October 06, 2020 4 min read

An Overview of Earbuds for Educational Purposes

People have been using earbuds for quite some time now, but until recently, most of it was just for entertainment or leisure. Recently, though, the use of earbuds for educational purposes has become rampant. We have been receiving a steady stream of inquiries from teachers and school personnel regarding earbuds as an instrument for administering school tests.

The most frequently asked question is whether the earbuds will be compatible with the equipment or gadgets that are already in place in their school. Most computers and mobile devices, including smartphones, come with a standard TRRS headphone jack that measures 3.5mm. Almost all earbuds today comply with the 3.5mm standard, so there is no reason why they would not work. In special cases where the earbuds do not fit with the device, we have many adapters that you can use to solve these kinds of compatibility issues.

If you are unsure of the jacks or connection settings on your school's equipment, make sure to double-check first before embarking on your search for the best school earbuds.

Different Kinds of School Earbuds

When purchasing earbuds for school purposes, there are several options to choose from. The choice will depend on several factors, like using the earbuds, the comfort of the user, the size of the school’s budget, and so on.

Earbuds with In-Line Mic

Earbuds with in-line microphones are most suitable for interactive education, where the student will listen to audio and participate in discussions through the earbuds. These are also good for testing applications where the student will have to provide the test answers via audio input.

These earbuds are ideal for use with laptops, tablets, and smartphones equipped with a TRRS connection. This connection makes use of just one plug that handles the connections for both the microphone and the earbuds.

Older computers and laptops do not have a TRRS connection. Instead, they require two separate plugs for the audio input and audio output. For this reason, most earbuds with in-line mic are not directly compatible with these older devices.

Earbuds with Earpads

The primary purpose of earpads is to provide comfort to the user. This feature can be very valuable, especially for students who will be wearing the earbuds for long periods. There are three common choices for earpads – soft foam, soft rubber, or silicone. They all work the same way. It’s just the material of the pads that makes them different from each other.

Silicone and rubber earpads are a more popular choice because they are more comfortable to wear. Earbuds with these pads do not fall off easily as they are firmly positioned in the ear. Many of these silicone and rubber earpads are also capable of minimizing ambient noise, which helps students concentrate on the lessons better.

Foam-padded earbuds are also quite comfortable because they are soft and give a very comfortable fit as they sit snugly just inside the ear. The foam paddings do tend to fall off, but you can easily slide them back over the earbuds only in case. The foam may also disintegrate over time, especially with excessive use, but this can easily be avoided by giving the earbuds proper care.

While padless earbuds may be somewhat uncomfortable for some, they also have their advantages. First of all, they are much more affordable. They are also easier to clean, and you won’t have to worry if one of the pads accidentally falls off.

Disposable Earbuds

This is by far the most affordable option among all kinds of earbuds. Because of their low price, educators tend to favor disposable earbuds when buying earbuds for school use. The chances are that the school’s budget might not cover the expense of purchasing top-quality earbuds for every school student. Thus, teachers would instead go for this much cheaper variety.

Of course, some sacrifices would have to be made whenever you favor quantity over quality. For example, the sound quality may not be as pure as in the high-end types, nor should you expect the same durability level. However, with proper care, you can certainly prolong the lifespan of disposable earbuds.

What you can do is to keep the disposable earbuds individually stored in Ziploc bags or resealable sandwich bags. This is much better than keeping several of them stored together in a single box, where they can be prone to tangling and mishandling. We also suggest that you purchase a few extras to have spares in case of damage or loss.

Stretching the Budget with Bulk Purchases

Procuring earbuds for an entire school can certainly be expensive. Going for the cheapest alternative is one way of stretching the budget, but if you don’t want to give up too much quality, don’t worry because there are other ways to make your funds suffice.

An easy solution is to order your earbuds in bulk. By making a single big purchase instead of several small orders, you can avail of special prices reserved for wholesale buyers. You can also save a considerable amount on shipping fees if you order once.

At this point, we suggest that you buy more than what you need so you will have spares. This is especially important if you are going for the disposable earbuds that do not have a long lifespan.

There is a wide range of selections for brands of earbuds, which is why it is that much more important to be prudent when making a selection.

Here at Learning Headphones, we make sure to provide students the best equipment for their educational needs. We have an extensive selection of school headphones, headsets, earbuds and other electronic accessories that can be used for classroom purposes. We also have a detailed buying guide to help you make the best choice in purchasing earbuds for your students’ needs.

Alaina Gay
Alaina Gay

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