It was a common observation that most earplugs that don’t fit properly are the ones that have a “large earbuds for small ears” driver case and from which the heavy driver protrudes.

This design can cause injury to the users’ ears, especially if they are used for many hours. The ears begin to hurt where the earplugs enter the ear canals. The user may also feel that their ears are blocked because the earbuds are in this position.

Recently, however, new earbuds have been developed and are available on the market. These are designed so that the driver housing is small and they can enter the users’ ear canal without damaging the area at the entrance.

Top 7 Earbuds for Small Ears

Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones

AfterShokz Air Open Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones, Slate Grey, AS650SG
  • Bone conduction technology and open Fit design delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to ambient sounds for maximum situational awareness during long-term wear.
  • The new, organic, wraparound design is 20% lighter than its counterpart to deliver a flexible fit for unnoticeable all-day comfort and stability.
  • Bluetooth V4.2 connectivity and convenient multipoint pairing compatible with your iOS and Android Bluetooth-ready smartphones or tablets and Mac and PC computers and laptops.
  • Premium pitch plus guarantees a Premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass.Frequency response:20Hz~20KHz
  • Enjoy six hours of continuous music + calls on a single charge, or 20 days of standby time. Charges in 2 hours.

The Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones are one of the most comfortable devices on the market. They have all the functions we expect from Bose headphones. They have the Bose sound signature, which makes them compatible with all music genres.

Design and Features

Bose SoundSport In-Ear headphones feature super-lightweight earpieces. The ear tips are angled away from the driver housing. They come with StayHear tips, which have a curved fin.

This holds the small ears tight and keeps the buds secure while you move. It’s an unusual feeling at first because the earpieces don’t get stuck in the ears. They still stay put in the ears during exercise.

The open design of these earphones allows ambient noise to enter, which is preferred when exercising in a public place. These earbuds for small ears have a 42-inch cable. You have the option of getting one with or without inline control.  Even with inline controls, you can choose between Android and Apple-friendly models.

There are three buttons — one multifunctional button and two for volume/track navigation. The cable ends in a straight connector. As part of accessories, StayHear ear tips are available in three different sizes. You also receive a neoprene bag with a zip and snap hook.

The accessories are designed for sportswear. These earphones are available in a variety of colors.

The bass is strong and powerful without being too overbearing. It extends far into the lower frequencies so that the audio doesn’t sound hollow even at low volumes.

Pros

  • Balanced, pleasant audio
  • Open non-invasive fit
  • Inline controls
  • StayHear tips for a secure fit
  • Durable

Cons

  • The audio could have been more detailed

Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass Earbud

The Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass Earphones are the affordable nirvana for the bass heads. These earbuds are specially designed to give you the extra bass you need.  The clean design and longevity speak for Sony’s experience in this field.

Design and Features

The Extra Bass Earphones MDRXB50AP from Sony are finished in black and metal, but look quite elegant. The driver housings are a bit large due to the 12mm drivers for the bass. However, this doesn’t affect the fit.

The filter, which protrudes from the earpieces, is slim and sits small in the ear canal. They sit flat in the ear canal so that small ears don’t feel clogged.

These earphones come with a 1.2m flat cable. This ends in an L-shaped plug. The cable has a one-button inline operation. This can be used to play/pause/answer/reject calls. The cable resists tangles.

These can last years if they are handled with care. They come with extra small, small, medium, and large ear tips. Thanks to the extra small tips, they also fit into these really small ears. A carrying case is supplied with the package.

Sony MDRXB50AP earbuds deliver the bass they promise. The low registers flow thick and powerful. There’s a distinct bump in the mid-bass, which gives the bass that extra kick.

Pros

  • Bold, powerful bass
  • Flat, tangle-proof cable
  • Excellent build quality
  • Affordable
  • Inline control

Cons

  • Restricted sound details

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones

The Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones offer high-end sound at an affordable price.  The light and small design fit well with the need for people with small ears.

Design and Features

The Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones feature ultra-light earpieces. These have aluminum reinforcements, but most of the construction is made of plastic. The lightweight cause negligible fatigue even if you wear it for hours.

The earpieces are also of average size. So they do not push against the area around the ear canal entrance. The cable is connected directly to the shaft of the speaker housing and is routed through a loop for better tension relief.  The earpieces are shiny and made in black and red.

These earbuds are supplied with silicone ear-tips in three sizes and a set of double-flanged ear-tips.  The cable ends in a robust L-shaped plug. The angled design provides strain relief, while the housing is slim to fit through any phone case. An inline control with three-button is located on the cable.

You can choose between the Android and Apple versions. The cable is not detachable, so be sure to choose the right version. The microphone and multi-function buttons on both remotes work with all platforms, but the volume navigation only works with the intended platform.

They bring their energy and clarity to every genre. But they maintain a balanced sound signature throughout. The bass reaches deep into the sub-bass region. The low registers support the sound even at low volumes so they don’t sound tinny.

The bass is well-defined with detail. Because of the kicker sub-bass, these earbuds sound fun even without any bass boost.

Pros

  • Balanced and pleasant audio quality
  • Highly enhanced sound reproduction
  • Lightweight earpieces
  • Android/Apple Inline controls
  • Stylish design

Cons

  • None

Senso Bluetooth IPX7 Waterproof Headphones

Senso Bluetooth Earbuds are great workout headphones. IPX7 Waterproof HD Stereo Sweatproof Earbuds with high water resistance. They are quite affordable and work without any latency issues.

Design and Features

The Senso Bluetooth Earbuds offer a secure fit. They have a curved ear loop that hooks around the ears. The earpieces protrude from these and position themselves directly above the ears.

These are supplied with silicone tips in 3 sizes. There are navigation buttons for volume/track and a multifunction button on the earpiece. There’s a microphone on board for making calls.

These earbuds are wirelessly connected via Bluetooth v4.1. The wireless range is 30 feet. They have a battery life of 8 hours per charge. It also has a USB cable for charging.

A zippered pouch is also part of the package. These are waterproof according to IPX7, which means they remain underwater up to 1m for up to 30 minutes without being damaged.

The Senso Bluetooth Earbuds keep strong in their Bluetooth range. With these, you don’t have to worry about choppy connections.

The sound reproduction is designed to be warm and pleasant. It flatters all genres equally well. The sound quality withstands gym noise because there’s sufficient volume range.

Pros

  • Bluetooth capable
  • Low latency
  • Sweat and waterproof
  • On-board controls
  • Balanced audio

Cons

  • Inconsistent quality

Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise-Canceling Headphone

Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, Apple Devices, Black
  • Compatible Devices: iPhone, iPad and iPod models
  • Included Components: QuietComfort 20 headphonesApple devices, 3 pairs StayHear+ tips (S, M, L), Clothing clip, Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (built-in), USB charging cable, Carrying case

Bose QuietComfort 20 Active Noise-Canceling Earbuds have comfort in their name. They‘ve one of the most non-invasive designs for in-ear hearing.

The sound is classic Bose and flatters all genres.  It is supported by long battery life and an intelligent and compact inline control.

Design and Features

The earpieces are compact and mounted with special StayHear+ earplugs. These do not penetrate the ears, which is surprising for a noise-canceling unit.

Rather, they have a curved ear fin that attaches the buds to the ears. People with small ears can be happy because there is very little need to penetrate the ears. Bose packs three different sizes of the StayHear+ tips with these.

The battery of these small ear earplugs is integrated into the cord. It’s a small flat housing that does not add much weight to the cable. It has a rubberized sheath that can come off with regular use.

It has the usual power and ANC off and on control. An additional button is used to activate Aware Mode. It switches the ANC off and lets you hear the surrounding noise.

The QC20 has under-the-hood technology that makes its ANC as efficient as the full-size QC25. The low-frequency noise is almost eliminated. This eliminates the hum of the AC system and the roar of the aircraft engine.

The digital signal processing associated with ANC also contributes to the subtle design of the sound. Apart from that, they have a large soundstage and instruments get room to breathe, which is rare in cheaper earphones.  The bass and midrange are even and balanced with the treble.

Pros

  • Active noise suppression from Bose
  • Balanced, pleasant audio
  • Loose but secure fit
  • Apple or Android inline control
  • 16-hour battery life

Cons

  • Not as detailed as non-ANC headphones in this price range

Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless

Jaybird Freedom F5 In-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Sports Headphones – Secure Sports Fit – Tough All-Metal Design – Ocean
  • MICRO-SIZED METAL BUDS – The Freedom Headphones by Jaybird have sandblasted, injection-molded metal parts for premium comfort and fashion. The smaller housing doesn’t affect signal performance and can remove distortion, giving you crystal-clear audio wherever you go
  • UNIVERSAL SECURE FIT – The patented silicone ear fins securely attach to the top and back/lower surface areas of the ear for a snug fit, locking the earbuds in during workouts and intense physical activities
  • SWEAT-PROOF – Built to last with a sleek yet rugged design, the Freedom Wireless Headphones are great for sports, workouts, and all weather conditions. Their hydrophobic nano-coating will keep moisture away, whether it's sweat, rain, or snow
  • PERSONALIZED SOUNDS – The MySound App allows you to tweak and customize the sound of your Freedom headphones for a personalized experience, and save them for later as a profile
  • HASSLE-FREE CHARGING – With just 20 minutes of charging, you get an extra hour of playtime. With up to 8 hours of total battery life, you’ll never miss a beat!

The Jaybird Freedom F5 is a great sports headphones that have a more streamlined design than the X2 and X3. They’re sufficiently stable for most workout routines and have good sound quality. They also passively block a lot of ambient noise and let hardly anything through, so you can play your music at higher volumes and won’t distract anyone around you.

Designs and Feature

The Jaybird F5 has a slimmer form factor than the older Jaybird models. The earbuds are smaller and thinner than those of the X3 or X2.

The Jaybird Freedom is very light in-ear headphones that come with different tip sizes to ensure a good fit. They also contain foam tips in the box, which are slightly more comfortable than the normal silicone tips.

Jaybird has integrated all the electronics in the inline remote. The headphones are sweat-resistant. You get 4 hours from the buds and another 4 hours with the included charging clip, which contains a second rechargeable battery. You can still wear headphones with the clip.

Instead of the batteries being in each earbud, the battery in the Freedom headphones was moved to the now relatively bulky remote control. This allows the solid aluminum earbuds to be super small, which improves comfort and fit.

Jaybird includes a nifty MySound app for Android and iOS that lets you customize the sound signature with a simple equalizer

Pros

  • Good isolation from passive noise
  • Minimal leakage
  • Stable and portable construction

Cons

  • For some people the in-ear fit is uncomfortable
  • Charging clip is bulky and uncomfortable

SoundPEATS Bluetooth Earphone

SoundPEATS True Wireless Earbuds 5.0 Bluetooth Headphones in-Ear Stereo Wireless Earphones with Microphone Binaural Calls, One-Step Pairing, Total 35 Hours, Upgraded TrueFree Plus
  • [TRUE WIRELESS & BLUETOOTH 5.0] - Adopt professional Bluetooth 5.0 chipset with high resolution decoder built-in and advanced audio coding technology to deliver extraordinary Hi-fi sound with low latency.
  • [AUTO PAIRING & ON-EAR CONTROL] - Auto power on and enter pairing mode right after out of charging case. User-friendly on-ear button on each side supports play/pause, switching tracks and handling phone calls easily.
  • [MONAURAL & BINAURAL CALLS] - Built-in microphones in both earbuds for you to enjoy hands-free calls and voice assistant with single or both earbuds as prefer. Voice comes from both earbuds in stereo mode.
  • [MORE & LONGER ENJOYMENT] - 3.5-4 hours working time per charge for the earbuds, 9-10 times full charge by the charging case. SoundPEATS TrueFree Plus wireless earbuds bring extended playtime and enjoyment.
  • [COMFORT FIT & WIDE COMPATIBILITY] - Different sized ear tips and in-canel cable-free design provide comfortable fit. Support Bluetooth-enabled devices with version 4.0 and above. PS: SoundPEATS provides 12 months hassle-free warranty to ensure the enjoyment of your purchase.

The SoundPEATS True Wireless are discreet, truly wireless in-ears with mixed usage. These in-ears are quite comfortable and isolate a reasonable amount of ambient noise, which makes them quite versatile for commuting and in the office.

Design and Features

Both the earplugs and the charging case have a completely black color scale with the SoundPeats logo on each piece.

The earbuds aren’t oversized. They’re not as small as some real wireless headphones we’ve seen, but they’re still pretty small.

There’s a button on each earphone that you can use to control playback, volume, etc. You have press the buttons, of course, but due to the placement of the buttons, you’ll also push the earbuds deeper into your ears, which can be a bit inconvenient.

The charger is charged via a MicroUSB cable. You’ll also find three extra pairs of ear tips. These earbuds are located on the middle line of battery life. At maximum volume, you can expect to play for about 3 to 4 hours before you have to throw them into the charging box.

The SoundPeats TrueFree Headphones connect to your listening device via Bluetooth 4.1. The bass is relatively deep and pouchy. The midrange is a bit scattered, but it’s not a deal-breaker. The low mids are subtly warm, but they’re somewhat overshadowed by the amplified high mids, which can sometimes sound a bit shrill.

Pros

  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • IPX6 water-resistance
  • AptX and aptX LL support
  • Multipoint connectivity
  • Magnetic housings

Cons

  • Microphone quality
  • Moderate battery life
  • The glossy surface gets dirty easily