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The 8 Best Waterproof Headphones

Contrary to popular belief, waterproof headphones are not just for swimming. If you are someone who perspires a lot or there is a risk of getting your headphones wet while training, then it’s best to use waterproof in-ear headphones.

There are a lot of choices when it comes to waterproof headphones, but ultimately, the application will decide what type of headphones you require. Below we take you through the various technical specs and explain which headphone is right for each application. At the top of each product, we even list the activities the waterproof headphones are best suited for.

Our Pick!

SENSO ActivBuds S-250

SENSO ActivBuds S-250

The SENSO ActivBuds S-250 is possibly one of the highest-rated waterproof headphones. They are exceptionally well priced with all the features you will need from a pair of sports headphones.

Quick Pick – Our Awards!

Best Overall (Our pick)

The SENSO ActivBuds S-250 is possibly one of the highest-rated waterproof headphones. They are exceptionally well priced, with all the features you will need from a pair of sports headphones.

The Budget Choice

If you’re after the cheapest option, then it comes down to the Otium. It is on Amazon for a little under $20. These are not the best-sounding headphones but certainly good enough for a workout. This option includes a built-in microphone with an 8-hour battery.

Best Sounding Waterproof Headphone

The SENSO ActivBuds S-250 have great sound, with a good bass response and crisp and clear highs and mids. The overall sound signature is better than the competitors, but it certainly has some contenders.

Best Waterproof Headphones for Swimming

The Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle is the only IPX7 headphone recommended for swimming. This product is actually endorsed by US National Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist – Rebecca Soni.

Most Comfortable

There are two choices when it comes to comfort – the HydroActive Waterproof Headphones or the Swimbuds Sport. The HydroActive is a headset that fits around the head, while the Swimbuds Sport is a cable.

This article doesn’t just cover the best waterproof headphones but also offers some useful advice. The biggest issue with in-ear headphones is finding the right fit. To help you out, we’ve included a quick guide on the various earbud types to give you a better idea of why they are designed in each specific shape.

UpdateThis page was updated on June 3rd, 2020. For a full update history, click here.

1. SENSO ActivBuds S-250

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones (ActivBuds S-250)

The SENSO Bluetooth headphones, the ActivBuds S-250, are possibly one of the highest-rated waterproof headphones. At under $30, the ActivBuds S-250 is exceptionally well-priced, with all the features you will need from a pair of sports headphones.

The earbuds fit deep and snug in the ear, with an over-ear piece to ensure the headphones don’t fall out. This fit also offers a good amount of noise isolation so that you can block out the world and focus on your workout.

The ActivBuds S-250 feature SENSO’s ‘High Definition Sound.’ These waterproof headphones are really loud and deliver a surprising amount of bass for earbud-type headphones. The clarity on the mids and highs is just right. Certainly good enough for a workout. You shouldn’t have any issues listening to music or a podcast while training.


The SENSO ActivBuds S-250 is a wireless waterproof headphone featuring Bluetooth 4.1. Pairing your headphones to your smartphone or iPod is quick and easy. The 30ft Bluetooth range on the ActivBuds S-250 means you can use these headphones for just about any sport – except swimming. The range is decent enough to place your phone or iPod on a bench or table next to you while working out in the gym. If you use an iPod or phone strapped to your body, then the 30ft range won’t be an issue either.


The battery on the ActivBuds S-250 lasts 8 hours which is more than enough for most people. The battery will fully recharge from flat in around 2 hours. The headphones recharge via a MicroUSB cable which SENSO provides with Bluetooth waterproof headphones.


On the right earbud, you have a couple of controls: you can adjust the volume up and down, as well as skip tracks on your Bluetooth-paired device. The ActivBuds S-250 also features a built-in microphone so you can take calls during your workout too.


The ActivBuds S-250 headphones are IPX7 rated, so it will be good for depths of up to 1m, as well as sweat and splashes of water. In theory, you could use the ActivBuds S-250 for swimming, but if you dive too deep, the headphones might get damaged, and you would definitely go beyond the 30ft Bluetooth range while swimming laps.


Included with the ActivBuds are three sets of earbuds (small, medium, and large), ensuring you find the right fit for your ears. These are standard-fitting earbuds, so if you find a style that fits your ears better, you could just purchase generic replacements to use with these headphones.

Also included is a cable management clip. This allows you to tie up the excess cable behind your neck to ensure it won’t get in your way while training.

What’s in the box?

  • SENSO ActivBuds S-250
  • Softshell Carrying Case
  • USB charging cable
  • 3 Sets of Ear Tips – Small, Medium, Large
  • Cable Management Clip

SENSO ActivBuds S-250 Bluetooth Headphones Conclusion

The ActivBuds S-250 is a great pair of waterproof Bluetooth headphones. They offer a decent amount of bass, which is great for driving workout music while still delivering great clarity for listening to podcasts etc. The 30ft range is perfect if you strap your Bluetooth device to your body or place it on a bench or table near them while working out. At under $30, the SENSO ActivBuds S-250 do exactly what it says on the box for an affordable price.

2. HydroActive Waterproof Headphones

HydroActive Waterproof Headphones

The HydroActive Waterproof Headphones is one of Underwater Audio’s premium swimming headphones. The HydroActive is a headband-style headphone that fits over the ear and around the back of the head. The short cord is the perfect length for an MP3 player fitted to a goggle strap or swim cap.


Included with the HydroActive Waterproof Headphones are 11 earbuds in 4 different styles. There are four ergo-style tips that fit flush inside the ear (these are great for minimal impact for a swim cap or cycle helmet) and three fin-style tips which fit inside the ear and around the ear canal (similar to the ergo tips).

These two styles are both very similar, so it’s going to come down to which is more comfortable for you. Also included are three standard tree-style tips and one round/dome-style tip. All of these come in multiple sizes, so you’re bound to find the right fit from one of the 11 ear tips. There is also a cable extension for other sports activities where you may require a longer cable.


The HydroActive Waterproof Headphones are IPX8 rated to a depth of 3m for an unlimited amount of time. This is perfect for most pool and swimming activities. The gold-coated ⅛ inch connector is resistant to corrosion and ensures the best signal transfer when connected to an audio device.

What’s in the box?

  • HydroActive Waterproof Headphones
  • 4 x ergo ear tips
  • 3 x fin ear tips
  • 3 x tree ear tips
  • 1 x dome/round ear tips
  • Ear tip organizer
  • Softshell carry case

HydroActive Waterproof Headphones Conclusion

The HydroActive Waterproof Headphones are designed for professional swimmers and athletes who are looking for durable headphones that can be worn for extended periods of time. The IPX8 rating means the headphones are protected up to depths of 3m, which is perfect for most swimming activities. The package includes a range of ear tips to fit just about every ear size.

3. Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle

Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle

The Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle is the only IPX7 headphone recommended for swimming. This product is actually endorsed by US National Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist – Rebecca Soni.

Rebecca includes a 30-minute workout that covers alignment, efficiency, timing, and technique to improve your swimming. The workout is for an intermediate level and requires a pair of goggles, a kickboard, and a pool buoy. If you’re serious about your swimming training, then this is the waterproof headphone setup for you.


The Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle comes with a free pair of starter waterproof short-cord headphones. These are the Swimbuds Originals that we feature in part two of this article (IPX8 Waterproof Headphones). You can upgrade to the improved Swimbuds Sport for an extra $20. The regular price for the Swimbuds Sport is $70 – giving you a $50 saving! You have to purchase the Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle and Swimbuds Sport at the same time in the same cart to receive the $50 discount.

Storage Capacity

The iPod Shuffle features 2GB of storage which is enough for a few hundred songs. More than enough for a few workouts. The great thing about using the iPod Shuffle is that you can just sync to your iTunes library, and the tracks are transferred. Other MP3 players require you to convert the iTunes tracks to separate MP3 files before transferring. While this isn’t difficult, it is time-consuming!


The iPod Shuffle controls are really simple, with a button for each function. You have a play/pause in the center, volume up and down, and then track skip left and right. The track left/right can also be used to seek through a track if needed.


The iPod Shuffle features a 15-hour battery life – the longest of all waterproof headphones and MP3 players we feature in this article.


The best thing about the iPod Shuffle is that it’s ultra-lightweight and compact. The MP3 player can easily fit on a goggle strap, swimming cap, or costume, and you won’t even know it’s there. The Swimbuds Original features a short cord which means you won’t have excess cable around your head. A great combination for swimming training.

The package includes a tube of FitGoo, three tree-style tips, and a dome/round tip. Also included is a test sample of AquaGuard Pre-Swim Hair Defense. Pool chemicals can leave often leave your hair dry and brittle. Applying AquaGuard before you swim prevents this. Full instructions are provided with the product. A pool floaty is another extra product included in this kit.

The floaty will ensure your iPod stays on the surface and won’t sink. If you’re swimming in the ocean, a lake, or a river where the water is murky, it might be a good idea to use the floaty, so if the iPod comes loose, it won’t sink to the bottom, and you’ll able to find it.

What’s in the box?

  • Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle
  • Swimbuds Original waterproof headphones
  • 3 x tree tips
  • 1 x dome/round tips
  • 0.5oz FitGoo
  • 1oz AquaGuard Pre-Swim Hair Defense
  • iFloatie flotation device
  • 3-inch charging/syncing cord
  • 30-minute audio swim workout by Olympic swimmer Rebecca Soni (free download)

Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle Conclusion

The Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle is for those who are serious about swimming. The device is ultra-lightweight, which means it won’t affect your usual training regime. The iPod delivers Apple’s high-quality audio, and if you upgrade to the Swimbuds Sport or Swimbuds Flex, you’ll have the best waterproof sports headphones to go with it. The Swimbuds Originals supplied with the iPod are also decent but with fewer earpiece options. The standard package retails for a little under $220 but is well worth the price for two high-quality waterproof products plus the extras.

4. Otium Bluetooth Headphones

Otium Bluetooth Headphones

If you’re looking for cheap wireless waterproof headphone, then the Otium Bluetooth Headphone is a great budget option. The modern, stylish design looks really cool, and for under $20, you won’t be breaking the bank. The earbuds fit snugly with an over-ear clip to keep the headphones in place no matter how rigorous your workout is.

The Otium Bluetooth headphones deliver a lot of volumes, more than you will probably need. The cozy fit offers a decent amount of noise isolation, so you shouldn’t have an issue with loud environments like the gym, for example. There is a good amount of bass. However, the mids are ever so slightly muddy. The highs are also relatively clear but also not a premium sound, which is to be expected from a cheap pair of wireless headphones. Having said all that, the sound isn’t bad; it’s just not as good when compared to the more expensive brands.


The Otium features Bluetooth 4.1. Pairing with your Bluetooth device is quick and easy, with a range of up to 30ft. This is great for those who strap their Bluetooth device to their body or on a bench nearby.


The control panel on the right ear of the Otium enables you to adjust the volume up and down, as well as skip tracks. The large power button on the same ear allows you to play and pause. A built-in microphone allows you to take hands-free calls.


The battery on the Otium is rated to last up to 8 hours. The quick-charge battery will fully recharge from flat within 1.5 hours. For most charges, you probably won’t need more than 45 minutes to an hour. On iOS devices, the battery life of the Otium will be displayed on the screen when paired.


The Otium features a tangle-resistant flat cable. There is also a cable clip included with the headphones to tighten any excess cable behind your head. Also included are three sizes of earbuds – small, medium, and large. The ear tip fitting is standard, so you can purchase generic ear tip replacements if needed.

What’s in the box?

  • Otium Bluetooth Headphones
  • 3 x Regular Ear Tips (small, medium, large)
  • Cable clip
  • Softshell carry case
  • USB charging cable

Otium Bluetooth Headphones Conclusion

The Otium Bluetooth Headphones are a great budget waterproof headphone option. The stylish design looks good, and it fits comfortably in the ear. Perfect for workouts, running, yoga, and other training regimes. The Otium is IPX7 rated, which means they can get wet but are not recommended for swimming. The Otium is not the best-sounding waterproof headphone, but they are an excellent budget option.

5. Swimbuds Sport Waterproof Headphones

Swimbuds Sport Waterproof Headphones

The Swimbuds Sport is the upgrade of the Swimbuds Original. The Sport model has improved on overall build quality, making the headphones more rugged for training. The Swimbuds have also improved on the sound quality with their trademarked ‘Hydrobeat’ sound technology.


The first thing you notice when unboxing the Swimbuds Sport is the extensive range of ear tip options these waterproof headphones come with. Like the Swimbuds original, you get the three tree-style tip sizes plus the single dome-style ear tip. Then you get three fin-style tip sizes, which match the contours of your ears. If you battle with the tree-style fit, then the fin tip will be a welcome addition.

Lastly, you also get four ergo-style ear tips. The ergo tips are similar to the fin-style, but instead of a fin, the ear tip sits flat in the ear. These are best suited if you use a swim cap. The ear tips sit neatly underneath the cap and don’t interfere with the fit – so you won’t feel any difference or discomfort.

With the new ear tips, the Swimbuds Sport is now suitable for any swimming activity and will even stay in your ears from a high dive (this is assuming you are able to put the MP3 player and cable under your swim cap).


The Swimbuds Sport is an IPX8-rated headphone which means you can use these to a depth of 3m. Swimbuds strongly advise against going further than 3m. The ⅛ inch connector is gold plated to prevent corrosion and ensure good signal transfer with your MP3 device. The cable is the same short cord from the Swimbuds Original, with a cable extension to use the headphones for other activities.

What’s in the box?

  • Swimbuds Sport Waterproof Headphones
  • 39-inch cable extension
  • 1 x round/dome tip
  • 3 x tree tips
  • 3 x fin tips
  • 4 x ergo tips
  • Softshell carry case

Swimbuds Sport Waterproof Headphones Conclusion

The Swimbuds Sport is better suited for professional swimmers or those who are looking for more ear-tip options. If the tree tips are not to your liking, then you’ll definitely find the right size with the Swimbuds Sport. At $70, the Swimbuds Sport is the more expensive option. However, you will enjoy a more rugged design, more ear tip choices, and better sound quality.

6. Swimbuds Headphones and SYRYN waterproof MP3 player

Swimbuds Headphones and SYRYN waterproof MP3 player

For under $60, you can get a pair of waterproof headphones with an 8GB SYRYN MP3 Player. Both of these are IPX8 rated, so they are suitable for swimming and other workout activities.

The Swimbuds headphones supplied with this package are the Original model (The same $40 featured in this article). To recap, the headphones come with a short cable and cable extension for other workout activities.

There are four ear tip options, three of which are flanged or tree-shaped specifically for swimming, while the fourth is dome-shaped for other activities. Also included is a tube of FitGoo to get a superior in-ear, watertight fit, as well as a pair of swimming goggles.

Mp3 Player

The SYRYN is a miniature, lightweight MP3 player designed specifically for swimmers. The clip will fit easily on a goggle strap, swim cap, or even a bathing suit strap. The player rotates, so no matter where you fit the device, you can twist it to a position that is easier for you to access.

The SYRYN MP3 player is a three-button device. There is a play/pause button, skip track left button, and skip tracks right button. Each button is multi-function, giving you significant control over your music.


The play/pause button is also the on/off switch, as well as shuffle activation/deactivation. Holding the play/pause for 10 seconds will reset the device. The left/right skip buttons also adjust the volume on the device. So there is a lot you can do with the minimal button layout, all easy to reach and adjust.


The SYRYN features a single ⅛ inch input which is used for the headphones, charging, and loading music on the MP3 player. The player supports both MP3 and WMA audio formats. Using MP3 format, you should be able to store between 1500 to 2000 songs.

What’s in the box?

  • 8GB SYRYN waterproof MP3 player
  • Swimbuds Original headphones
  • 3 x tree-shaped ear tips (small, medium, large)
  • 1 x dome-shaped ear tips
  • 39-inch cable extension
  • 0.5oz FitGoo
  • Swimming goggles

Swimbuds Headphones and SYRYN waterproof MP3 player Conclusion

If you’re looking for a pair of waterproof headphones with an MP3 player, then the Swimbuds, SYRYN combo is an excellent choice. The total package comes in at under $60, which includes the FitGoo and swimming goggles. This is an incredible value package considering it is cheaper than some waterproof headphones without the extras!

7. Swimbuds Waterproof Headphones

Swimbuds Waterproof Headphones

The Swimbuds are a popular choice when it comes to IPX8 swimming headphones. These headphones are specifically designed for swimming with a special short cord and deep-fitting flanged or tree-tip style earbuds. This design keeps the earbuds in your ears even with regular diving, flips, and turns. For high dives, however, these headphones may pull out from the force.

The short cord enables swimmers to limit the amount of cable excess around their heads. If you have a waterproof MP3 player small enough to fit on a google or swim cap, then the Swimbuds cable is the perfect length. For ladies, the cable is also long enough if you prefer wearing an MP3 player on your shoulder strap.


The Swimbuds do come with a cable extension, allowing you to use these waterproof headphones for other workouts like running or when you’re in the gym. This makes the Swimbuds a versatile headphone for all sports activities or even travel.

The Swimbuds come with four earbud tips: three tree tip sizes and one regular dome tip. Also included is a 0.5oz tube of FitGoo for a superior earbud fit. Once in your ears, the Swimbuds offer a tight, snug fit that won’t have any impact on your normal swimming regime.


The sound quality on the Swimbuds is decent enough. Obviously, in the water, you aren’t going to experience mind-blowing sound, but then all you really want is something to work out to in the water. And, for under $40, these Swimbuds are a great choice.

What’s in the box?

  • Swimbuds Waterproof Headphones
  • 3 x tree tips
  • 1 x dome tip
  • 1 x 0.5oz tube of FitGoo
  • 39-inch cable extension

Swimbuds Waterproof Headphones Conclusion

The Swimbuds Waterproof Headphones are the best quality underwater headphones available for under $40. These IPX8-rated swimming headphones can also be used for other sports by adding the cable extension and changing to a more suitable ear tip if necessary.

8. Tayogo Bone Conduction Swimming Headphones

The Tayogo WB01 waterproof headphones use bone conduction rather than in-ear audio transmission. These headphones are rated IPX8 waterproof and can be used in depths up to 5 meters (16 feet) underwater. Aside from swimming, these headphones are also great for the gym, running, cycling, or casual use.  


The Tayogo WB01 waterproof headphones are bone-conduction headphones paired with a portable playback system built-in. Since these don’t connect to a source using Bluetooth, you can save up to 8GB of music on the device from any computer using a USB cable. Because of this, you’re able to move anywhere without worry of going past the Bluetooth pairing zone, which is often limited to around 50 feet, though slight dropouts can occur sooner. The Tayogo waterproof headphones can also stream FM radio. However, this has quite an impact on battery life. 


The Tayogo WB01’s battery isn’t the most powerful but lasts long enough for a session at the gym, beach, or lake. With a battery life of around 5 hours using stored playlists, and 3 hours playing FM radio, you’ll need to recharge these waterproof headphones each time before you hit the water. 


On the left channel conductor, there are controls for power on/off, play/pause, previous track, next track, and volume up/down. There are LED indicators that show you which mode you’re on (Stored MP3 or FM radio) 


The Tayogo WB01 waterproof headphones come with a pair of underwater ear plugs to improve the bone conduction audio quality, as well as a waterproof carry bag.  

What’s in the box?

  • Tayogo WB-01 waterproof headphones
  • USB charging cable
  • Waterproof earplugs
  • Instruction manual
  • Carry bag

Tayogo WB01 Waterproof Sports Wearable Headset Conclusion

The Tayogo WB01 bone conduction waterproof headphones are an excellent option for those looking to listen to music, podcasts, audiobooks, or the radio while swimming/exercising but don’t want to be limited to how far you can go from your phone or would prefer to not leave your smartphone poolside while you’re underwater. 

The battery life could be a little better, but it still lasts more than long enough for a single session. Considering the price of below $50.00, these waterproof headphones offer incredible value for money. 

Which IPX Rating Do I Need?

The IPX rating determines how waterproof a consumer electronics product is. In this article, we focus on IPX7 and IPX8. If you are just looking for waterproof headphones for general workouts, then an IPX7 headphone would be best suited for this kind of activity. IPX7 is rated to a depth of 1m for around 30 minutes. While IPX6 or even IPX5 would handle some perspiration, it would be better to get IPX7, as you can rinse these under the water to remove sweat and grime after your workout.

If you intend to use your waterproof headphones for swimming or other water activities, then you must use IPX8. IPX8 is the highest waterproof rating for consumer electronics. There is no exact depth or time for this rating. Instead, the manufacturer will indicate this on the product. For example, a rating might read something like IPX8 rated to a depth of 3m (9.8ft) for 1 hour.

IPX7 headphones are great for a range of activities, including gym workouts, running, yoga, hiking, cycling, and other land-based sports. While you could use these headphones for swimming, you wouldn’t want to dive beyond 1m. For this reason, people generally avoid using IPX7 headphones for swimming.

And then, of course, there’s IPX8. These are headphones primarily designed for swimming. However, they can be used for other activities, including general listening and travel. The IPX8 headphones are all cable headphones. Unfortunately, wireless technology is not advanced enough to work inside water, and the longest Bluetooth range is 33ft (10m) max. This means if you’re doing laps in a 25m or 50m pool, you won’t be able to swim a length without dropout.

The cables on IPX8 waterproof headphones for swimming are short. This is to reduce the amount of excess around your head, which can hinder your swimming performance if you keep getting caught up in the cable. The best position for an MP3 player is on the goggle strap, swim cap, or ladies’ shoulder strap. This will ensure the least amount of interference and that the short cord will reach the ⅛ inch input.

What is FitGoo?

Throughout this article, you’ll have seen many of the waterproof headphones, especially the IPX8 swimming headphones, which come with a tube of FitGoo. FitGoo is a lubricant that allows you to insert the headphone ear tips easily, giving you a deep, snug, watertight fit. You can also purchase it separately on Amazon for around $8.

How to Clean and Care for Your Waterproof Headphones


Waterproof headphones are all in-ear-fitting headphones. This means you are bound to get earwax and sweat on the headphones after use. You must keep your headphones clean. Otherwise, it may lead to damage from clogging or possibly infection.

You want to clean your ear tips after every use, using lukewarm (not hot) water with dish soap. If there isn’t a lot of sediment, just use your hands to rub the headphones and ear tips clean. If there is sediment buildup, use an old toothbrush to scrub this off. Once clean, rinse thoroughly to get all the soap off.

Lastly, towel dry your headphones and make sure they are completely dry before storing them. Any water sitting on the speaker grille can eventually start to cause damage and seep through. So you should always store your headphones only once they are completely dry.

Don’t Yank the Cord

One of the first parts to break on any set of headphones is the cable that connects to the ⅛ adapter. For waterproof headphones, this means you’ll have to purchase a new pair. To prolong the life of your cable, always pull the cord out of your MP3 device on the connector and not the cable. The cable is made up of tiny strands of wire which break one by one over time as you yank the cable out. At first, you’ll start to hear some breaking up or crackling until, eventually, the connection breaks completely. So pull the connector, not the cable.

Correct Way to Wrap the Cord

Another way to kill your cable is incorrect wrapping. A lot of people wrap the cable around their phone or MP3 device and then throw it in a bag for traveling. This is one of the quickest ways to destroy your cable.

Firstly, wrapping around an object means the cable entering the connector is pulled somewhat tight and at an angle. This puts pressure on the connector, which leads to the same damage as explained in our ‘Don’t Yank the Cord’ section above. Secondly, this also damages the cable where the wrap goes around the corner of a device. It kinks the cable, weakening the strands until they eventually break.

One correct way to wrap your cable is to first remove the cable from the MP3 device, then wrap the cable gently around your three fingers, slide the cable off and store the earphone – easy! With this method, there are no edges to kink the cable and no pressure on the connector either. See here for more ways to safely wrap your headphones.

Which Ear Tip Do I Choose?

Choosing the right ear tip can be confusing. When I first got in-ear headphones, I used to just stick the first one I found in my ear. For general listening, this isn’t too much of an issue, but for sports having the right ear tip can make a big difference to the comfort while you move about.

Round/Dome Style

Round/Dome– Round or dome ear tips is probably the one we’re all most familiar with. These are usually sold with in-ear headphones. If you have ever purchased a new mobile phone, the headphones supplied will almost always have round ear tips. Round ear tips come in two types, silicone and foam.

The silicone usually comes in three sizes, so you can find a fit that’s closest to your ear size. The foam or memory foam round ear tips usually come in one size. To get the fit, you pinch the ear tip and insert it into your ear. The foam expands and is somewhat molded to your ear canal. The more expensive memory foam usually works best for this.

Tree Style

TreeTree ear tips is another familiar ear tip, sometimes included standard with a pair of in-ear headphones. These are great for waterproof headphones because they fit deep into the ear canal and prevent water from entering the ear.

They also offer good noise isolation, so you can hear the audio better at lower levels without increasing the volume. Great for noisy activities like swimming or in the gym. This is the ear tip you would most likely want to use FitGoo to get a good fit.

Ergo Style

ErgoErgo tips are the most common fit found in professional in-ear headphones. Similar to the ones you see musicians wearing. You can get these custom molded to your ear which is the best way to wear these ear tips.

This is an expensive option, so for general use, they usually come in three sizes, small, medium, and large. The ergo tips fit inside the ear and then flush inside the ear itself offering the smallest ear tip footprint for your ear.

Fin Style

FinFin ear tips are similar to ergo tips, however, the fit slightly differently. As the name implies, a small fin extends into the top of the ear. This fit is better for larger ears. Ultimately, it’s going to come down to testing between ergo and fin tips to find which is more comfortable for your ear.

Best Method for Inserting Swimming Headphones

Here is a step-by-step guide to inserting your swimming headphones into your ears. We have found this to be the most effective for getting the best fit.

  1. If you have some FitGoo, add a small drop to the tip of the earbuds.
  2. Using one hand, reach over your head and grab the opposite ear and pull up gently. For example, if you’re inserting an earbud in your left ear, use your right hand to reach over and grab the left ear. This will open the ear canal making it easier to insert your earbuds.
  3. Insert the earbud and, once inside comfortably, let go of the top of the ear with your other hand. The ear will close over the earbud ensuring a more comfortable, watertight fit.

What to do with that Cable?

Adding a cable to the mix of your normal swimming regime can cause some issues. The cable and MP3 player add more drag – and if the cable accidentally pulls out, you end up with water filling your ears. The first step to avoiding this is to correctly manage your headphone cable.

If you are training in the pool, I would assume you’re using a pair of swimming goggles. Your goggle strap is the best way to keep your headphone cable and MP3 player out of the way. Short-cord waterproof headphones, like the ones listed in this article, will be your best choice.

  1. Put your swim cap on, followed by your goggles.
  2. Attach your MP3 player to the back of your goggle strap directly behind your head. Plug in the ⅛ inch connector and feed the cable between the strap and your head.
  3. Individually, take each earbud and wrap the cable once around the back of the strap and then again once just behind the ear. Bring the cable over the ear and insert.
  4. Finally, pull your swim cap down over your ears.

This will keep the cable in place, reduce drag and prevent the connector from pulling out.

Waterproof Headphones – Update Log

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