This would seem to indicate the tips are the wrong size for your ears--probably too big. A smaller set of tips would allow you to insert them farther into your ear (for the proper seal)--without hurting you. If the tip doesn't seal properly, you won't get the isolation effect and the sound will be terrible--this is true of all in-ear systems. When you find the right combination of fit and seal, you'll feel better about them.
I'm not a fan of IEMs or earbuds in general, but I am a big fan of wireless music and a bigger fan of not having to listening to noises/people I don't want to hear, in the various environments I may find myself in (by choice or otherwise). In those instances, I am grateful to have a couple of good options for blocking out unwanted sound. For convenience, sound quality and battery life, you can't beat LGs line of Bluetooth headphones (neckband with short wired ear buds), quick to deploy, decent isolation, good for phone calls as well and fairly cheap to purchase. Great for shopping at Walmart. I also have a set of Apple AirPods--can't beat those for light weight comfort (I forget I have 'em in). The sound is actually pretty good and if you pair them with an iPhone or Apple watch, there are lots of ways to control them. They're a little on the expensive side and could be very easy to lose (so far so good, knock on wood) but the battery life is nothing short of amazing (due to the charger pack you cary them in).
None of these are going to beat a good set of cans when it comes to sound reproduction and sound quality, but they serve a purpose when needed. And all of them go against the advice my father gave me as a young child when he warned, in a very serious tone: "never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear."