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Earbuds for small ears

Does anyone have any experience with earbuds for small ears? I can't wear most earbuds, and I would like to have something small to travel with other than my over-the-ear headphones.

They don't need to have special features, such as noise-canceling or wireless. (I can't wear noise-canceling headphones because they give me a headache.) They can have a traditional plug, as I can use an adapter with my iPhone.

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I have Bose (not noise cancelling) earbuds that came with 3 different sizes, and have silicone "wings" that fit in the curve of your outer ear. They are the only earbuds that have been comfortable and stay in my ear. Don't know if all Bose earbuds are like that.

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BOSE QuietComfort QC20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones are what I have been using for the past 10 years to travel overseas. They have a traditional plug that you can plug into the seat screen or use the adaptor for the iPhone. I have tiny ears. You can buy a variety pack of rubber ear pieces. (they do come with three sizes). The small size should work for you. You don't have to turn on the noise canceling feature, but I do prefer it. A good pair of headphones (bose) will cut out the aircraft noise and shouldn't give you headaches.
Margaret

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Mariam, I’ve only run across one pair of earbuds that I could tolerate, and I don’t know the make. What I usually use is inexpensive very small foam headphones. The ones we have are Maxell, and cost less than $10 at Dollar General.

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Have you got a Best Buy or a store with a largish electronics section near you? They should have a selection of ear buds at different price points that include soft rubber tips in a range of sizes. I can wear the small ones comfortably with my bose noise canceling buds. I can tolerate the cheap regular earbuds for a few hours. Even though they are small, they eventually start to hurt, and the sound quality is not very good.

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The only ones I can wear are Apple ear buds. They are the most comfortable. I use the wired ones because with small ear canals, ear buds tend to pop out. I don’t want to loose the more expensive air pods. Plus I don’t have to charge them. You will need to buy an adapter if you buy/need the round plug end. Both are available on Amazon.

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I don’t have a electrics store near me. I might check Costco, but their selection is pretty small usually. (It is usually very good, but this seems really niche.)

I can’t wear the Apple earbuds at all. They are much too big for me.

I think the ones with the different size silicone pad might be the way to go. Just to find one small enough.

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All wired earbuds i have purchased (in all price ranges), have always included a set of different sized removable rubber “buds” for different sized ears. I prefer the cheap Sony earbuds.

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Hi Miriam! I can’t wear any of the apple earbuds as I have super tiny ears and they pop right out. I‘ve had success with cheap Sony wired earbuds that I pick up at Target on sale for around $9.99. I use a short adapter/dongle from Apple to make the round plug work with my iPhone. I have to replace them both every 6 months or so. I just invested in a pair of Sony Linkbud S wireless earbuds and they fit surprisingly well, stay in (even when I’m out gardening) and I’m happy with the sound.

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I have what are probably the same $10 Sony wired earbuds and I use the smallest adapter. I have had them for about a year and they are still fine. I also have the adapter so that I can use them with my iPhone. I have over the ear noise canceling head phones that I bought for travel years ago and they take up too much room. The Sony’s are small and don’t weigh anything..

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Thanks for the additional suggestions. The $10 Sony ones sound about right at my price point. I’ve been happy with my $15-20 Sony over-the-ear headphones for a while. I will check those out.

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I have the same problem with tiny ear canals, Mariam. I wear second generation Apple AirPods (the ones before the addition of the bud for the ear which are called AirPods Pro). No rubber or silicone bud to go into the ear. It just sits on the outside of the ear, not in the ear canal. The fact that they are wireless is a plus. Only $129 on the Apple website, but may be cheaper in a brick and mortar store somewhere.