The best earbuds offer some noise isolation, but if the ones you have are awful or keep falling out of your ears, Instructables user NightHawkinLight has a method to make your own, customized noise-isolating earbuds using a pair of reusable earplugs, some clear silicone, and a little elbow grease.
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The video above shows you how the whole process works, but if you can’t watch the video, it’s actually super-quick: Just remove the tips from your current, crappy earbuds, and grab a pair of reusable earplugs with better tips, or ones that you feel are a bit more comfortable. The nice thing about this is that earplugs are generally cheap (often cheaper than earbuds, but more on that in a second) so you can try a couple of pairs if you don’t know what fits well. NightHawkinLight used a pair of 3M Peltor Tri-Flange Ear Plugs, which are about five bucks for a three-pack. Remove the tips from the earplugs, cut them to fit, and attach them to the earbuds. Then apply a silicone layer around the earbud and the base of the tip you just added (which creates a damping seal around the body of the earbud and the base of the eartip.)
Peltor Sport Tri-Flange Corded Reusable Earplugs, 3-Pair Per Pack
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When you’re all finished, your new earbuds should be comfortable, isolating, and feel a bit more solid, and you’ll have only spent a few bucks to upgrade them. Best of all, you can do this with just about any pair of earbuds (although we wouldn’t recommend gunking up an expensive pair with silicone,) even some cheap but awesome pairs we’ve recommended in the past. Hit the link below to see more photos of the process.
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