Hold up, I've finally found earbuds I can actually use?

A confused man wearing Panasonic Technics EAH-AZ80 earbuds that fit snugly without hurting him
(Image credit: Future / Erlingur Einarsson)

When I received a pair of the brand-new Panasonic Technics EAH-AZ80 noise-cancelling earbuds to test ahead of their announcement and release, I felt conflicted. One part of me was giddy at the prospect of having and holding a piece of tech that wouldn't be formally announced for a few weeks yet. Another part of me was filled with pure, unfiltered dread.

Why? Because I've never, not once, in my entire lifelong existence on this earth, been able to wear in-ear headphones (even those from our best noise-cancelling earbuds guide).

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Erlingur Einarsson
Tech Reviews Editor

Erlingur is the Tech Reviews Editor on Creative Bloq. Having worked on magazines devoted to Photoshop, films, history, and science for over 15 years, as well as working on Digital Camera World and Top Ten Reviews in more recent times, Erlingur has developed a passion for finding tech that helps people do their job, whatever it may be. He loves putting things to the test and seeing if they're all hyped up to be, to make sure people are getting what they're promised. Still can't get his wifi-only printer to connect to his computer.