Earbuds have become a mainstay on the public square, as well as in the classrooms. Music lovers, the average person, and teachers find them excellent for listening to music, weather reports, digital stories and more. Teachers are known to have them in common use in a variety of ways; including at listening stations, reading centers, for testing, and even for games. Because of this, they have an obligation to preserve them so that they last and produce high-quality sound. Others could stand to think of the longevity of earbuds as well. There are a number of key ways to make disposable ear buds last, so they don’t have to be constantly replaced. Following are some reasons to keep them in tip-top shape and ideas on how to accomplish this.
Good Reasons to Preserve Ear buds
Some of the reasons why earbuds need to be preserved as much as possible and are worth considering.
- Ear infections and wax build-up (or worse, impacted wax) can happen in students (or anyone), and you want to keep this to a minimum.
- You don’t want these in-ear headphone replacements to keep falling out of the ears or producing low-quality sounds.
- Having something foreign in the ears stymies (the ear’s ability to clean themselves)
- When stored in pockets and purses, they come in contact with all kinds of dust, bacteria, dirt, and germs.
- They are not exactly cheap, especially if you buy quality ear buds.
Here are a few ideas for cleaning your earbuds. They are delicate, yet made of specialized parts. So, you want to be a champion of properly cleaning them. Otherwise you defeat the purpose.
- Try gently cleaning them with a dry toothbrush. You want it dry so you can prevent water damage. With a dry toothbrush, you can remove trapped particles of wax. Spend time on the metal screen, and dust, grime, and other particles will flake away.
- A sterilized toothpick can be used to clean off larger particles of ear wax.
- Consider using things like hydrogen peroxide in moderation. You can dip the toothbrush or toothpick in this solution, but you should never saturate the parts with any liquid.
- Clean the silicone or foam tips with a damp cloth. Make sure the cloth is only minimally wet. Once again, hydrogen peroxide should help with this task.
- Replace the silicone tips or foam tips on occasion. This will certainly vanquish the build-up of wax and bacteria. You will get superior sound quality this way. Dead skin cells and other matter accumulate on these delicate parts. When you find that you can no longer clean them with a damp cloth, it’s time to replace them.
- Those who use ear buds should definitely clean their ears on a regular basis.
Those thin cords are still significant parts of the dynamics behind the workings of ear buds. They have metal cable inside of them. Because of this, winding them carelessly or balling them up will cause them to become defective pretty quickly. In addition, tangles require aggression, something you don’t want. You also have magnetic parts and other internal fragments. Here are some ideas on how to avoid storage problems.
- Don’t store them in your pockets or purses. One exception is if they are in a case designed for them. You can put them in a case, and then place the case in a purse or pocket.
- Purchase cases designed especially for ear buds. One with an interior made of cloth might be the best type. You should also consider cases that have two parts, one for the cord and one for the earpiece.
- Roll the cord when you are not using it. A tie, such as is found on loaves of bread, will suffice. Don’t bend the cord at an angle when rolling them, instead, loop them. Some people use three fingers as a loop by winding the cord around and around and them removing the fingers after securing the loops together. See if your earbuds come with a coiler, where you can accomplish this with even greater ease.
- Don’t wrap the cord around a device, such as a phone, tablet, MP3 player, etc.
- Don’t expose them to magnets, they have magnets inside them, and exposure to magnets will destroy the internal parts. Also, avoid leaving or storing them in direct sunlight or at high temperatures.