One of the earpieces has stopped functioning, why?

There are several causes for this widespread (yet absurdly annoying) happening. Generally, though, it’s simply due to a loose wire which enable it to frequently be fixed by pushing the wire towards the radio earpiece and, if needs be, affixing it into position with a bit of electrical tape, super glue, or other adhesive.

Sometimes, if the headphones have an inline volume turn, that can be the reason. That one is slightly difficult to fix, 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 continue to be covered, just send ‘em back and get replacements).

Avoiding stuff like this happening in the future, it is recommended to wrap your cables carefully and avoiding stressing your headphones. No, I do not mean that you should give Motorhead a break and only play floaty, soothing New-Agey songs on them, I mean you shouldn’t have them in your back pocket if you sit down and you need to remove them gently out of your ears after use (this will sound obvious, but you’d be stunned how many individuals simply rip ‘em out).

Another thing to take care for is the jack, if the cable is fraying/wearing round the jack, then that will also be a problem. Luckily, like a lot of things in life, a bit of electrical tape can really come in useful, just be sure that the copper wiring is tightly bound and it should return to normal usage in no time.

Now and then, however, it is simply an indication the headphones are knackered and no quantity of clever tinkering can repair them. Typically, in these cases, the problem is inside. This unique variant on the trouble also attacks earpieces 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 plus the guts of a beggar, but I can’t be bothered to look the whole thing up right now. You get the point I’m trying to make though, everything dies eventually, no matter how much it cost you.

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