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and I own the awesome waterproof iPod Shuffle
on November 6, 2014
I swim 4 days a week, and I own the awesome waterproof iPod Shuffle. I have purchased these exact Pyle headphones and have used these exclusively for a year. I am currently on my fourth pair. The first pair lasted 6 months, and the second and third pair each lasted about 2 months each. My current pair, pair #4, began crapping out in one ear within the first week. These seem to die by slowly fading in volume, which I attribute to water intrusion. So if you pay $12 or less for these, you're getting what you paid for and I don't think you can go wrong with taking a chance by ordering two so you have a spare on hand for when the first pair inevitably die. If you pay more than $12, they aren't worth it IMHO.
I am looking for another brand that I feel is more rugged, but at this point, I can't seem to find anything viable.
Some helpful hints:
I always immediately remove the hard plastic ear piece and discard them for underwater use. This is easy because this plastic piece is grooved. But as stated below, DO NOT PULL BY THE WIRES!
Go buy a tube of generic cream or ointment that contains lidocaine or other "pain relief" ingredient (insect bite stuff, itch stuff), or Emla cream. Put a dab of this on a q-tip and rub this in your ear canal when you head to the pool and give it a few mins to kick in. This prevents your ear from hurting or throbbing from the gasket making a water-tight seal if you swim for an hour at a time like I do. This also lubricates the rubber piece in your ear, allowing it to be inserted or removed much more easily than if dry.
Never pull the buds out of your ear by yanking on the wire! As tempting as it is, these wires are the normal, frail wires used on all headphones and you will kill your buds very quickly. The cord is not designed to be pulled on, so don't pull on it. EVER. Trust me
Lastly, if the rubber piece comes off in your ear and the bud itself pulls out alone - don't freak out. (It randomly happens to the best of us). The easiest thing to do is pull the other end of the earphone cord (the gold-plated, one-inch-long jack) out of your device and put the jack into the rubber piece in your ear where the hole is, angle the jack so that it contacts the side of the rubber gasket, and slowly pull the rubber gasket out of your ear. Or, freak out and race home and use tweezers. Your choice.