Headphones, called Earbuds are small enough to fit into your ear. I know what your thinking, and yes, your Mother was right when she said 'Don't put anything smaller than your elbow into your ear' or 'Don't put anything in your ear that you don't want to go into your brain'. I don't think she was thinking about Earbuds when she said that. Although she may have been thinking with a bit of worry about your sense of hearing, and how loud noises could rob you of your acute ability to hear sound.
What are some of the pros and cons of earbuds? Well some of the pros are small, light weight, easy to carry in a pocket or purse. Some are stored in a spool that will keep the cords from getting tangled. The snug fit of some of the foam ear pieces block surrounding sound to some extent. Cons, would include small animals like to chew on them, easy to lose being so small. They block out sound from around you so shouldn't be used while driving a car or motorcycle. Some people just don't like things put in there ear. They should be cleaned regularly.
Some earbuds come with there own case to keep track of them with. Some have different shaped ear pieces. Some of the ear pieces used by musicians and race car drivers are custom made for one person's ear, and are specifically for left or right. Generic ear pieces have come a long way sense earbuds cam out. Even the cheap ones have different size rubber pieces that can be replaced regularly.
Another advantage that is used by some is the ability to hear the sound better so you can keep the volume lower. Their is a set of earbuds that are especially for children that have high quality drivers so that the sound can be heard well even though they are limited to forty percent less volume control. People don't always remember when turning the volume up that each digit on the decibel meter is a doubling of the sound. From 5 to 6 on a decibel meter isn't just one notch more, it's 100% more.
The point of the Earbuds in the first place is listen to various forms of sound. No mater if it's music or just talking that is being listened to, you want it clear. So, how do earbuds stack up in the competition with full size headphones? There can be a number of verdicts from the same number of testers.
We can't tell you how you will like the sound, but we can tell you that there are a number of great quality earbuds that people are using because they like them better than full size headphones. Even if you are a Base lover, there is a set of earbuds just for you. What you need to do is get out and try them for your self. There are several review sites around the web that will give you the spec's. of the earbuds that you are interested in as well as the website of the manufacture