My brother is in college right now, working towards a career as a welder. He's pretty deep into his studies and takes his work very seriously, but while welding and working with metal, one of the things he likes to do is listen to the music on his iPod. My brother has told me he listens to about 3-4 hours of music per day (it's a big part of his life, not just something he does to pass the time) and he has had roughly 7 sets of earbuds break on him over the past 2 years. The earbuds don't break because he's irresponsible, they break because he uses them so much. This has been the case for cheap earbuds and more expensive ones, mostly SkullCandy and Wicked brands. It's my brother's birthday and we want to find a solution to this problem for him. Our family has suggested over-ear headphones, but he says they're too bulky for his usage. While welding, he wears a beanie and goggles in addition to a welding mask that he often flips down with just a nod of his head, so while the solution to his problem doesn't really HAVE to be earbuds, they do have to be a sound delivery system that take up very little space. Right now, my brother has resorted to just buying cheap earbuds over and over again to keep the costs low for when they eventually break, but I'm wondering if there's such a thing as really durable earbuds? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!