Can you wear earbuds with a conch piercing? The Ultimate Guide

Are you thinking of getting your conch pierced? You are also probably thinking can you wear earbuds with a conch piercing? Well, you can rest assure that you have stumbled upon the right place. We will answer all your queries and also we will provide you with the answer to your question. Read the whole article to make sure you don’t miss any important points.

Can you wear earbuds with a conch piercing the ultimate guide

Ear piercing has become a new trend for quite some time. Social Media influencers, Hollywood stars and even other celebrities are getting their ears pierced with different styles. Trendsetters come up with unique jewellery ideas to decorate their beautiful ears.

But having your conch pierced means that you can’t wear headphones anymore and can’t groove to your favourite music. Is it true? Let’s find out.

What is conch piercing?

conch piercing

Conch is the upper thicker area of your ear. The cartilage is thicker and the area is more sensitive than other parts of your ear. Piercing in the conch can be painful for some as it depends on the individual. If you have pierced somewhere else in your ears before you will be familiar with the amount of pain you have experienced. For newbies, it could be very painful. The pain also depends on your piercer, so make sure you find the right piercer for your conch piercing. Also, select your first jewellery on the advice of the piercer as it will play a major part in the healing of the area.

Can you wear earbuds with a conch piercing?

YES, you can wear earbuds with a conch piercing. You will likely face problems if by mistake the earbuds put pressure on the pierced area. There are many kinds of earbuds and depending on their tips they will be comfortable for you. If your ear is bigger you will be able to wear most kinds of earbuds but if they are small you have to skip some. Also, keep in mind you have to keep good care of the pierced area initially after your piercing procedure if you want to wear earbuds.

Type of earbuds you can wear with a conch piercing

Most likely you have pierced your conch and are looking for a comfortable earbud to wear or you are planning to go for a conch piercing but you are wondering what type of earbuds you should be wearing after the procedure. Don’t worry we will tell you exactly which kind of earbuds will suit you.

There are so many kinds of earbuds you can choose from. If you are an audiophile you don’t have to stop listening to your earbuds. Read our whole article so that you can make an informed decision to choose the headphones that will suit you best.

In-ear style earbuds

In ear style earbuds

These are earbuds that use rubber tips to form isolation so, that you can experience noise-free music. The rubber tips sit inside your ear canal and block outdoor noise so the name is in-ear style earbuds. You can definitely wear these earbuds after conch piercing but keep in mind that the size of the jewellery will matter.

Small-size jewellery will not create any problems so try not to buy a piece of big jewellery for your conch. But these earbuds can become irritating initially after your piercing procedure because these are placed near the conch so moving them a little can rub your pierced area.

You might also hurt your ear while pressing on your earbuds for music control. Be careful with this kind of earbuds during the first 6 months of your conch piercing. Once the conch has healed completely you won’t face any problems in using these earbuds as with time you will get used to rubbing and pressing the right spot. Also with these earbuds, you can use small ear tips as big ear tips can hurt your ear while you wear them.

In-ear style earbuds also come in a wired version. You get the same design with just a wire attached to the buds. Wired earbuds will ensure that you don’t have to tap on the buds for music control, you can control the music from the phone or controller attached to the wire.

In-ear style earbuds are also found in various shapes, while the shape that sits on your conch will surely hurt your ears you can therefore use earbuds which have a stem design as they rest on the lower part of the ear. Also, different people have different ear sizes so the level of comfort will vary individually.

OnePlus Buds Pro

OnePlus Buds Pro

We recommend you wear these earbuds as they will not hurt your conch piercing.

These are Oneplus Adaptive Noise Cancelling earbuds. Oneplus assures 40db of noise reduction to provide a immersive audio experience. These buds support Warp charge and will provide you with 10 hours of battery life in just 10 minutes. 38 hours of battery is expected with ANC off and you also get IP55 rating to ensure protection from water spillage.

Half-in-ear style earbuds / Classic earbuds


These headphones as the name suggest are the same as in-ear headphones but instead of getting completely in your ear, they stay halfway in the ear canal. These earbuds do not have rubber ear tips so you don’t get audio isolation as in-ear earbuds. These are meant to be used by people who wish be aware of the outside environment as well as enjoy their music. Bass levels are typically low in these earbuds as audio isolation creates the thumping effect but you don’t get isolation here.

Trebles are pretty good and most of the half-in-ear style earbuds have stem designs. These earbuds are also available with wires. Earlier headphones were actually of this shape so it is also called classic earbuds.

Apple is the most reputed manufacturer of stem earbuds as Apple Airpods are made in this style. This earbud will not create any tension in your conch piercing as they would rest on the lower portion of the ears. It is however advised that you look out for earbuds according to your ear size. If you have a small size ear then the earbuds might rub your conch piercing area.

SoundPEATS Air3


These are really compact and I am impressed with that. These are half the size of a credit card. I think these are the best earbuds in this price range as you get Bluetooth 5.2 support and14.2mm dynamic drivers with Qualcomm aptX adaptive codec support and Qualcomm cVc 8.0 noise cancellation. These earbuds have 2 microphones in both buds to reduce the ambient noise and you get a noise-free calling experience. With 17.5 hours of total battery backup and 5 hours of battery backup in each buds, you get a seamless gaming experience. These would be best for your conch piercing.

Over-the-ear headphones

ear headphones

These headphones sit over your ears, i.e., on your head. They have a headband in the middle supporting the two internal speakers on either side of the headphones. These headphones can also be wired or wireless but the two internal drivers are always attached, unlike truly wireless earbuds. These headphones offer faster transmission speeds as they don’t have to maintain wireless synchronization between the two drivers as the drivers are connected through wires.

These headphones are big and are difficult to carry around. Over-the-ear headphones provide audio isolation through the rubber padding around your ear and have big drivers, commonly 40mm, which provide better sound quality. The rubber padding does not put pressure on your ear and your conch piercing would be safe.

Remember that over-the-ear headphones are the ones that cover the area around your ear. There are on-ear headphones too that sit on your ear. They have small ear cup areas and put significant pressure on your ears. Avoid using on-the-ear headphones as these would hurt your conch piercing.

Sony WH-1000XM5


These are the best over-the-ear style headphones and also the best headphones overall in our recommendation. These are comfortable and lightweight and provide the best industry-leading sound from Sony. The headphones have exceptional noise cancellation with the help of 8 microphones to block ambient noise and perfect noise-free calling support with 4 beamforming microphones. They provide 30 hours of battery backup and 3 hours of audio playback in 3 minutes of charge. These are probably in the upper tier of headphones but the headphones are worth it at that price. We highly recommend you use these headphones as they are safe for your conch piercing as well as the best in case of sound quality.

Bone conduction earbuds

bone conduction earbuds

These earbuds are something you might not have noticed but they are a really nice addition to this list. As the name suggests these headphones don’t produce sound but they vibrate your ear bones so that you feel the sound. We need to understand how our ears work and how we listen to the sound to understand the technology used in these earbuds.

Let there be a clap near your ear. The sound of clap travels to your ears via the air, in the form of sound waves. Sound waves are just the back-and-forth movement of air particles. These sound waves go into your ear which contains three special bones – Hammer, anvil and Stirrup.

The sound waves travel through the ear canal into the eardrum. The eardrum also vibrates back and forth according to the sound waves and these vibrations are then carried over to the three special bones that further transmit the vibration to a fluid, then the signal travels to our brain and we can interpret the different chords, highs, lows, mids, bass and all the different elements of sound.

Bone conduction headphones work on the principle of vibrating the cheekbones and jaw. The vibration goes straight to your inner ear, so the three special bones are not included in this process. If you use these headphones you will be able to hear ambient noise as they won’t create any isolation or cover your ear. The sound experience can be pretty decent but they are worth checking.

These headphones are the safest choice for your conch piercing. They would be away from the pierced area and won’t hurt your conch piercing at all. Also, you don’t have to worry about the size of your ear as they would be perfect for any size of ear.

But, are bone conduction headphones safe for your ears? Find out here.

Shokz OpenRun Pro


These are the best bone conduction headphones according to our recommendation. There are very few companies that are using this technology to deliver sound and Shokz (formerly Aftershokz) is the best in this regard. With bone conduction headphones you usually have to compromise sound quality because of the absence of noise isolation, but Shokz has significantly improved the sound quality with its new 9th bone conduction technology used in this headphone. You get 10 hours of battery life in these headphones and 1.5 hours of music playback in just 5 minutes of charge.

How to maintain the health of the pierced area?

If you want to keep your conch piercing free from bacteria and infection you have to keep some tips in mind. Using a headphone is somewhat dangerous because of the chance of bacteria it can introduce in your conch piercing or it might rug against the pierced area.

  • Always clean your earbuds before using them if, you have done your conch piercing in the last 6 months. Chances to introduce bacteria from the ear wax of other listeners of the same earbuds or even from the environment is very high during this time so, precaution is necessary.
  • Be careful when you are wearing wireless earbuds. Don’t tap the earbuds for audio control without taking precaution. Try to control your audio from the smartphone and try to keep your hands away from the earbuds as far as possible.
  • Wear your earbuds safely. Don’t forcefully push them, be very gentle as a single rub against your raw piercing can be very painful. After 6 months when the conch piercing is fully healed, try to be gentle with your earbuds. Forcing them into the ear canal can hurt your conch piercing even if it has healed completely.
  • Wear small jewellery in the conch piercing. Big jewellery have more chances of hurting your pierced area.
  • For the first 6 months, clean your pierced area with saline water 2-3 times a day. Use a cotton ball to clean and don’t rush yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do headphones irritate conch piercing?

Certain type of headphones like in-ear, half in-ear, on the ear style headphones can irritate your conch piercing. Over the ear and Bone conduction headphones are the best for conch piercing as they don’t put pressure on your pierced area and are therefore very comfortable.

Does conch piercing affect hearing?

Conch piercing cannot affect hearing at all. If the puss releasing from your pierced area gets into the ear canal then it can create infection and result in danger of hearing loss.

When can I use earbuds after conch piercing?

You can directly use earbuds after a week or two but it is safe to wait for 6 months until the pierced area has healed completely.


We have successfully answered your question that YES, you can wear headphones after getting your conch pierced. We have told you all the kind of headphones you can wear and also the best of their kind. If you have had conch piercing recently then wait for at least 2 weeks and then use earbuds. Keep your conch piercing safe from infection and bacteria and take all the necessary precaution while using a headphone with a conch piercing.

If you want to have any other piercing and you are asking yourself that if you can wear earbuds after that, you can refer to our article in that case.

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