This App Will Make You Perfect Fitting Earbuds From Photos of Your Ear

We wear headphones and/or earbuds for hours every day, so comfort is imperative. Want some designed just for you? A new company called Normal wants to sell you perfectly customized earbuds by using a nifty app to get you fitted—instead of having to pay a visit to an expensive audiologist.


You get your precise fit by using Normal's app for iOS or Android, which guides you through the process of taking photos of your ears. Normal uses the photos to design a bud just for your ear's shape. The app also gives you a variety of customization options like color and cable length. The information is then sent over Normal's NYC manufacturing space where your perfect bud is 3D-printed for you.

A pair of Normal buds will run you $200, and as of right now they're only available for pre-order, so we haven't had a chance to try out the fit or the sound of the headphones. We're in the process of coordinating a review so we can report back just how well Normal's pretty brilliant scheme works.

Mostly, I'm just impressed at the creative solution to a common oversight in headphone design. Headphones need to sound good, yes, but comfort is a major feature that even some of the best companies out there ignore. If you could give me some truly perfectly comfy buds, I'd gladly sacrifice a little sound for them. [Normal]



I have been using the Sharkfin Self-Molding stuff for a while now. You get the 2 compounds and mix them together and then wrap it around the part of the earbud that would go in your ear and put it in your ear to form to your ear. These things are amazing and have not had any problems with them. I like them better cause for 1 I dont like sharing my earbuds and then 2 I couldn't ever find a comfortable part that goes in my ear.

These are on ~$6 and are really custom fit. If you have any question about them let me know!