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post #1 of 12
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So, my doctor gave me a diagnosis on my ear pain today, and he's calling it iPod ear. That's really not fair, as it's probably my Sony IEMs that are doing it, but I just excepted the name. Other then the medicine for common swimmer's ear (which is what it really is), he has told me to lay off the IEMs.

So, does anyone have any ideas on some relatively inexpensive, isolating (my bus driver is under the impression that the louder she turns up the music, the better it will be) yet good sounding phones that would fit in my pocket? Is there such thing as isolating KSC-75s?

Other that, I guess the other thing I'm looking at is the PMX 200. Something along those style, my K81DJ's are a little to big for school and out and about.

[Mods: I posted this in the Portable Audio section but it wasn't getting to much attention, I hope it's alright for me to repost it here.]
post #2 of 12
There's always the AKG K26P. I have a pair of these, and the one thing they do well is isolate. Beyond that, I find it agonizing to wear them for over about 30 minutes (both sonically and comfort-wise; feels like having a couple of elbows pushing into your ears). However, many people seem to like their sound for an inexpensive portable headphone.

To move into something better (and closed), I think you'd have to compromise on the size just a bit. Maybe something like a Sennheiser HD 25-1 would suit well.

Tip: For swimmer's ear, I have found no relief comparable to having my Peruvian friend's mother candle my ears
post #3 of 12
I don't know if your doctor knows how IEM's work, but if anything, IEM's will protect your hearing better than any other kind of headphone will. Since they sit deep in your ears (thus blocking off almost all sound), you only need the tiniest bit of volume to listen to them at a comfortable level. For open headphones and even most closed headphones, which don't isolation close to how much IEM's do, you tend to turn the volume up even more to be able to listen over all the ambient noise.

So actually, "iPod-ear" is more accurate because it describes kids in this day and age cranking up the volume to their little iBuds to drown out outside noise (which I'm sure you haven't been doing).
post #4 of 12
Is your doctor sure its just not ear infection? ^.^
Watch the volume - if you don't listen loud then lay-off IEMs for a week and see what happens.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by TheBicFlic View Post
So, my doctor gave me a diagnosis on my ear pain today, and he's calling it iPod ear. That's really not fair, as it's probably my Sony IEMs that are doing it, but I just excepted the name. Other then the medicine for common swimmer's ear (which is what it really is), he has told me to lay off the IEMs.
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Originally Posted by Mrvile View Post
I don't know if your doctor knows how IEM's work, but if anything, IEM's will protect your hearing better than any other kind of headphone will. Since they sit deep in your ears (thus blocking off almost all sound), you only need the tiniest bit of volume to listen to them at a comfortable level. For open headphones and even most closed headphones, which don't isolation close to how much IEM's do, you tend to turn the volume up even more to be able to listen over all the ambient noise.

So actually, "iPod-ear" is more accurate because it describes kids in this day and age cranking up the volume to their little iBuds to drown out outside noise (which I'm sure you haven't been doing).

fyi - swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal. the doctor's suggestion of laying off the iem's is most likely to prevent further irritation/infection.
post #6 of 12
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fyi - swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal. the doctor's suggestion of laying off the iem's is most likely to prevent further irritation/infection.
Oh psh, I didn't even catch the swimmer's ear part.
post #7 of 12
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Is your doctor sure its just not ear infection? ^.^
Watch the volume - if you don't listen loud then lay-off IEMs for a week and see what happens.
Yeah, my doctor's pretty sure that the flanges are rubbing and causing the infection, I can't think of anything else that's been in my ear. I really hate giving up my IEMs, but I also don't want to screw up my hearing. I actually was considering getting a better pair, my Sony's have started to lose their edge (they are pretty much falling apart). But there are plenty of threads discussing IEMs, so I won't ask again.

So, no one has a suggestion on isolating, yet small phones?
post #8 of 12
There are sony iems that have triple flanges? Because most sonys I've seen only sit on the ear canal, not deep in it so I don't see how that could cause inflammation
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by kite7 View Post
There are sony iems that have triple flanges? Because most sonys I've seen only sit on the ear canal, not deep in it so I don't see how that could cause inflammation
No, it's just the one big flange, but then again, it's the only thing that ever gets in my ear.
post #10 of 12
Could you use a canal phone or IEM that uses soft foam ear tips, such as Complys? Or (from what I've read) the new Shure foamies?

Very different from flanged or even silicone ear tips ...

Maybe you could buy some foam earplugs for a low price at a drug store and experiment to see if they cause you any problems. If they don't, think about foamies.
post #11 of 12
What volumes are you listening at anyway?
If it's not loud, then laying them off for a while might help.

The FX33 might be a good choice. I don't have them, but the foams they have seem to go deep enough.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Usually 1/4 to mid-way up on the little bar thing on my iPod. I'll look into foams, I use similar looking earplugs when I mow so maybe those would work.
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