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Earbuds for Students with Multiple Disabilities

Student wearing earbuds
I have a student with multiple disabilities that the classroom teacher has tried several types of headphones on (over the ear, noise cancelling, earbuds) and nothing seems to work. He does not like the headphones that cover his ears completely. The earbuds seemed to work until he moved his head, but the cord would get hooked on the chest harness of his wheelchair and pull the earbud out of his ear.  What to do?
I was in a high school life skills classroom on Thursday of last week and noticed an earbud that had a hook on it that another student was wearing. I learned she had the same problem as my student and the teacher happened to find them at five Below ( for $5. I decided to purchase a pair and see if they'd work.
We tried them today and they worked amazingly well! He was able to access his books and games on my iPad. While the earbud might pop out of his ear, he was still able to keep the hook part on his ear and still hear whatever he needed to from the iPad!!
earbuds in packageEarbuds with over the ear hooksStudent wearing earbuds while using iPad
Earbuds collage



Posted by Beth Newman

Best Buy

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Posted on March 2, 2016
Updated on: February 8, 2018

Previous comments for Earbuds for Students with Multiple Disabilities

Liz Eagan commented on March 8, 2016

Do an online search for "earhooks". You may find a company in Canada that sells them cheaper than what I found on Amazon. Good luck!

Beth Newman commented on March 8, 2016

I can't get these ear buds in Canada. Do you know where I can order them online?