I hate these earbuds. I got the Bose in ear ones for the comfort, and now I use my hearing aids that I just got in January to stream audio to them with the included accessory. Much much much better then what apple offers. I would say that apple might have purposefully made the earbuds horrible so people would go and buy something else, hopefully apple's upgraded ones. Heck, I think people should demand apple give us non crummy earphones. That might make the average consumer realize that comfort can be had. Hell, cheep skull candy headphones are better then the crummy apple ones. I'm glad I have my hearing aids so I don't have to use the apple crud. Heck, if I had the time, I'd start an organization that would buy and give away headphones for free so people could be saved from such horrible headphones that come packed in with electronics.