Anyone have issues wearing Airpods?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by ssledoux, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. ssledoux macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2006
    Down south
    I bought these and really want to love them, but they bother my ears; as in make my ears feel achy, and not where they are IN my ears, but actually down deep in my ear. I know. I'm weird.

    I don't know if it's related, but I also get really bad ear pain when it's windy - maybe something is just strange about the shape of my ear canal or something. I've never had an ear infection or anything, but just this dull achiness.

    Anyone else have these issues? Did you just give up on using your Airpods?
  2. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Nope. No issued with version 1 or version 2 AirPods.I find them reliable and quite comfortable to wear for extended periods.
  3. dotzero123 macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2018
    Philadelphia Suburbs
    Mine feel slightly too big for my ears. Probably not the best advice but I’m imagining I’ll try to “desensitize” my insufficient ears by repeatedly forcing them to fit. Also I found that ear buddy(z) actually relieve the fit issue.
  4. Derek87 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2009
    when i first got my 2nd generation AirPods i was surprised to find that they hurt my ears too after a short period of time. i too think my canals are relatively small for the AirPods. i was still able to wear them for 1.5 hours, but they were uncomfortable (just sharing this to provide a relative was uncomfortable but not excruciatingly painful). i had the mindset that maybe i would get used to them, else i would pass them on to my wife who found them comfortable.

    i was, however, surprised by the experience because my old EarPods fit ok. they weren't super comfortable, but i had hiked 3 hours at a time without noticing any real discomfort. so i pulled them out and i noticed that with the wires, they hung more vertical than i was putting in my Airpods. i adjusted the positioning of the AirPods and found i could make them more comfortable.

    since then, i still don't always get the orientation of the AirPods right but usually after some fiddling they are more comfortable. not as comfortable as my Etymotics or Sennheisers which i can wear for hours, but good enough to be comfortable for 1-2 horus at a time. one thing i do try is to not pus them in very far/hard. i at first was worried about them falling out so i was probably subconsciously pushing them in more than was needed. (of course, for folks with larger canals, they should push them in further to ensure they don't run the risk of the AirPods falling out)

    anyway, my suggestion is to try fiddling with the positioning of the Airpods. everyone's ears are different. of course for some people, i'm sure they will be uncomfortable regardless of positioning. but for me, i'm probably a borderline case and thankfully can get them in a semi-comfortable position that is acceptable.

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