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Making ear buds fit super cheaply Answered

Hi, I'm dealing with dollar store ear buds that (surprise) fall out easily. I would like to modify this but I can't spend much. I don't have access to a workshop, most tools, or sugru.

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Toga_Dan

3 months ago

Instead of sugru...
Caulk?
Hot glue?
Oogoo?

Some earbuds have a stiff piece that goes over the ear. Can you use some wire to fake this?

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Downunder35m

3 months ago

Couldn't resist and did some visits to supermarkets and shops to check on ear buds.
Turns out an awful lot does not come with any instructions on the packing and who reads the leaflet?
And the designs can be confusing too.
One that looks like over the ear actually fits the normal way as the long bit is angled and shaped.
Quite a few however are designed to make a fitment error next to impossible.
Their shape seems to make it really hard to put them in the wrong ear or wrong orientation.

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Downunder35m

4 months ago

Are you sure you are using them correctly? ;)
No offense, but some of these are actually designed so the cables go to the front and OVER your ear, then down where needed.
This type will just fall out with the lightest movement if the cables just hang down directly as they pull the thing out.

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LaNiaya

3 months ago

You have to wear earbuds like this ..(by the way that is not me im a girl)The ear buds have to go over your ear then inside your ear so they don't fall out easily.So not to be rude but your using/wearing earbuds wrong.Well it is not just you most people wear earbuds the wrong way.Im saying the right way to wear earbuds is to put the earbuds over your ear so it won't fall out if you just touch the cord or accidently hit it to wear it could fall out of your ear.

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mmmelroy

3 months ago

i bet you could use the swimming earplugs (the silicone soft ones) would be able to be used with your bugs to make it work

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Jack A Lopez

4 months ago

Some strips of paper towel, wrapped around the buds might help bulk them up, if the buds are natively too small for your ear holes.

I think paper towels are safe for ears. Just try not to let very small pieces fall in deep, and get stuck in there.

In the Odyssey, an ancient epic poem, Odysseus used beeswax to plug the ears of his shipmates, so that they could safely row their ship past the land of the Sirens, without being affected by the Sirens' enchanting singing.

You can still find beeswax today, although I don't think there is anyone in my one-horse-town who sells it. My town has a Walmart (r), and the drones who work there are like, "Hey, if you can't find it at Walmart, what could you possibly need it for?"

We should feel pity for those who are so small minded, and do our best not disturb the fragile bubbles of naive ignorance they inhabit. If you are buying things via internet commerce, it is best not let the store "associates" know about it, unless one of them, he or she, brings it up, e.g. "Maybe you could try looking for it online."

;-)

Paraffin wax has similar properties to beeswax. It is still used today to make candles, although it is kind of mystery to me why candles are still made today, and still sold in stores.

Also, paraffin wax can be made softer, more malleable, by mixing it with petroleum jelly. Although heat might be required to mix them homogeneously.

http://chemistscorner.com/cosmeticsciencetalk/disc...

If you had your heart set on some kind of silicone elastomer, like Sugru (r), but different, possibly made from materials you can find in your local stores. I think this site had some 'ibles for homemade castable silicone. Here are two of them:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Using-Silicone-Ca...

https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-silicone-m...