Why Does One Earphone Commonly Stop Working Before the Other?

15/04/14 12:05 PM

There are several causes for the familiar (yet absurdly irritating) occurrence. By and large, however, it’s simply due to that loose wire and can frequently be set by pushing the wire in the direction of the earpiece and, if needs be, affixing it into position with a bit of electrical tape, super glue, or some other adhesive.

Occasionally, if the earpieces have an inline volume wheel, that can be the cause. That one is a little trickier to repair, but you could always try the ‘wire trick’ described above and see if it works. If not, then open the volume wheel and re-solder the wires into place (be warned, this can invalidate most warranties, so if the ‘phones continue to be covered, just send ‘em back and acquire replacements). 

Avoiding stuff like this occouring in the future, it’s recommended to wrap your cables cautiously and avoiding stressing your headphones. No, I don’t mean that you should give Motorhead a break and simply play floaty, soothing New-Agey songs on them, I mean that you shouldn’t have them within your back pocket if you sit down and it’s best to remove them gently out of your ears after use (this will sound obvious, and you’d be surprised how many of us just rip ‘em out).

Another thing to take care for could be the jack, if the cable is fraying/wearing around the jack, then that will also be a problem. Fortunately, like so many everything in life, a bit of electrical strip can really come in useful, just be sure that all of the copper wiring is tightly bound and it should return to standard usage in no time.

From time to time, however, it is simply a sign these earpieces are knackered and no amount of skillful tinkering can mend them. Usually, in these cases, the issue is internal. This unique variant on the problem also catches headphones of any price range, be they Poundland specials or your year old Sennheiser Eargasm headset. I’m reminded of the Shakespeare quote from Hamlet, something about a king and the guts of an beggar, but I can’t be bothered to look the entire thing up right now. You get the purpose I’m attempting to make though, everything dies ultimately, regardless of how much it cost you.

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