Your guide to Bluetooth headset wearing styles

by Your guide to Bluetooth headset wearing styles Daniel Gniazdo

Bluetooth headsets, just like our ears, come in all shapes and sizes. We have different preferences, so there are many Bluetooth headset wearing styles to pick from.

Jabra Evolve, Pace, and Storm wearing styles

You can usually find a Bluetooth headset wearing style that works for you. It’s not a bad idea to know what your choices are, since you may go for different wearing styles in different situations. Let’s look at the five most common ways to wear a Bluetooth headset.

In-ear

Jabra Stealth in-ear Bluetooth mono headset

Jabra Stealth sits directly inside your ear

This is probably the most common way to wear a Bluetooth headset, whether it’s a stereo headset or a mono one. Standard music earbuds that sit directly in your ear fall into this category. So do most Bluetooth mono headsets. Some of them have optional earhooks that latch onto the outside of your ear, but most are simply held in place by eargels placed inside your ear.

It’s a comfortable and convenient wearing style: You simply pop the headset inside your ear, and you’re good to go! But in some cases, it may take a bit of tinkering to find just the right eargel size so that your headset stays securely inside the ear. People are known for sometimes having weirdly shaped ears. That’s why in-ear headsets usually come with at least a few different eargels in varying shapes and sizes.

On-the-ear

Jabra Supreme on-the-ear headset

Jabra Supreme has ear cushions that go on your ear

Rather than sitting inside your ear, these Bluetooth headsets have ear cushions that go on your ear. Because of this, they need an earhook or a headband to keep them in place. (I’m yet to hear of any adhesive versions that simply stick to your ears, but that could technically work.) Many business headsets offer this wearing style, usually with a headband.

Some people find on-the-ear headsets to be more comfortable than in-ear ones, since they don’t put any pressure on the inside of your ears. On top of that, you don’t have to sift through a bunch of eargels to find one that fits. So even if most in-ear headsets refuse to stay inside your ear, you should still have no problem wearing an on-the-ear one.

Behind-the-ear

Jabra Storm behind-the-ear Bluetooth headset

Jabra Storm loops behind your ear

Behind-the-ear Bluetooth mono headsets have a body that loops fully around your ear and a small boom arm that extends toward your mouth. They are extremely comfortable, but they also tend to be quite bulky compared to the smaller in-ear headsets. That’s no surprise, since they must have a body that’s large enough to go all the way around the ear.

This wearing style is often used for headsets that offer wind noise reduction, since the longer boom arm is better at capturing your voice. Behind-the-ear headsets are great for all-day wear and, despite their larger size, will stay securely in place without any additional earhooks or eargels. You could say that the headset itself is just one big earhook.

Over-the-head

Jabra Move Wireless over-the-head headset

Jabra Move has a headband

This wearing style is most commonly used in music headsets, although many business stereo headsets come with a headband to hold them in place. The headband goes over your head and adjusts to your head size.

Over-the-head wearing style isn’t limited to stereo headsets—some one-ear business headsets offer a headband to hold them in place. Over-the-head headsets are very comfortable and stay in place better than most others. On the other hand, the headband does add quite a bit of extra weight, which means you have a heavier headset to lug around.

Behind-the-neck

Jabra Sport Pulse behind-the-neck headset

Jabra Spors Pulse is worn behind the neck

These are headsets with a neckband that sits behind your neck. This tends to be the preferred wearing style for running headsets. For one, it’s extremely secure. At the same time, the neckband stays out of your way and lets you turn your head without yanking the headset out of your ears. It’s ideal for most sports and workouts.

You can also find business headsets that come with the neckband option. If you have a killer haircut and don’t want to ruin your flawless hair with a headband, you’d want to pick a behind-the-neck office headset.

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17 Responses

  1. dale April 13, 2017 / 21:20

    My Bluetooth won’t stay charged for more than 8hours, what can I do?

  2. Jean March 15, 2017 / 00:56

    Is it possible to wear a Jabra ear piece to hear the tv?? I know someone who needs to have the volume so loud that others can’t stand to be in the same room. But I was wondering if you could connect the blue tooth ear piece to broadcast the tv sound. I have a blue tooth audio device that can transmit audio. Would it be possible to somehow connect the Jabra ear piece to my tv??

  3. Donna mellick February 24, 2017 / 04:48

    I have a crazy stone. I don’t know how to change from chinese to english

  4. Wasay Khan January 16, 2017 / 19:40

    Bluetooth headsets, they’ve moved beyond the business travel accessories of the mid-2000s into a widespread technology bringing stereo music to millions. Mono Bluetooth headsets are still out there, though, and they’re still indispensible if you make a lot of calls while walking or driving. Here we have compiled a list of the very best bluetooth headsets that are available in the market as well.

    Read More: http://mobilesiri.com/best-bluetooth-headsets/

  5. two-way radios October 19, 2016 / 10:30

    Popular uses include athletics, casinos, churches, construction, hotels, schools, special events, warehouses. Includes both Private Line and Digital Private codes and can be programmed into each channel to eliminate interference

  6. Mustang August 24, 2016 / 17:07

    Wow nice article,
    I am.using.my brothers ps3 ear hook Bluetooth device monophonic. It’s old, but for sometime I will.br using this. I bought a pair of over the neck some random company headphones, only to find out that while.music plays great the mic are disaster. And It costed very expensive too.

    Later on Google I came to know the premium packaging an all is just to trick it’s an sbs company, Chinese stuff.i believe.

    Anyhow with the hook earphone, I am trying to understand if I am.wearing it right. Either the in ear piece doesn’t sit properly inside, or if I make it sit properly inside the hook seems to short and I feel pressurised and fatigued when wearing for more than 5 mins.
    I just managed to wear it other way around where the hook goes from back of my ear instead. And it feels so much stress free and importantly feels secure, wanted to see video tutorials of how many ways if any we can wear this, and what’s the correct way to wear it.
    Found no such video, but found your very good article.
    I would buy the Jabra set next month, but I fear the design, it may not sit securely on me. Shops don’t allow you to try out ear pieces before purchase and that sux.

    Keep up the awesome work.

  7. Edie July 16, 2016 / 16:29

    Hi there I have two ha rad booth behind the ear one is to big for my ear snd the other hurts the back of my ear . What can I do so I can use your denice

  8. Dell June 3, 2016 / 01:07

    Having a wireless bluetooth earpiece makes all the difference in the world when trying to communicate handsfree. There are many great wireless Bluetooth Earpieces available on the market. Please do your own research. The power of handsfree communication is priceless.

  9. Marcia Dorothy A. Villanueva May 7, 2016 / 10:31

    My jabra extreme bought last December 2014 isn’t working anymore less than a year. I brought it back to the dealer here in Cagayan de oro city early December 2015. The dealer sent it to their supplier since it’s still under warranty from the manufacturer promising me to have it back in three months time. However, I haven’t have it yet till this day.

    • Daniel Gniazdo May 9, 2016 / 10:45

      Hey Marcia,

      Sorry to hear about that. Have you tried reaching out to the dealer who took your Jabra Extreme to hear what the status is?

      If you can share further details, like the dealer’s name and any receipt they may have given you, I’d be happy to try follow up for you.

      Best,
      Daniel

  10. CSJ Sound April 26, 2016 / 08:28

    Nice list of wearing style for headphones, I really like behind the ear mono headset. Thanks for sharing this guide.

  11. michael February 1, 2016 / 05:54

    I would like to ask if you have authorized dealer in jamaica and where.

  12. Marilyn January 3, 2016 / 22:58

    I purchased sport wireless + but can’t make them stay in for more than a second. I’ve tried some of the adaptable ear gels, but with no success. It seems the over the ear piece is way larger than my ear and just topples off. Do you have any recommendation other than wearing a hat or sweat band? If not, I’m afraid I must return them because I can’t even sit with them, much less workout. Thanks for your help.

    • Daniel Gniazdo January 5, 2016 / 13:11

      Hey Marilyn,

      Happy 2016!

      Sorry to hear you’re struggling a bit with the fit. The Sport+ comes with 7 different eargels. We usually recommend that you try all of them. People have different ear shapes and you never know which eargel will work best.

      If you’re still having trouble, you can ping our support team directly here:

      http://www.jabra.com/ServiceMenu/contact/ContactJabraSupport/ContactJabraSupportConsumer

      They should be able to help you out!

      As an alternative, you could consider the new Jabra Pace, which is a successor of Sport+ at the same price. It has a very similar behind-the-neck design with earloops, so it could work very well for you:

      http://www.jabra.com/sports-headphones/jabra-sport-pace

      I really hope you find something that works for you. Happy running in the year ahead!

      Daniel

  13. Robert Noble November 1, 2015 / 17:09

    I bought a jabra headset 3 months ago. I was placing it on my ear recently the ear piece broke. I need you to send me a few replacements. It’s the clear tubular shaped ear piece. However my unit works great. I just can’t use it now. My address is [REMOVED].