Hmm, I am going to get personal here! Do you all make sure your ears are clean before using the ety's? With these more than anything else hygiene is of utmost importance as it reduces discomfort and irritation.
When I shower in the mornings I make sure to clean my ears by letting some of the soapy water in my ear then massaging with my finger behind my ear, this seems to clean out my ears, then flush with clean water and after use a tissue to damp out any moisture. I find I have no irritation issues doing that. Judging by the number of times I have lent fellow headfiers my pair to listen to ( after cleaning the flanges with alcohol ) a great many do not clean their ears !
Also, when inserting the tips it is my habit to moisten them slightly with my saliva! This sounds gross I know but A. it eases insertion, B. it is your bodies natural lubricant therefore will not react with your body and C. Saliva is a natural disinfectant ( When I was in the RAF we were trained that if we cut ourselves and had no medical bag then spit on the wound as a temporary measure!).Edited by ianmedium - 4/6/13 at 6:59am