April 08, 2022 2 min read

If your students share school headphones, replaceable earpiece covers can help protect both their health and your headphones. Here are the benefits of foam covers, how to choose the right covers for your classroom, and when you can safely skip out on disposable covers!

Why Use Foam Covers

The main benefits of foam covers are simple: they create sanitary conditions for your students and they can help preserve your headphones.

Keep Your Headphones Sanitary

Keeping your classroom headphones sanitary is the most obvious and compelling reason to use disposable earphone covers. School headphones face heavy use and are worn by far more people than personal headphones. Earpiece covers prevent direct contact with the earpiece, ensuring a clean, germ-free surface for each student.

Prevent the Spread of Lice

Fortunately, lice are usually not spread through objects but through head-to-head contact. But when an outbreak strikes your school, you’ll still want to take some extra precautions with your classroom headsets.

Disposable foam covers can give you peace of mind that your headphones aren’t spreading lice to your students.


Prevent lice spread

Protect Earpiece and Ear Cushions

Disposable covers provide another layer of protection for your learning headphones, particularly for the ear cushions. Ear cushions are more prone to damage than other parts of a headset. Foam cushions tear and rip over time, especially if your students tend to play with them.

Other models, like our Smart-Trek Stereo headphones, have more durable leather ear cushions but can still benefit from hygienic covers. Leather cushions tend to last longer than their foam counterparts, but they’re more expensive to replace and can still crack or get soiled over time.

Choosing the Right Headphone Covers for Your Class

Buying headphone covers is almost always a simple process. The two things you’ll want to consider as you make your choice is proper fit and audio quality.

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Disposable earpiece covers come in a variety of sizes, so you should be able to find some to fit your classroom headsets. Look for covers that are designed specifically for your brand or size of headphones.

If you aren’t sure which size is right, simply measure the diameter of the earpieces on your headphones, or get in touch with one of Learning Headphones’ customer service reps. We’re always ready to help you find the products you need.

Audio Quality 

Most commercially made disposable covers won’t significantly interfere with audio quality.

In settings where clear audio is of the utmost importance (like during foreign language testing), have your students test out the headphones and covers before you begin the activity. If your students do find that the sound is slightly muffled, simply increase the volume by a level or two.

When to Skip the Covers?

Disposable covers aren’t always necessary. If your school provides headphones for each student every year or if students are responsible for purchasing their own headphones, you can safely skip the covers!


Whether it’s headphones, covers, or another classroom tech, we’d love to help you find the perfect tools for your students! Our team is always just an email or phone call away: customercare@learningheadphones.com or (888)-294-1032.

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