Not comfortable in my ears, even before I started wearing hearing aids, so only over the ear “pods.”
While I can use my hearing aids as a bluetooth headset for streaming sound into my head directly (ok, not quite as directly as, say cochlear implants) and with my Android phone, I find I rarely do so because there isn’t much need and I prefer wired headsets to wireless.
@arielleslie I have a pair of Jabra true wireless earbuds, and they’re pretty great. I got a bit of a deal on them, and I don’t regret the purchase at all. Then again, I use hearing aids, so I’m not exactly an audiophile nowadays.
@ahacksaw I got them 50% off, or I wouldn’t have gone for it. Still way more than I usually spend on several years’ worth of earbuds. I just tried them for the first time this morning and every time I took a step a loud thud/buzz radiated through them, so I may be going back to cheapos if changing the cushion size doesn’t help with that.
I don’t use earbuds or earphones of any type at all…they’re always very uncomfortable, never fit right, and never sound good! I only ever wear proper over-ear or on-ear headphones, or ‘ear cans’ as some call them. I also tend to find one high quality set that I really like, and stick with them. I’ve been using the same pair of Sony MDR-X10s for almost a decade now.
I agree with what has been said above about how uncomfortable ear buds are, and as a result, use full over-ear or on-ear headphones.
If I find myself in a situation that absolutely requires something that fits in my pocket for transport, I will opt for “in-ear” style earphones. Despite the more invasive sounding name, they are far less uncomfortable than ear-buds. For these, I will opt for the cheapo strategy.
I have a little messy pile next to my work computer of cords and different variations of these (and a hubman, natch) and I rotate them around depending on what’s working and what’s not. Cheapo is the only way to go for me, I tend to misplace them or roll over things with my chair etc. know what I mean, Vern?
If it doesn’t sound good, it’s not worth listening to. Especially for music, but even for a podcast or something, I’d avoid the cheap earbuds.
I used to wear my big Sennheiser over the ear headphones more, but something changed and now they give me headaches. I should probably see a doctor. I’m not worried about my health, I just really seriously love those headphones.
Prefer over the ear headphones, but use earbuds when outside working with the lawnmower etc since they will fit under my hearing protection. Probably should have done this years ago so I wouldn’t have to wear hearing aids (though that is probably due to a baro-trauma during a dive off the coast of FL years ago)