What this article covers:
- Why fit matters.
- How to achieve a proper fit with IQbuds.
- What tips come with Nuheara Products.
- Where can I buy additional tips?
- What other tips are available on the market.
There are a number of reasons why proper earbud fit matters. To fully experience the sound quality of IQbuds, the chosen ear tip should seal the ear canal. A failure to achieve a proper seal may lead to issues such as the following:
- A lack of bass
- A “tinny” or “hollow” sound effect
- Feedback from earbuds
- A loose fit and high risk of earbuds falling out of ears
- An uncomfortable fit and/or soreness from prolonged wearing of earbuds
IQbuds are built for excellent sound. The earbuds use a high performance, wide band balanced armature driver. The frequency response and linearity are excellent, and the acoustic design means you’ll get a fantastic audio experience in a truly wireless form factor. However, as stated above, a failure to achieve a sealed earbud fit can significantly degrade sound quality.
IQbudsTM have been ergonomically designed to fit most ears, with a snug fit.
The following video demonstrates how to ensure a proper earbud fitting with IQbuds.
Some of the main takeaways from this video include:
Test as many of the silicone earbud tip sizes and shapes as possible to find the most secure possible earbud fit.
Ensure that the correct earbud is placed in each ear (look for “L” and “R” engravings on the interior of each earbud).
Insert IQbuds into ear canal in the vertical position with the tip down and then twist them towards the back of the head to achieve “lock” and complete earbud seal.
Try gently pulling upwards on the top of your ear while inserting IQbuds to achieve a better seal.
As demonstrated in the video above, the IQbuds should remain securely in the ear canal once properly fitted. Note that even with vigorous shaking of the head, the buds remain in place.
IQbuds come with 8 pairs of silicone tips (4 pairs of Oval Tips in S, M, L and XL & 4 pairs of Round Tips in XS, S, M and L).
IQbuds Boost comes with the 8 pairs of silicon tips (4 pairs of Oval Tips in S, M, L and XL & 4 pairs of Round Tips in XS, S, M and L) plus an additional 3 pairs of Comply Foam tips in Small, Medium and Large.
Through prolonged exposure to sweat during activities such as running or working out, this may gradually loosen the initial fit of IQbuds, and a new set of tips may be required.
Every human ear is unique, and in some cases (albeit rare), the provided earbud tip sizes may not be sufficient. Some companies such as Snugs use 3D scanning and printing to make a unique impression of both the ear and the wireless bud. The result is a true impression that will provide an incredible fit and sound. You can find out more about snugs on their website.
There are many third-party tips available for purchase on the internet and we have not been able to test all with our product. This means we cannot verify if they will fit our product, and you will get the same excellent sound quality you would expect.