How to Use Earbuds With Memory Foam

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Updated June 27, 2022

If you are an amateur in the fast-paced world of personal audio, you may wonder how to use earbuds with memory foam. Some of the best headphones, after all, are earbuds equipped with memory foam. So what are the benefits of memory foam and what are some tips for getting the best fit? Keep reading to find out.


  • Earbuds with memory foam tips, or silicone tips, provide long-lasting comfort to suit the ear canals of many different consumers.
  • Some wireless earbuds come with memory foam ear tips, while other tips must be purchased separately.
  • Make sure you “try before you buy” to find the best fit for your individual ears, and clean the tips regularly for the best sound quality and to reduce ambient noises.

Why Use Memory Foam Earbuds?

Comfort and convenience are the name of the game here, not to mention the fact that you won’t have to learn how to change rubber earbuds. Memory foam tips are extremely comfortable and automatically adjust to the size of your canal. Plus, they are relatively easy to use. So next time you look to write a Torque T103Z headphones review or any other model, consider memory foam earbuds.

Insider Tip

Custom ear tips are also an option, where a manufacturer uses a mold of your ear canal to make the product.

How to Use Memory Foam Earbuds

Every earbud and tip are different, with different methods for use, and the same is said about each person’s ear lobes and ear canals. In other words, there is no universally accepted “how-to” for using these gadgets, but there are some helpful tips to get started and make sure you get the right fit. Especially if you buy some snazzy earbuds like the Yamaha EPH M200 high-performance in-ear headphones.

Choose the Right Size

Some memory foam earbuds ship with a variety of different tips, making size-matching rather simple. All you have to do is try on different tips until you find the right match. However, there are plenty of third-party memory foam earbud tips out there, each with its own sizing range and comfort levels. If you can try before you buy, all the better, but if buying online, make sure the vendor offers an easy return process just in case the fit isn’t right.

Take Breaks

Even the most comfortable earbud memory foam tips can get uncomfortable and slightly irritating to the ear canal after long periods of time. In other words, take ample breaks as necessary. Listen to your body and if you begin to feel any amount of pain, no matter how minuscule, consider taking a short break from listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts.

Keep Them Clean and Maintained

Take a bit of time to clean your earbud tips as needed. There is no hard and fast rule here as to how often they need cleaning, but we would recommend after every few uses or so. Keep an eye on them and when they look dirty, break out the cleaning wipes or microfiber cloth.


How to find the right ear tips for you?

Make sure the memory foam ear tips fit your wireless earbuds or wired earbuds. Try before you buy, looking for a poor seal and a reduction in external sounds.

What makes a set of ear tips premium?

Basically the materials and features. Some premium buds offer supreme sound isolation and the ability to match nearly any ear shape. Premium memory foam ear tips, however, cost more than standard tips.

Do foam ear tips affect sound quality?

In most cases, no, unless there is excess foam. Wireless earbuds with memory foam ear tips boast premium sound quality, so long as you have a proper seal and not too much external noise.

STAT: Memory foam was developed in 1966 under a contract by NASA’s Ames Research Center to improve the safety of aircraft cushions. (source)

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