Yes, I Googled That part 1

Thought it might be fun to start an occasional series where I reveal what weird thing I’ve recently googled for my stories.

This time, though, it wasn’t even related to writing…well, sort of.

I have an issue with earbuds and headphones. Earbuds rarely fit properly, because I have small ears. (It’s not just me saying that, either…during my recent hospital stay with Jase, every shift change the nurses commented on it while taking my temperature…”Wow, your ears are tiny!” “You have really small ear canals!” Yes, yes, I know.) They tend to hurt my ears, or not stay in more than a couple of minutes (and forget exercising with them), or just plain not fit.

Headphones usually fit better, but they squish my earlobes and make my piercings poke into the side of my head. (I know, mostly my fault because I have multiple piercings, but still…) Not to mention that in the past six months I’ve gone through two pairs of headphones (thank you Toby…). So I’ve kind of given up on headphones. Earbuds are a bit more resilient to a toddler yanking on them. But there’s still that whole small ears thing…

So today I got fed up with it and googled “earbuds for small ears”. Did I find anything? No. Not really. Except for the fact that you can make custom molded earbuds, or pay an arm and a leg to have someone make them for you. Urgh. Not what I wanted.

I finally found something that confirmed what I’d already suspected…for people with small ears, the best option that isn’t going to cost a ridiculous amount of money and  sounds decent is still the Apple earbuds. The problem I’ve had with those in the past is that, given the amount I use them (and the fact that I carry them everywhere, either in a pocket or my backpack), they stop working within a year or so. (We won’t mention the times they’ve gone through the wash.) Thankfully those are fairly cheap on Amazon, so if I have to buy a pair every year, it’s still better than risking the purchase  of expensive earbuds or fragile headphones that won’t stand up to a toddler.

So I guess that’s what I’ll stick with, unless anyone else has any other options. (Besides “keep your toddler away from them”, because that’s not helpful if you have a master climber and lock-breaker.) 😛

Published by H. A. Titus

H. A. Titus is usually found with her nose in a book or spinning story-worlds in her head. Her love affair with fantasy began at age twelve, when her dad handed her The Lord of the Rings after listening to it on tape during a family vacation. Her stories have been published in Digital Dragon Magazine, Residential Aliens Magazine, and four anthologies: Alternative Witness; Avenir Eclectia Volume 1; The Tanist's Wife and Other Stories; and Different Dragons Volume II. In December 2013, her short story "Dragon Dance" won Honorable Mention in a Writers of the Future contest. She lives on the shores of Lake Superior with her meteorologist husband and young son, who do their best to ensure she occasionally emerges into the real world. When she's not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skiing, or hanging out at her online home,

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