Sometimes called ear buds, or earphones, the most common type of headphone today may be in-ear headphones. The white “earpods” that come with every new iPhone into the box have made them a must-have accessory.

In-ear headphones are rated to the highest when it comes to portability due to their small size. Some come with a case of travel but for a lot of people it is as easy as covering the cord on their fingers a couple of times and tossing it in their bag or pocket.


Most hearing aids work within the opening of your ear canal, providing a comfortable seal. Others are held up with little pieces wrapping around the back of your ears.

How comfortable they really are depending on how you use your headphones and difference between on the ear and over the ear headphones.

Headphones face up

This kind of headphone sits directly between the mouth. If we are true, they have no real special advantages over in-ear or over-ear headphones.

The on-ear headphones seem to be more about balancing your requirements and finding a happy medium between in-ear portability and over-ear quality sound.


Any of the headphones on-ear are designed with a view to travel. The earcups on the over-ear headphones are thinner than you can see. Some of them still fold up for quick transportation.

On-ear vs over-ear headphones is a matter of personal choice. Normally on-ear headphones do not get as hot as the over-ears, so they do not rest inside the ear canal, which is worrying some people.

On the other hand, some individuals are more responsive, so the in-ear headphones will also contribute to the discomfort caused by repetitive ear contact.

On-ear headphones cannot seal the way in-ear and over-ear headphones do, so when it comes to noise insulation they usually leave a little to be desired.