i have no idea wat the pic is of, but with foams or sleeves on the etys, theres no way u can possibly get those in ur ear so far as to harm them. so, if ur worried about damaging ur ears, no worries. just keep that volume down
I stick my Qtips much farther than my modded koss plugs and clear the wax out. My plugs don't go as far and they are comfortable, but this is getting into a subjective realm now. Sorry I brought it there.