In-ear headphones (AKA in-ear monitors, IEMs, earphones, ear canal headphones) fit like earplugs, effectively blocking most ambient noise
Here at HeadRoom, we independently lab analyze in-ear headphones and sell only the top models from brands like Jerry Harvey Audio, Shure, Etymotic, Westone, Sennheiser, Grado and Phiaton. Some in-ears fit deep into the ear canal and provide thorough isolation while some have a 'shallow-fit' design that provides less, but still substantial, noise blocking. Top in-ear headphones not only sound very good, they also help ensure safe listening levels since they isolate so well you won't need to play music loudly just to overcome noisy environments. Most IEMs come with a variety of different eartip sizes and types and it's critical to try all the provided tips to find the ones that work best for your ears.
All but a few in-ear headphones are efficient enough to work well directly out of an iPod, iPhone, iPad or other portable device. The newest Shure in-ear series even has detachable cables allowing easy conversion to a headset for Apple iPhone or Droid smartphones.
For specific HeadRoom in-ear headphone recommendations, please visit our in ear selection guide.