How To Make Headphones More Comfortable?

how to make headphones more comfortable

Exemplary noise reduction and clearer audio mean little if headphones are uncomfortable. So, you need to learn how to make headphones more comfortable to enjoy the game or music. We have the best hacks for the major comfort issues you may encounter with your headphones.

As your voiceover work or gaming increases, you may find yourself spending many hours at a time under headsets. The last thing you want is to have sore ears or a headache caused by uncomfortable headphones.

Inspect Them to Pinpoint the Problem

The very first thing that you can do to ensure superior comfort is to buy a product that is highly comfortable. Every pair of headsets is different. This simply means every pair comes with its own unique discomforts.

In light of this, it goes without saying that you need to inspect your set to establish where the pain is originating from and why. The cause can be anything from tight clamping force, uncomfortable headband, or cheaply made padding.

How did the inspection go? Did you find some serious design issues with your headphones? Fear not, I have a number of solutions prepared for you for the common problems you have found.

The Headphone Clamp Too Tight

Headphones are made to fit a larger percentage of the general public. However, people are different, and the clamping force may not be perceived the same by different people. What you may consider cozy fitting may actually be too tight for someone else.

No matter how nice-looking the headsets appear aesthetically, they won't do you any good if they cause significant pressure points.

While most headsets will break-in with continued use, there are some cases when you will have to help with the process. A common fix is DIY stretching to make headphones loose. You can use a stack of books or a box.

how to make headphones comfortable

For textbook results, you should use a stack of books or a box that is slightly wider than your head. It' s simple physics really. If you stretch your headphones beyond the width of your head, then they are going to be more comfortable.

Before you stretch your headsets beyond their limit and finally break them, you should be careful of a few things. They must be of decent quality, since there are pretty cheap headsets available in the market that will easily break if you attempt to stretch them.

Be slow, don' t be in a hurry to stretch the set too much, they may break even if they are of decent quality.

The Headphone is So Heavy that Presses Head

This is a common problem with circumaural headphones. They have a ring-shaped muff that rests on the head around the ear and not actually on the ear. The enclosure around the muff is closed or solid.

These headphones are probably the most common, as they usually provide a full bass sound and minimize outside noise better than other styles. They are less likely to leak sound, but they are often heavier and more cumbersome.

To lessen the pressure and discomfort exerted on your head from the excess weight, you need more ergonomic headband design. Begin by stretching the headband to reduce the clamping force. This will help to ease the pressure exerted on your head.

Then, add extra cushioning to the headband. Order additional cushioning as a sort out part from the manufacturer, and Velcro the cushioning onto your headsets. This will improve comfort and provide the look and sound you like.

The Headphones are Very Hot After Wearing a Long Time

This is in fact one of the commonest issues with on-ear or over-ear headphones. The padding on most of these devices is made of foam covered in fake plastic leather. All of which do not allow your skin to breathe properly.

It is surely not a major concern, but it bothers more people than I can count. In my view, it is a common enough problem that needs fixing. Yet, manufacturers do not seem to take notice, and so they keep on producing headsets with ear cups that blow your ears with hotness.

The best fix for this problem is simple; find more breathable, softer velour ear pads. Most manufacturers design low-cost third-party pads for widely held models. All you have to do is conduct an Amazon search to find the ideal pair for your model.

The only problem is that you cannot make the ear pads more comfortable without sacrificing bass and isolation.

Glass and Headphones Don' t Mix

If you are a headphone user who wears glasses, then you know exactly what it' s like to have the size of your glasses digging into the side of your head. There is always a super painful experience, especially over a long gaming or music listening session.

It' s true that glass and headsets don' t mix, but there is a way that you can make headphones comfortable with glass. The fix to this problem is to buy headphones with removable or softer ear cups.

Look for ear cup replacements that are made of faux velour with a sort of very velvety feel to them. Such ear cups will contour to the shape of your glass temples. This will surely add the much comfort you need with your glasses on.

Another simple yet expensive hack is to sacrifice the structural integrity of your headsets by cutting the shape of your entire frame on the ear pads. If you are worried about damaging your headsets, you should first try out this hack with cheaper replacement pads.

You can also opt for thinner glass frames. This simply means that the part of the frame that is pressed against your scalp is much smaller. This would ultimately help to ease any pressure on your ear cartilage and temporal bone.  

The Drivers Press against Ears

The clamping force does need to be too much for the drivers to press against your ears. If your headphone model is equipped with shallow ear cups, they are likely to press on your ears, causing pressure points and pain.

The most reliable fix for this problem is for you to deepen the ear pads. The only problem is that this solution may interfere with sound quality.

You can deepen the cups by stuffing them with foam material in a circular manner. This will certainly improve the padding thickness, providing more room for your ears to be comfortable. I highly recommend backer rod, it' s cheap and easy to use 

In Conclusion

In my experience, you can easily make headphones more comfortable if you know how. The very first thing to do is buy headsets that provide you with your desired comfort. You have to try them on before making a purchase.

Like human faces that appear similar, but different in contours, sizes, and shapes, headphones also display unique variations in details. What seems comfortable for you may not be for someone else. The aforementioned hacks are what you need to improve your customized comfort.  


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