They are supposed to go in the ear. The cable was originally going to be the full diameter of the circle area that it currently goes into, but I felt like it overpowered the actual earbud on the page at that size. Maybe I’ve gone too far the other way? A side view of it in an ear would help with visualising scale and context too, I’ll keep that in mind for slightly ambiguous forms! I’ll do some edits after work
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Take a look at the typical in ear. There are two styles, a bud which hangs out in the ear using fracture, and a true in ear with a silicone tip that goes in the ear canal. Both have much deeper housings to create an acoustic chamber. The diameter is a parameter based on average ears but the depth is where most of the design is, unless their is an element that mechanically locks into the ear contours... sorry, I've worked on a lot of headphones so I'm being a touch more critical, but thought you might to riff off a little technical feedback.
Here are a few patent drawings to give you a sense of scale...
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I hadn't even thought about the acoustic feasibility aspects of the design to be honest. I do love the technical feedback though, it's great to be able to get real feedback from a designer who has actually worked on this kind of product.
So when a company starts out with a new line of headphones, most of the design time goes into making sure that the earbud stays in place to create the best acoustic chamber possible? I imagine it's a challenge fitting so many different components in inside also.