I guess they could break, then, it just always feels like the IEMs are too light weight to even be pushed by falling, as if they are feathers.
I don't think I described the feeling well enough, Its a lot more like pain then it is like having an arm fall asleep. It makes me feel like I damaged my hearing, which makes no sense, because I can just wear them with no sound playing and it does this. I don't know if its because of a huge difference in pressure or what... I also am wondering if I can even wear deep insertion IEMs, my ears don't feel like they would let the IEMs go in that far, like my ears are blocked off past that point. And I'm not new to IEMs, either. While, yes, the M9s were my first pair, I've had them for over a year now, and I'm easily used to the feeling. I think it has something more to with the insertion and removal process of the IEMs, messing with my eardrums because of pressure. Maybe I just don't know how to wear IEMs. Though the way I maximize pressure increases isolation a ton, almost doubles it I'd say. Even at normal pressures, these things still cause pain, though.
The reason I want new earbuds is because I lost one of the tips to the E9, and those were the only tips that could isolate even moderately without adding tons of pressure. Without those, I have to use the other tips in very unconvential, painful manners, and those isolate even less then the stock tips. I don't know whether the M9s are just painful to my ears, or my search for overly powerful isolation is the one killing my ears.
Maybe I should just go with an Etymotic, instead. I don't know if the VC02 will isolate enough that I will not end up forcing it to isolate through bad-for-the-ear insertion.
I'm quite sure that vc02's (ety like isolation depends on your tips) can give you great isolation with good comfort. Just choose the right tips, you'll have a good number of tips you can choose from. Deep insertion is also very comfortable with the vc02's I'm not having any problems at all and I'm very happy with its isolation. :)