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A bit of advice
on 19 July 2011
This is the second time I have ordered one of these. The first time (about 12-18 monthes ago) I returned them and complained to Speedo because they had changed the style of the earplugs from the ones pictured (with the ridges) that actually look as if they will work to normal ear'buds' that were frankly useless (for hearing under water or stopping in the ear during swimming). When I phoned Speedo they said that they had too many complaints about the ridged earphones being hard to get out (YES! GREAT! I said give me some! (they couldn't...)).
Well, I recently seen pics of these again with the ridged earphones, so I thought right, either they have changed back to the ridged 'phones due to customer feedback and I get what I want or they haven't and I'm onto trading standards!! Well, happy days! They are the ridged type! They fit and are brilliant (I swim an hour every day and do a well paced front crawl (2-3mph) with no problems at all). You do need to fit them properly though or you'll be playing 'name that tune' rather than enjoying a clear sound (the player and 'phones wouldn't win any awards on dry land, but the sound does actually improve under water).
The first thing to do is take the phones off the plastic bits that wrap around your ears, then insert them into your ear like ear plugs. If you are used to wearing the foam earplugs used around heavy machinery then you will know how to do this, but if you aren't familiar then do the following:
To insert the left earphone, grab the top of your left ear with your right hand (stretching over the top of your head) and pull it up. This will present a straightened ear canal to insert the earphone into; push the earphone into this straightend canal. I say to take the plastic wrap arounds off because these prevent you from being able to insert the earphones in properly and can make them uncomfortable (don't worry they will stay in without the plastic bits if you have them in properly!). To insert the right earphone do the same (i.e. reach over your head to your right ear with your left hand, etc)