Can You Wear Earbuds With a Tragus Piercing?

If you have a large piercing you may have issues listening to earbuds without twisting and manipulating your piercing which can lead to issues like infections.

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This is something that has come up a lot recently in Facebook and other groups where people looking to get a new piercing to worry about the impact to other aspects of life, especially a tragus piercing, due to the location in the ear relative to the earbuds.

When healed fully you will have no issue unless you use a large earring. It is suggested while newly pierced that you forgo any use while the healing process occurs to lower the amount of irritation and bacteria added to the area.

The tragus is very sensitive after piercing and you want to allow it to heal without getting it infected, patience is the key to getting back to your music and entertainment needs! Once you are healed though we have some more information to help you listen!

Looking to wear earbuds with a tragus piercing, we have you covered showing how this can be done
Tragus Piercings can make wearing earbuds tricky!

How Long After a Tragus Do You Need to Wit to Wear Earphones?

You will always want to listen to the advice of the piercer along with any sound medical advice like your doctor, but there is a normal length of time for you to properly heal if no issues occur.

The typical time to heal is four to eight weeks, this allow healing of the fresh piercing which can stop an infection or similar issue as your earphones are typically covered in bacteria from being open to the air. Bacteria is what can cause a host of issues with open wounds so it is best to heed this advice.

If you try to cut this short you have a much greater chance of causing an infection due to introducing additional bacteria directly to the area which has the unhealed wound, infections can cause a wide variety of health issues so please be careful.

How To Listen to Headphones with a New Tragus

Once you made the decision and have got the tragus piercing complete you may want to listen to some music, play some games, or listen to an audiobook. If this is the case you need to think about how do you listen to headphones with a new tragus piercing?

While earbuds are out, you can find yourself a pair of on or over ear headphones that will not apply pressure to the space nor add bacteria that could cause infection.

As you can see after healing then it is more about having the right stud in the first place that gives you space for a earbud or AirPod to fit in the space without pressure.

Wearing Airpods with a Tragus

For many they use Apple devices and are looking specifically at Apple products like the AirPods and AirPods Pro and they wonder “can you wear AirPods with a tragus piercing”?

While not suggested in the healing process, after healing has finished you can wear your AirPods though for many it will require possibly shifting the piercing to get the space to allow the AirPods to fully insert and stay locked in.

In fact, people with multiple Tragus, like vertical and horizontal, are able to wear AirPods also by just shifting around the jewelry to fit them in.

The key takeaway here is that as long as you care for your ear and the piercing in the tragus you shouldn’t have any issues with wearing earbuds unless the actual jewelry is oversized (especially hoop styled). Otherwise, you shouldn’t have any issues with keeping your AirPods in place with tragus piercing.


I know people love their piercings but you do have to think about if they will impact your overall enjoyment in things like earbud or AirPods use.

If you add too many or too large a piercing then you can be unable to listen to earbuds without having to twist and manipulate the piercing which can lead to other issues like infections.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t wear them or enjoy earbuds with a tragus piercing but that you have to make sure to make the choice for the right sizing.

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Josh Koop

My name is Josh and I have always had a fascination with headphones and later earbuds as I have focus issues.

I prefer headphones as they help me block out outside distractions and allow me to focus on getting things done while enjoying everything from audiobooks to music and movies.

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