My airpod Pro woes

Hardware & Accessories

Let me preface this by saying I love my pros. I've had them for about two weeks, and in almost every way they are far superior to my first generations Airpods. They pair faster, sound better, last longer, virtual surround sound will soon be a thing and I can shut the world out or let it in on a whim. And the ability to have a clickable button like the wired Earpods to control what I'm listening to is far better than the awkwardness of tapping your own head to make the sounds stop. That just makes you look insane.

Okay, so that last bit isn't really that hard. But the improvements are there. The Pros are great, $360CAD price tag not withstanding. So why in the name of the holy audio fedelity gods do the bloody things keep falling out of my ears? I've had no problems with either the wired Earpods or original Airpods. I could shake my head until my brain rattled, bend over like Milie Cyrus's twerking teacher and run like I'm late for a very important date without a care in the world. Only times they did fall out were when I brushed them wrong or barreled headlong into a parking meter. Even noise isolation wouldn't have masked the sound of that clang. I've tried all three cup sizes and confirmed via their apparently sofisticated ear test that all three have great seals. So why do they slip out as if my ears are rejecting posative progress? If I stay still all is decent, but the moment I start to move abit, out they come. That's not the kind of popping I want when listening to something. Especially when it involves fishing around in the recently moistened garbage to reclaim it. Thank goodness for the find my feature.

I've heard there are memory foam cups which help, but that's like buying a wonder bra to augment what's already fantastic; it might make you feel better, but you shouldn't have to do it. I paid a premium for these wonders; I don't want to pay more to ensure they work properly. Sure I can turn them upside down to fit the tips into the flap of my ear, but then I can't easily access the fantastic controls. I'm really trying to shake off the niggling sense of buyer's remorse here because as I said in my opening, I love these things.



Submitted by Peter Holdstock on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

I too love my AirPods Pro but find they fall out extremely easy to the point that they are becoming unusable.

I’ve tried all three tips and it doesn’t take long before I feel them slowly getting pushed out of my ears and falling on the floor. I have the other airport models and do not have any issues at all. I’d be interested to know which accessories others have found helpful to resolve this as I don’t want to waste money buying solutions that do not work.

Submitted by Ishkabibble on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

I don't have this problem with my AirPods Pro myself but I have heard many people like the fit of the regular AirPods more. The good thing about the Pros is that you can get 3rd-party tips for them because they allow you to put different tips on. Although memory foam tips are an additional cost they may be worth it as the AirPods might stay in your ear better.

Submitted by Remy on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Yes, I've heard memory foam tips can help a lot. Apparently the problem with the silicone is your earwax makes them slippery. Didn't even realize I had enough wax to make that an issue until now. I knew I was gambling when getting the pros. I haven't enjoyed those types of earbuds in the past, but the reports made it sound like these were better ones, and all the features of the pros made them seem like the best idea for my situation. I still do like them, but I don't feel as secure with them in my ears as I did my original Airpods.

Submitted by ray h on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

From using other in-ear products, I have found that the following works to better seat the pros. First, use the largest tip that will fit in your ear. Place the earphone in your ear with the microphone tip pointing straight down. Place your index finger on the rounded back of the earphone which is directly behind the piece that is in your ear. Now applying pressure on that point, rotate the earphone with your thumb until the microphone tip has moved about 90 degrees and is heading straight forward. This gives the tightest fit into your ear. It's important to put a decent amount of pressure as you twist as that lodges the tip in your ear. Not perfect and, in many cases foam tips give a much snugger fit using the same technique, but if you don't want to buy those even though they are fairly cheap, or wonder bras with which I have no experience :-), give it a try.

Submitted by Greg Wocher on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

You can purchase ear hooks on amazon. These slide up over the stem and give you a hook that goes around your ear. I purchased some for $10 in the US amazon store. They are not ideal because you have to take them off to put thee air pods back in the case but they do help keep them in your ear. I have a hard time keeping them in especially when I am eating. It seems the movement of my jaw works them right out of my ear. LOL.

Submitted by SeasonKing on Thursday, August 20, 2020

And, "What's already fantastic!" If anything, they would be better without it. Earpods, nothing else.

Submitted by Soupy on Thursday, August 20, 2020

I bought some Comply foam tips a couple months ago, and have been extremely disappointed by them.

The fit for me has been no more secure. The AirPod that always has a loose fit with the supplied silicone tip is no better with the Comply tip.

The plastic ring that attaches them to the AirPod is also more fragile and doesn't attach as securely as the supplied tips. Despite being as careful as possible when fitting/removing them, I've already had one where the foam and plastic ring have separated.

Not the best $25 I've ever spent.

Submitted by Remy on Thursday, August 20, 2020

Wow, thanks everyone. Lots to think about. I tried the twist method. it ... sort of worked, though not really. Could have been doing it wrong though. I find they actually do stay in better if I put the stems at an upward angle in the fold of my ear, but then I can't easily access the controls on them.