Years ago, in-ear monitors (IEMs) were a novel innovation, used by no-one but the most committed audiophiles. Most people made do with cheap earphones that rested outside the ear, but when IEMs became more affordable, consumers naturally switched to them to enjoy their superior standards of audio quality and ambient noise reduction.

IEMs can still cause hearing loss, although when used correctly, they may be safer than their predecessors. So how should you use these earphones properly?IEM Earphones

Use the right fit

When you buy IEMs, you should receive a number of different ear-tips. If you use the right tips, then you will benefit from improved ambient noise cancellation, which will reduce the temptation to increase the volume to cancel out outside noises.

Using the right tips will also improve tonality and bass, so you’ll enjoy your music more!

Wear IEMs correctly

Rather than just placing the bud in your ear, you should lift your ear and pull it back to slightly open up your ear canal. Then, when inserting the IEM, gently twist it to create a tight seal. Be careful not to shove them in or yank them out – if you are gentle, you will ensure you do not rapidly alter the air pressure in your ear canal.

Listen to music at a safe volume

If you are wearing your IEMs correctly, then you should notice you can turn your volume down significantly and still hear every note. Blasting your music at a high volume continuously can damage your ear drums and lead to hearing loss and deafness.

Take your IEMs out after a while

You should let your ears breathe – IEMs can encourage a bacterial build-up in your ears. While this isn’t usually a problem, you shouldn’t wear IEMs for several hours on end.

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