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Are you embarrassed by the disgusting discolored ear tips? Are you convinced Apple purposely designed the AirPods Pro silicone ear tips to be white? Well this article is not gonna pore over any conspiracy theories. Instead, we will be discussing how to manage your ear tips, best practices for keeping them clean, and possible replacement tips.
Why are Apple silicone tips white?
It's no conspiracy theory Apple designed the silicone tips to be white for jokes or functionality. Established as one of the greatest companies to exist on earth, it's no surprise they have identity guidelines with specifications. Throughout the history of AirPods and earbuds, white has been a hallmark of the brand. Many believe this color signifies sterility or a "doctors office" environment. However, those are few and far between; here's why your ear tips are turning yellow.
Why are my ear tips turning yellow?
Depending on your usage and environment, it will play a crucial role in whether or not the discoloration process will set in. White fabrics and silicone products have been around for a long time. In the early days with sneakers you would see a common trend with a chemical reaction called sun ventilation. Specific compound materials within shoes and silicone ear tips contain similar properties which result in long sun exposure discoloration. What are your options?
How to reverse the yellow color?
We all wish there was a miracle method, but as far as silicone ear tips are concerned, there are a few options. Essentially, you could experiment with different bleaches and a texture paste; however, we strongly advise against this since your ears are a very sensitive part of your body that have active pores that may absorb chemicals. Firstly, you can re-order a set of silicone ear tips from Apple's website, or purchase a bulk set on Amazon. Secondly, you could try running the under cold water and using a rag with light motions to get most of the debris or earwax off. Third, you could try memory foam ear tips.
What are memory foam ear tips?
Memory foam consists mainly of polyurethane as well as additional cell structures, increasing its viscosity and density. It is often referred to as "viscoelastic" polyurethane foam, or low-resilience/high resilience polyurethane foam. If this is your first time hearing about this option, boy have you hit the jackpot. There are many reasons to switch from silicone over to memory foam but we will leave that for another time. Memory foam ear tips come in a variety of colors, including black, red, gray, and blue; with a darker color the visible discoloration aren't noticed. You can read more about memory foam tips for AirPods Pro here.
We drive into managing memory foam tips, getting the right fit, different versions of AirTips Pro, and how sizing matters on our blog. Check those out below 😎