1. The three monkeys have jobs to (not) do. Two of them take it very seriously. The third who’s job is to hear no evil has been slacking by listening to Air Pods under his closed hands. He’s been found out and he’s embarrassed.

  2. I suppose woozy and Pete have it, but my first thought was that the middle monkey was just trying to keep his earbuds in. I can’t use them. They either keep falling out (which would make a wireless version really bad for me) or I have to jam them in so far, they make my ears hurt.

  3. I’m in much the same position as DemetriosX. Even with a special-deluxe pair that were supposed to be adjustable and had add-on bits that were supposed to help — these might have worked, but I had no time or patience to try all possible configurations. The only in-ear plugs that have pretty much worked for me were the ones rented on a flight long ago, where the ear bits are at the ends of a rigid scissor-clamp device that holds the sound hose (these are non-electronic, the audio signal is transmitted by air pressure).

  4. I’m pretty sure everyone else is right. But my first thought was that the 3rd monkey swallowed the airpods and regretted it…

  5. I don’t usually have trouble with keeping in earbuds (with some exceptions), but I do find I get a better seal and a more secure fit by using foam tips. Comply is the most well known brand, but I find them a bit pricey and they don’t last as long as something like these. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0711B1GSJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    You do need to get the right size, though. They do sell one that comes with small, medium, and large tips. You also have to get the right size for the phones. So, maybe just better to go over head.

    For over the head bluetooth headphones, these work surprisingly well and don’t cost a lot. https://www.amazon.ca/Bluetooth-Headphones-Tribit-Wireless-Playtime/dp/B0759QFPQ3/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=tribit+bluetooth+headphones&qid=1595266430&s=electronics&sr=1-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFKN0QyN0tEMDFEQjMmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAzNDIyODgzTEowS0JaSVBNQ1BKJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA5OTM2OTkxNkgwRDlZOFVCWUo0JndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

  6. I have not tried, but I am pretty sure that I cannot fit earbuds in my ears. Robert bought me the older type of ear insert headphones with wires years ago and we could not get them in my ears and he had to give me a pair of old headphones he had that go over one’s ears for whatever it was that I needed them for.

    (I also buy children’s gloves and shoes as they fit me better than women’s.)

  7. It was useful when they started to distinguish “on ear” headphones from “over ear”. The “on ear” are lighter and breathe better. “Over ear” , the older traditional style, may be better at sealing and excluding ambient sound; and would be the choice if you expect a noise-cancellation feature to work.
    And then of course there’s “in ear” the parallel term for buds and their ilk.

  8. I’m using Apple earbuds (wired) and HATE them. They’re way too big for my ears – and I’m having to use them for hours at a time, for long conference calls. I’ve bought an adapter so my good earbuds will work with my (work) iPhone – it should come Wednesday. My good earbuds are from Bose – they cost the earth (more than $100, I think), but they sit on my ear canal rather than trying to jam in, and stay on with rubbery curved-cone shapes into the curves of my ears. I’ve worn them walking and running without any problem. I also have Bose true-wireless earbuds, which stay on almost as well, but work is slightly obsessive about not attaching devices to their phones. I’m not sure I’ll get away with the wired earbuds but I’ll argue hard for them (if I have to – I’d rather nobody notices).

  9. jjmcgaffey: plugging into a headphone jack is probably (depending some on what silliness Apple’s been up to) quite a bit safer than attaching wireless headphones with Bluetooth. If they give you crap, consider pointing that out, and also that _not_ using headphones for sensitive calls is a real and maybe more serious security risk as well.

  10. My earphones that came with the iPod don’t fit. I do have the headphones that I had at work, which I use with the computer. I suppose it was technically stealing, but no one would want someone else’s old headphones.

  11. Kind of fascinating to see Brian (as do many people) saying ‘earphones’ for some kind of in-the-ear plugs. In older usage, before that style developed, ‘earphones’ was pretty much a simple synonym for ‘headphones’.

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