4 Common Problems And Solutions On How To Make Headphones Not Hurt Your Ear

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I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with earbuds since my ear canals are apparently not big enough to accommodate them.

So in an effort to spare by the inner ear, I often switch between using buds and headphones thinking this would solve my discomfort. But, alas! I’m sure anyone who has used headphones will agree that these seemingly innocent and comfortable looking pair of auditory accessories can actually turn into brain squeezing torture devices. Especially when they used for an extended period of time.

Figuring out what causes the discomfort can be done by taking a closer look at each of the problems experienced while using it.

Uncomfortable headphones need not be the norm when there are reliable resolutions on how to make headphones not hurt your ear. I’ve got a rundown of some of the most irksome issues I’ve dealt with since using over the ear headphones.

Problem #1 Too Tight Bands

Over the ear headphones are sometimes similar to brand new sneakers that need to be broken in. Instead of having to endure wearing them until they stretch to accommodate the size of my head, I found that stretching them overnight has made them more comfortable.

Solution: To do this, the trick is to simply use the box, book, jar, or any item that is roughly the same size as your head or maybe a teeny bit wider. Position the headphones on it to give it a nice stretch. Try to be as gentle as possible when attempting this trick. Repeat several times if the first attempt still feels too snug.

Problem #2 Headphones that Dig into the Skin

Usually, it fits more comfortably after several uses with the band magically taking in the shape of your head. For the most part, I have found that this is often the scenario whenever I opt for high-end headphones. It sounds cliche but you definitely get what you pay for.

Solution: After settling with cheap pairs for so many years, I saved up and got myself a good quality brand that boasts of luxurious comfort. And it did not disappoint! Compared to inexpensive models, the premium model had a band that was lined with memory foam.

The lack of padding not just feels tight on my head but it actually felt like the hard plastic was slowly digging into my skin. Of course, it is not necessary to simply select the priciest model out there. It does pay to try on a few designs until you are able to find one that offers ample cushioning.

Problem #3 Warm Sweaty Ears

There are numerous headphones that are made of pads with plastic materials. In some instances, they are even covered with faux leather making them even more uncomfortable to use.

Solution: To avoid irritation, picking headphones that are covered with breathable, soft fabric is always a better solution. There are lots of headphone models that allow users to replace the built-in pads with other options. Check to see if our model supports replaceable or removable pads. Bear in mind that breathable fabrics will introduce more air into the device which can reduce the noise cancellation functionality of your headpiece.

Problem #4 Drivers that Press Against Ears

Sometimes it is not the clamping pressure that causes ear discomfort but the shallow cups. With ear shapes and sizes varying, some ears tend to stick out more and tend to get cramped when shallow cups press against it.

Solution: Aside from the obvious of locating models that nestle your ears better, the next best option to create cups that are deeper. Be mindful that this quick fix could affect the quality of the audio output. Increase the thickness by adding foam or similar types of padding material around the cups and under the pads. This hack should provide more space inside the cup to comfortably accommodate the ears.

4 Fastest Steps On How To Clean Headset Pads

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Headsets have always been the perfect accessory whenever I want to fully immerse myself in what I am listening to. Since they provide full ear coverage, I find myself being able to hear audio very clearly.

Like many users, I am ashamed to admit that I have neglected to properly care for my headphones. It was only until I started experiencing some discomfort while using them and when I realized I was no longer getting the best output that I began to take more notice on how to clean headset pads.

One quick glance and I knew that my headset was not only dirty but it was also starting to smell. The long hours of usage and close contact of the fabric covering the pads have managed to absorb dirt, grime, and sweat! It was already quite disgusting hence a quick clean up was in order. After some research, this is what I found to be the most effective and efficient means to clean up my set.

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Step 1

Begin by wiping down the external pieces. Use a dry clean piece of cloth to go over surfaces. This practice should be one right after every use. For best results, it’s advisable to select microfibre cloth to avoid causing any abrasions on surfaces. Dry wiping picks up any dust as well as any moisture from sweat absorbed by the cushions and pads.

Step 2

I opted for a piece of damp cloth that I had dipped in warm soapy water. It is important to note that the cloth must not be soaking wet. Proceed by wiping the pads gently, do not rub or press hard on the cushions. Leave them to dry. Some headset models allow users to pop off the pads, you should check with your manufacturer website if this is an option.

If you find yourself reluctant to sanitize with soapy water, another option is to simply use hydrogen peroxide a common disinfectant used by those in the medical profession. If it’s good for them, then it must be good for us as well, right? Of course, it doesn’t have to be said that it is always best to heed the manufacturer’s suggestions and warnings. Better safe than sorry after all.

Step 3

Use a clean q-tip to clean up nooks and crannies. Be careful when reaching into holes and jacks. I have found it easier to use swabs for makeup removal since they are designed to have a slimmer and pointier head than the typical bud.

As much as possible, avoid introducing moisture into any ports on your headset. Aside from a q-tip, I have found that a clean soft-bristled toothbrush is also a good way to remove stubborn build-up.

Step 4

Since I use a headset with leather coating, it will take time to occasionally condition it. To do this, apply a nice even layer of your choice leather conditioner. These are easily found being sold along with leather goods.

Conditioning needs only to be done twice annually, or depending on the weather condition in your area. Always use a small amount when working the conditioner in. Remember that it is easier to add if needed rather than to take away when you’ve placed too much. This is a lesson I had to learn the hard way. Massage the solution all over the leather components, allow it to be absorbed, leave to dry before you store.

As a final note, headset users would benefit from regularly replacing pads. Even with proper care and storage, regular wear and tear will still occur. Cleaning them not only ensures quality audio output, it also results to better hygiene.

4 Simple Factors To Consider On How Much Music Can 8GB Hold

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Whenever I’m driving or puttering around the house doing chores, I always like to have some music playing in the background. Whether it is on my mobile phone, laptop or speaker system, having some tunes to keep me company always makes my tasks easier to do. However, device storage isn’t created equally. Memory capacity can range from a few gigabytes to terabytes.

It is not uncommon for portable devices to house large storage spaces that can support various forms of data including music. The amount of space in every gadget will dictate how much it can fully hold.

Granted that large-capacity devices will immediately resolve any limitation worries, it is still very helpful to have a good idea of the number of songs that can be stored in the allotted space of any gadget. If like me, you have wondered how much music 8GB can hold then here are the things you need to know.

 

Data

  • File Type
  • Bit Rate
  • Song Length
  • Device Format

File Type

File formats used can notably increase or decrease the amount of music that can be saved in 8GB worth of storage. Music files that are compressed permit a larger amount of data to be uploaded into the drive. The standard device and music player will be able to play MP3 files, there are others that can however play various file types with ease. Users should still consider alternative options that compress into smaller formats. Many audiophiles consider AAC a better option due to its higher audio quality an efficient compression. This particular format can produce a larger library of songs as opposed to the MP3 type.

Bit Rate

Your typical MP3 file has a Bit Rate ratio compression that is most suited for consumer use. The majority of 8GB devices in the market are able to play a maximum 320kbit/s. There are a few handful devices of 8GB capacity that can play more than 640kbit/s since the vast majority of commercially available music in an MP3 format is only at 128 kbit/s.

Song Length

Lastly, it is essential to understand how the length of each song will determine how much of the storage space it will take up. Simply put a song that is 10 minutes long will obviously use up more space than one that is only 2 minutes in length. This needs to be noted since music is sometimes released as a single file containing an entire album worth of data — this could easily be over an hour long.

Device Format

Interestingly enough, lots of devices available commercially claim to have 8GB of storage. What they fail to mention is how a portion of this is set aside and used for the firmware or software of the said device. Thus, once formatted the physical space remaining will be less than what is advertised. More or less the usable space of an 8GB gadget can range anywhere between 7GB to 7.5GB.

The storage of songs is usually calculated by the space occupied per minute of music. Generally, MP3 formats at 128 kbit/s will take up 1mb per minute, with that in mind, it is safe to say that an 8GB phone or memory card can hold about 1,500 to 2,000 songs based on the aforementioned details.

Bear in mind that the song length and quality of the music loaded onto an 8GB device can still be a determining factor of how many tunes you can store. Unless you are in the music industry, 8GB worth of music, in my opinion, would produce a decent-sized library.