaller ears a little helpless. Either we learn to use earbuds that don't fit us, or we spend our money on countless pairs hoping to get earbuds that really fit, or we ditch earbuds altogether and opt for over-ear, even if it doesn't fit the most.
Let us help you. We'll explain what features to look for so you can find the best earbuds for small ears.
try a custom fit
Off-the-shelf earbuds are made for the masses, but you're not like everyone else, so why should you settle for earbuds that aren't custom made for you?
Aside from feeling awkward and downright uncomfortable, generic earbuds don't guarantee a secure fit, especially if you have smaller ears. While it's tempting to push the earbuds further into the ear canal so they don't fall out, this will only add discomfort and pressure to the ears, and will suppress audio in the earbuds.
Custom earbuds will give you a one-of-a-kind instant personalized fit. IAG is customised to the shape of your ear - in just 60 seconds.
Tips for using the correct size
If you have small ears, you already know that finding the perfect fit is everything. When shopping for earbuds, stay away from cookie-cutter tips—they almost never fit!
By choosing the right size eartips, you'll experience the right fit that aligns with your ear canal, allowing you to enjoy unmatched comfort throughout the day. And because we know one size doesn't fit all, IAG gives customers tips on different sizes. We'll be happy to send you a smaller or larger tip for free within the first 30 days of your order, with our custom fit guarantee!
drop the wire
Unleash your listening experience with True Wireless earbuds. True wireless technology is better than ever, and now is a great time to transition from wired earbuds to a seamless (completely wireless) listening experience. Also, if your earbuds tend to fall out, discarding the wires can help—a big problem if you have smaller ears.
Aside from the tangling annoyance, wires can also cause your earbuds to fall out for two reasons. The first reason is that your earbuds are physically pulled out by the wires. The second is the added weight of the wire. If you're already having issues with earbuds coming off because of your smaller ears, taking the wires out of the equation may help.
Read customer reviews
Manufacturers often talk about their products -- it's their job, after all -- but before you spend your hard-earned money on them, you should always find out what actual customers think about a particular headset. While most review pages don't have filters for smaller ears, you can use your browser's search function to find reviews that mention key phrases like "small ears" to see what people with smaller ears say about their experience .
Reading customer reviews is a great place to start, but it's also worth checking out reviews from professional reviewers. Tech insiders have the scoop on everything, and they also understand what people expect from a quality product. You can better determine which earbuds are right for you by reading some review articles written by experts.
try risk free
At the end of the day, you need to be able to rely on a company that won't hold you back, whether you have questions about the ordering process or a problem you need to resolve once you get your earbuds. At Ultimate Ears, we're proud of our 30-day custom fit guarantee. If the tips that come with IAG don't work, some of them include free shipping and smaller replacement tips.
We believe everyone should have a perfect body and you should not settle for anything less than perfect. If a problem or question arises, you will always get help when you need it.
Choose a sweat-resistant design
Your earbuds should handle just about anything in your everyday life. You don't necessarily need tank-like earbuds, but they should at least offer some degree of IPX-rated sweat resistance so they can keep up with your lifestyle.
If listening to music while exercising is your priority, choose earbuds with at least a sweat-proof rating. An IPX rating determines how waterproof a device is, and every electronic device has one.
go with the best voice
There's not much point in finding the best earbuds for small ears if the earbuds don't sound great either. When you listen to your favorite music, you deserve pure sound.
For the best experience, your earbuds should reproduce a variety of sounds. For example, the 10mm dynamic speaker drivers in IAG are optimized for maximum clarity and faithful reproduction of frequencies from 20Hz to 20kHz – the entire range of human hearing.
o To avoid background noises such as traffic or indoor environments from spoiling your sound, most audiophiles opt for earbuds with passive noise isolation. Unlike Active Noise Cancellation, which produces equal but opposite noise to cancel outside noise and is prone to distortion, Passive Noise Cancellation blocks outside sounds by forming a natural seal with your ears. That means you don't need to crank up the volume to hear all the details of your music, whether you're listening to bass-driven EDM or a true crime podcast.
Check Extra Features
A perfect fit and crystal-clear sound aren't the only things to look for in a great pair of earbuds. Modern earbuds should come with a ton of extra features to make your listening experience more enjoyable.
An example is a click control. Today, you can change songs, adjust the volume, or take calls without taking out your phone. Tap controls let you do everything with just a tap on either earbud. Whether you're exercising or on the go, this intuitive feature will make life easier.
IAG takes tap control a step further by allowing you to set custom single and double tap controls for each individual earbud, so you can set the flow that works best for you. Assignable controls include going forward and backward in playlists, increasing or decreasing volume, answering calls, and play/pause.
Another example is additional sound signatures. Once you buy a regular pair of earbuds, you're usually stuck with the same sound signature -- the EQ to which the drivers in your earbuds are tuned -- and that sound signature doesn't always work across genres. Using the IAG app, you can choose from a curated collection of EQ presets, or customize your own from scratch.
Buy from a reliable brand
Audio is an industry where experience matters. By buying from a reliable brand, you can be confident that you are buying earbuds with a wealth of tradition, real experience and expertise. Ultimate Ears products have been trusted by music professionals since 1995, and we've used what we've learned over the years, along with some new tricks we've learned along the way, to make the best earbuds.
find the most suitable
The best earbuds come from reliable brands and come with extra features that go beyond a perfect fit and impeccable sound quality. If you have smaller ears and you're looking for the best earbuds for you, choose IAG, the only True Wireless earbuds that fit precisely to the contours of your ears.