A CDE Definition
Small headphones in each ear. Also called "earbuds," earphones stay put by resting inside the ear or by being inserted slightly into the ear canal or with hooks that wrap around the ear. Another variation is an earphone that clips onto the earlobe.
High-quality earphones called "ear monitors" have been used by performers on stage to hear instruments as well as cues. They are also available with custom-molded inserts like hearing aids. See headphones, headset, EarPods and mini-phone connector.
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