If you’ve ever owned an uncomfortable pair of headphones or earbuds that simply didn’t fit well inside your ears, you’ll probably be very interested in this article. Whether you prefer headphones, earbuds, or you simply want a headset to use for making hands-free calls there are some things you should consider when it comes to your comfort, the fit of the item, and how conveniently it can be stored when not in use. Personally, I prefer to use headphones when at home and earbuds when I’m on the go, but everyone is different and that’s why I created this article – to take a look at what you should be considering to make sure you enjoy the experience of your new wireless Bluetooth device.
There are quite a few factors to consider when it comes to how comfortable and convenient a set of headphones, earbuds, or headset will be and we’ll try to lay them out in plain English below. It’s important to keep in mind that this article is simply one person’s opinion – you may prefer one type of device over another as there will always be an element of individual choice when it comes to a topic like this. If possible, it’s best to try out different devices before you purchase them to see how you like them.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Headphones
When it comes to comfort, fit, and convenience with a set of Bluetooth wireless headphones, you might say the picture is a bit of a mixed bag. They are obviously more convenient than wired headphones as you do eliminate the cord, but in general they are a little bulkier than earbuds, which makes it difficult to simply throw them in a pocket when you’re not using them. How comfortable they are probably depends on how much padding they have and how well they fit over your ears. Some headphones fit snugly over your ears, completely covering them, and they have extra padding to make sure they don’t irritate you around the edges. Others have a smaller earpiece that may or may not cover your ears, depending on how large they are, and this can really affect how comfortable you find them. It’s probably also a good idea to look for a pair of wireless headphones that are foldable, which will make them more convenient for taking them with you wherever you go.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Earbuds
There is no doubt that earbuds are smaller and more compact in nature than headphones, which in most cases makes them more convenient. With earbuds you can simply throw them in your pocket or the pocket of your gym bag when they’re not in use. The problem is, a lot of people don’t like the feel of having something stuck directly in their ear and many of the better earbuds do insert directly into your ear canal. I’ve had a pair of earbuds that were very uncomfortable because of how they sat in my ear canal and I can tell you it’s not a pleasant experience. I found myself constantly removing them to give my ears a break, which kind of defeated the purpose, in my opinion.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Headsets
Before we can talk about the benefits and drawbacks of headsets it’s important to really define what they are. There are essentially two different types of headsets – there are ones that simply clip over one ear and there are others that look very similar to any pair of earbuds you’ve ever owned. The single-ear headsets generally clip onto your ear, with a small earpiece placed just inside your earlobe. I’ve owned one of these types of Bluetooth wireless headsets before and, while I didn’t find it highly irritating, the way the clip sat on my ear was a bit of a bother from time to time. As far as dual-ear headsets are concerned they’re really very similar to earbuds as I’ve already mentioned. That means they may irritate your ear canal, particularly if you have sensitive ears.
Comfort Is about Individual Choice
You’ve probably already figured out after reading this article that I’m a firm believer that comfort, fit, and convenience will always have an element of subjective opinion to it. How I feel about things inside my eardrums may be very different from how you feel about the concept. It’s quite simple really – if you don’t like things inside your ears you’ll probably be happier with a set of headphones, but if you’re put off with headphones because of their bulky nature then you’ll probably prefer a pair of earbuds or a headset.