Simply put, wireless earbuds are incomparable to traditional wired earphones and headphones. Wireless earbuds connect via Bluetooth, saving you the pain of having to deal with entanglements that are bound to tangle up in your pocket.

Wireless earbuds connect to a variety of Bluetooth-enabled devices, this includes your tablet and smartphone. You'll need to try out different earbuds to find one that perfectly fits your ears well.

Step-by-step Guide on How to Wear Earbuds

Before using your earbuds, you need to wear them properly, so they won't fall off and to avoid sound leakage.

Step 1. Secure the Right Wireless Earbuds in Your Ears

There are different types and brands of earbuds that appeal differently to different people. Before settling on specific earbuds, try different ones to find the ones that fit your ears perfectly. People have different ear shapes and sizes of ear canals, so it's not a one-size-fits-all situation.

You can try out different earbud brands and styles belonging to family or friends or ask the sales staff at the electronics store to let you try out a few pairs to determine which feel most comfortable and give you a great sound experience. Generally, men have larger ear canals compared to women, so they'll need larger earbuds.

Step 2. Identify the Earbuds for Each Ear

Carefully check the direction of the earbuds. For maximum comfort, wear each unit in the right ear. The unit with the (L) mark, meaning left, is meant for your left ear, and the unit with the (R) mark, meaning right, is meant for your right ear.

If they are not marked, you can quickly identify the left unit since it has a tactile dot. Put them in your ears and rotate them a little until they conformably sit in your ears. Use wingtips and ear tips that perfectly fit into your ears.

Step 3. Comfortably Wear Your Earbuds and Pull onto Your Earlobes 

Once you have placed the earbud loosely in the ear, lightly tug onto each of your earlobes with the opposite hand. This helps slightly enlarge your ear canal. While tugging, gently press it further into place with your index finger.

The touch sensor on the earbuds should automatically detect that the earbuds have been worn and emit some sound to let you know that it has been detected. Note that the earbud will not work if the touch sensor doesn't make direct contact with your ear.

For a convenient listening experience, earbuds need to be lodged in your ear canal and sit relatively close to the eardrum. Perfectly fitting earbuds will block out ambient noise.

Using Your Earbuds for The Best Listening Experience

A. Clean Out Earwax off Your Ears

 If the earbuds are in the right size and don’t fit as well as they used to, it could be caused by the buildup of wax which can change the shape and size of your ear canal. This could cause them to poorly fit or slip out when you’re using them.

If you notice the buildup of earwax on the earbud pieces, be careful not to push the wax inside. Gently and carefully clean your ear walls, not to push the wax further inside.

Clean your earbuds as well with a cotton swab and a dab of rubbing alcohol. Carefully note that you cannot use soap or rinse your earbuds under the faucet to clean them.

B. Don’t Move Your Jaw

Users are advised not to move their jaws much if they can help it. This largely depends on the shape of your jaw and the proximity to the ear canal since moving your jaw a lot can move the earbuds out of place.

For instance, try and reduce jaw movement while chewing on gum or eating as you listen to music on the earbuds. These jaw movements will loosely move the buds and make them slip out.

C. Pair Your Earbuds with Bluetooth Devices

To pair your phone or other devices to your earbuds, click on your device's Bluetooth setting and turn it on. Then, gently tap on the 'Seek' button on the side of the earbud. When the earbud seeks to pair through a pop-up on the phone's Bluetooth menu, tap on it to connect both devices.

If you’re trying to pair the earbuds with a device for the first time, it could take a few minutes.

Alternatively, some earbud models give you a remote-control option. The remote is small and typically around 2 x 3 inches, approximately 5.1 cm × 7.6 cm. You can also use the remote to skip on songs, adjust the volume, or even mute a phone call.

Using the remote when you’re out of the house, for instance, when jogging, gives you a pleasant and convenient listening experience. However, if you forget your remote, you can also control whatever you listen to from your phone or any other paired device.

Some brands don't come with the remote-control feature but have small buttons on the earbud side, which you can use to skip, play, pause songs, mute, answer, or hang up on a call. Alternatively, if the buttons are a little too small for your fingers, you can always use your phone’s interface to do all that.

D. Charge your wireless earbuds

When you’re not using your earbuds, regularly charge them. Make sure to keep them charged. The charging mechanism varies in earbuds. However, most have a small port to charge from.

Follow the posted warnings from authorised personnel in areas where wireless devices are restricted, such as in aeroplanes or hospitals.

Frequently Asked Questions on Wireless Earbuds

1. How do I wear earbuds to prevent them from falling off?

Some earbud brands such as Sony come with medium-sized hybrid silicone tips that are attached to the right and left units of the headphones when you purchase them. If the eartips easily come off or if you feel that the sound is a little low on one earbud, you can adjust the earbud tips to the size of your comfort, and that can snugly fit in your ears.

The right fit in your ear will ensure that the buds offer you noise isolation, the best sound effects, and bass for you to enjoy your music.

2. Why did my Samsung Galaxy buds stop working?

A few reasons for this may include:

  • The battery of your wireless bud may be completely out of charge
  • The touch sensor may not be in contact with your ear or clean, and thus, the earbud may not work 
  • If the Bluetooth device doesn't recognise and pair with the earbuds, then the earbuds won't work