A Plethora of Ear Piercings: Pain Levels and Locations

Piercings are the perfect way to experiment with body modification without really committing yourself to the long haul. Most piercings heal quickly and are relatively cheap, whereas tattoos and other modifications are long-suffering companions that will take a great deal of effort and coinage to remove or replace. For those looking to shake their personal image up a tad, but aren’t interested in the more culturally-unacceptable piercings, getting a variety of jewelry for your ears is an attractive solution. To that end, here are some of the most common ear piercings and an estimate of just how much pain you’ll be in once you say yes to the dress.



  • Ear Lobe Piercing

You probably already have a pair or two of these. The most common of ear piercings, the ear lobe piercing is often done on children and even babies. It is located- you guessed it- on the lobe. This is usually done as a set of two, with one on each lobe. Because the lobe is a great deal softer than the other piercing areas on your ear, it tends to be the easiest and least painful piercing to get. It heals quickly and is unlikely to become infected, as well as even being a cultural tradition for some people groups.


  • Helix Ear Piercing

If you had a pair of ear lobe piercings as a child, you probably have either considered or gone through with a helix ear piercing as well. This piercing is located on the upper tip of your ear and punctures cartilage rather than a soft lobe. This means that this piercing is more difficult than the lobe piercing, and therefore is radically more painful. It takes a long time to heal and is more likely to become infected or irritated during the early stages. This piercing can be located either higher up or lower down on the ear cartilage, and when it’s done on the middle part, its name changes to an auricle piercing.


  • Conch Ear Piercing

This, too, is an ear cartilage piercing. For the interested few who are not willing to take care of this piercing in the early days and treat it with a great deal of hands-off respect, we would warn you off of this one. This piercing can be found on the inside fold of your ear and usually features a stud with a snazzy smaller jewel.


  • Daith Ear Piercing

Similar to the conch, the daith is on the interior of your ear. However, instead of being in the inside fold, it’s pierced through the interior rim. This piercing usually features ring jewelry of some sort and, because it is a cartilage piercing, can be painful and easily irritated. Its cousin, the tragus piercing, is known to be much grumpier and is on the forward curve of your ear cartilage. If you prefer the look and style of the daith, it’s recommended that you ward off the tragus piercing, given its cantankerous reputation, and make friends with a daith.


  • Industrial Piercing

The industrial ear piercing is simply two upper helix piercings connected by a single piece of jewelry. Because this piercing is actually two-in-one, the pain level is naturally going to be higher if you don’t already have one of them done. Most people use things like arrow jewelry to highlight this piercing, and it’ll feel basically like you really did have an arrow go through your ear at the first.


This is by no means a be-all end-all list of different ear piercings, but it’ll at least cover you for your first visit to your given studio of pain. Our advice? Don’t go to your local Claire’s for a piercing job. Instead, bite the bullet, and make an appointment with your local clean, certified, and well-reviewed tattoo and piercing shop. Wherever you do end up at, make sure there’s not a single piercing gun in sight. Only needles should be used to do piercings, especially ones that are through ear cartilage, and your piercer should be extremely knowledgeable and thoroughly trained. Piercings, when removed, often heal quickly and disappear- so hesitate if you must, but know that it’s not a forever marriage if you do decide to experiment with a new ear piercing. Thank goodness.