Hello - I first want to start with an apology for starting yet another thread on this subject. I have been searching your archives for information related to this issue, as well as reading the very wonderful comprehensive IEM review page listed here. I have been trying to do my due diligence in finding what is right for me, but still feel very confused with all the products out there and selecting something that will work for me.
My specific issue(s) are that I suffer from extreme chronic pain due to several medical conditions. Part of the underlying conditions is also insomnia, for which I have tried a whole host of medications that basically do nothing. Recently, I tried an experiment with my iPod and found that for some reason, listening to music while trying to fall asleep actually did more for me than any medication I've ever tried. I can just leave the music running all night and eventually just wake up in the morning with uninterrupted sleep. I don't know why this works, but it does, and I'm not going to question it.
The problem is right now I'm just using the crappy headphones that came with the iPod. I sleep on my side and I'm noticing that because of my hypersensitivity to pain, these headphones are causing my ear canals to hurt immensely. I gave up using them a few nights ago (now I can't sleep again), but my ears are still in great pain, even to the degree that now lying on my side is painful to my ears.
My husband is in the bed with me, so external speakers won't work, as he wants it dead silent to be able to sleep. He has also complained that even with a low volume setting on my headphones, he can still hear them (even with a white noise machine in our room). Someone on one thread mentioned in-speaker pillows, but I don't know if those are quiet enough to not disturb a partner.
Anyway, I don't care what I have to pay. I am just interested in finding a very comfortable option for sleeping on my side that will not exacerbate hypersensitivity to pain. The IE8s were mentioned in the comprehensive review as good for sleeping. I don't know if anyone has experience with the 1964ears since they are customized (although I know the material might take getting used to).
I am less concerned with audio quality than with comfort, but if there are good options that are pricy, I would obviously like to make an investment that produces a good sound.
Any feedback would be much appreciated.