Wired reports that a recent study found that most people can still use the iPhone without a problem, thanks to the earpiece, even if they’ve switched to another earbud.
But if you’re one of those people, and you really, really, REALLY want to listen to music while your phone is in your ear, then you’re out of luck.
The researchers, led by Dr. Roberta Lee from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, found that the earbuds actually reduce the sound quality by up to 80 dB compared to a standard headphone, and that it’s not just that they sound bad but that they actually make it hard to listen in the most interesting way possible.
You may not be able to hear the difference between an average song or even a great song, but you’ll be able, at least for now, to understand it.
Lee’s findings come on the heels of a similar study from Columbia University that found that some people use earbuzzers as part of their workout routine.
And while it’s still unclear whether the earpieces will become a standard earthing, they’re already starting to get more and more popular.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best earbuddy earbuddies to consider.