Why Does One Earphone Commonly Stop Functioning Before the Another?

There are many causes for this widespread (yet absurdly annoying) occurrence. More often than not, however, it’s basically due to a loose wire which enable it to frequently be set by pushing the cable in the direction of the earpiece and, if needs be, fixing it into position with a small electrical tape, super glue, or some other bonding agent.

Sometimes, if ever the headphones have an inline volume turn, that may be the reason. That one is a bit trickier to mend, but you can always try the ‘wire trick’ described above and see if it works. If not, then open the volume wheel and re-solder the cables into place (be warned, this can invalidate most warranties, so if ever the ‘phones are still covered, just send ‘em back and find replacements).

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

Another thing to look out for is the jack, if the cable is fraying/wearing round the jack, then that can also be a problem. Fortunately, like so many things in life, a small amount of electrical strip can really come in useful, just make sure all of the copper wiring is tightly bound and it should return to normal usage in no time.

From time to time, however, it is simply a sign that the earpieces are knackered and no quantity of clever tinkering can mend them. Generally, in these instances, the problem is inside. 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 am reminded of a Shakespeare quote from Hamlet, something about a king plus the guts of a beggar, but I can’t be bothered to look the entire thing up right now. You get the point I’m trying to make though, everything dies eventually, regardless of how much it cost you.

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