How to Wear Headphones with Glasses

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Over-Ear Headphones Work Well with Glasses

The good news: it is still technically possible to wear earbuds or ‘in-ear monitors’ (IEM) earphones without looking kind of ridiculous. The bad news: it does depend on the length, angle, design, and style of the ear tips for your headphones.

There is a special type of headphone design, called ‘around-ear’ and ‘over-ear’ headphones, that feature large pieces of padding that cover the ears and provide a snug and comfortable fit.

This type of headphone design works better for people who wear glasses. The extra padding around the ears helps to keep the headphones flush and close to the ear. This keeps the earbuds from dragging on the ear and contact with the eyeglasses as they’re inserted and removed.

So if you’re tired of having your earbuds jam uncomfortably against your glasses, head into an electronics store like Best Buy to try out the different over-ear and around-ear headphones. Most headphones come with removable or exchangeable earpieces, so you can try different combinations until you find the right fit.

Earpad Material

On Ear or Over ear headphones are known to face a lot of problem while wearing them with glasses. Sometimes the hard frames of the glasses can be a source of discomfort. And at other times, the way the Over ear fit on the ear touch the earring or the glasses and that make's them uncomfortable.

I prefer over the ear headphones for the comfort and quality. I can feel a sense of freedom in them as compared to on the ear types. One of my favorite headphones is the Sony MDR 7506. They are an absolute beast and the quality is top notch. They are studio monitor headphones and have served me very well.

Another thing is they are extremely comfortable with their soft padding. They are not an over the ear headphones as such but they have enough room to easily fit on the ears. The headphone cushions swivel easily and can be twisted to accommodate glasses.

Best Fabric for Wearing Headphones While Wearing Glasses

If you wear glasses you are going to have to make some room for your earphones, most earphone brands come with adjustable earbuds to make the best of space, they are usually made of plastic, rubber or metal, which when coming in contact with other materials can damage them, leaving your glasses unprotected and vulnerable to breakage.

To avoid this, in this post we will help you through some of the best fabric you can use to wear headphones with your glasses.

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Clamping Force

Before we start to talk about how to wear headphones with glasses, let’s talk about clamping force in headphones.

Clamping force is the force which is exerted by the headphone band on the head. Some people have said that clamping force is the most important factor when considering buying a new pair of headphones. Some also say that you should avoid headphones that exert too much clamping force since it can cause headaches and ear fatigue.

However, for me, I don’t find clamping force to be too important, because it is not that critical on comfort. I have a pair of earbud headphones with a really high clamp, and I find it comfortable to wear for hours.

In most cases, clamping force is one of the adjustment options when buying a set of headphones. And even if there is no option for customization, clamping force should be adjustable in a way, e.g. by stretching out the headband.

If you are serious about headphone comfort, I would recommend you to avoid headphones that exert even moderately strong clamping force.

But as a hardcore basshead, I totally don’t get what some people mean by saying that clamping force is really important for comfort. The comfort of the fit is just as important, but I think the whole clamping force is a misconception.

Earbuds Help You Avoid the Most Pain

Music has been a constant companion through all my life. From my every day trip to school, to my yearly Dj set on the dance floor, to my private piano lessons when I was little, music has always been a huge part of my life.

Unfortunately, when I turned ten I found a big inconvenience about my passion: I am deaf in my right ear.

After a year of hard investigation, I found out I lost most of my hearing in my right ear due to improper placement of earbuds.

I didn’t know it at the time, but an earbud which is placed in the outer ear can cause nerve damage and loss of hearing, especially in the right ear. So before you blow off this small tip as pointless or unimportant, just make sure you read the following reasons why you should wear earbuds the right way:

Noise Damage

Believe it or not, the damage caused to your hearing by leaving earbuds in your ears is actually worse than what you’re dealing with when you wear no protection at all. This is because, in the worst-case scenario, your hearing will get damaged by the same amount every time you listen to your music.

Your Glasses Affect Headphone Comfort Levels

Yes, your glasses aren’t the only thing that will affect your headphone comfort.

The style of glasses you have, as well as the position and size of the temple pieces, can make a big difference. This should be taken into consideration at the time of selecting headphones.

Generally, oval-style spectacles look best with headphones. The rectangular frames are the worst style to go with headphones because they are usually too large.

The smallest and shallowest frames (near-rimless glasses) are also not recommended for use with headphones because the ear cups will press against the glasses.

There are several ways to get around this size limitation:

Choose compact headphones as they are smaller than other styles.

Opt for in-ear headphones or earbuds because they rest behind the ears and completely out of your line-of-sight. There is less conflict with glasses and no pressure on the ear or jaw area.

Many large earphones (and earphone type) are also available in kids’ sizes, so take a look at those as an option.


It seems that the best way to prevent glasses from slipping is by using a good sports band. This is definitely true if you go running but you can even wear it out and about, such as when doing regular household chores.

Or you can just get some cheap, sports/yoga headphones instead. Either way, you will get the desire result of keeping your glasses from slipping.

For people who are always on the move, this is very important.