Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Do-It-Youself EarBuds that Fit!

We use in-ear monitors in the praise band at church. I've been wearing the $99 Bose earbuds because they sound amazing, especially for a bass player (nice low frequency range). However, they didn't fit well at all. The little earpieces didn't sit in my ears well and they frequently fell out. I was constantly having to reinsert them. So I decided I wanted to to convert them into custom fitted ear buds, like the kind the pros wear. However, I didn't want to go to an audiologist to have custom molds of my ear specially made, nor was I brave enough to use a caulking gun in my ears. So while Googling how to do this yourself, I found the website for EarPlugsThatFit.com. Which also advertises the same product specifically for custom fitting earbuds. I ordered a kit, which arrived yesterday and promptly turned my uncomfortable earbuds in to awesome ones. They send you 2 canisters of different materials, which after you combine them and insert them into your ears will cure into custom fitted silicone earplugs. For only $16.49, this was WAY cheaper than a custom molding at the audiologist. I've been wearing them for hours tonight while working on the computer and I almost forgot I had them in they're so comfortable. I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants a custom fit for their earbuds.

UPDATE (April 21, 2009) - As you can see from the comments to this post, Earplugs that Fit has sold the company to Radians.com , so if you're interested in this product, you can find it there.

11 comments:

Rick said...

Looks like you could've achieved the same look with a $1.50 pack of Doublemint, dude. But they look sharp.

Chuck said...

Are you guys using something like Aviom personal mixer systems? Our band started using them a couple of years ago due to the acoutistics of the church.

George said...

Yes, we've been using the Avioms for a couple of years now. We each have our own Aviom mixer and a Shure Wireless monitor thingy. It's pretty much a must in order to limit the amount of stage sound the sound guy has to deal with. We use electronic drums for that very reason, but they didn't sound very good, so we switched back to acoustic drums and put a sheild in front and special sound baffels behind. We're getting ready to replace the Aviom rack controller with an Aviom card that goes directly in the sound board, so we can have EQ and effects in our mix.

Alan said...

Is that an ear candle?

Kyle said...

I uh.....
Ear.
Hey Man, there's something in your..... I really got nothing.
Sorry.

Ferdlings said...

Sweet. Can you take them out?

ryan said...

Before I read your post I thought that you shoved silly putty into your ears. Great idea but do they sound better, the same, or worse? And for anyone trying to follow the links, it appears that they don't take you to the right site.

George said...

Actually, I redid them later with another kit and I didn't use the whole kit, so they turned out smalled and looked a little better. This stuff definitely improved the fit. The Bose earbuds already sounded great, so it didn't affect the sound at all, just the fit. One downside (other than it not looking great) is that it totally plugs your ears, like earplugs (go figure), so when I would sing I could hear my "head voice" more than the earbuds. This stuff comes in several other colors too, so you could get a color that matched your buds and it would look less like silly putty.

I'm not sure why their links would have changed.

pizzafilms said...

That's exactly what I want to make...for use in my church's band as well.

Did you use your own earphones? I want to use my own...I'm pretty picky.

I'm so bummed that EarPlugsThatFit.com doesn't exist anymore. Any chance you have any more info on them?

George said...

Thanks for the comment/question. This worked pretty good with my own earbuds (Bose) and I actually remade them later with a second kit and used less material, so they wouldn't be so big. Worked almost too well, as it was more like an ear plug and I could hear my "head voice" too loud when singing. Otherwise, great. VERY sound isolating.

I did not realize that the company was out of business, or at least their web site is. I looked back in my email and found a message from someone confirming my order, so I just sent them an email asking if they have a way for you to order some. I'll post another comment with the info if I hear back form them.

George said...

Wow! I just got a really promt reply from they guy and he said the following:

"Google Radians.com. We sold to them and they have continued to carry the line of plugs."

I just checked their site and there they are, listed as Radian's custom ear protection.