5 common headphone problem and solutions to fix them

By Krutika Lal Apr 27, 2021


Right from conventional type of wired headsets to more advanced and expensive wireless Bluetooth headphones, are available in a wide variety. They're loaded with basic features as well as advanced noise cancellation and digital assistant integration type of functionality.
With a wireless connection, Bluetooth headphones provide incomparable freedom of movement, allowing users to enjoy their music even during workouts without the hassle of wires and cords restricting them or limiting their range of motion. But, you may feel disappointed if your Bluetooth headphones are causing you issues for which you aren't able to find out the exact reason. And regardless of the type of headphones you own, some headphones may stop working at some point. There are a number of simple solutions you can get your headphones working again.

When listening to music or playing games, we often have problems with our headphones. Buying a new headphone isn't the only option, particularly if you waited long enough to purchase those pricey ones. Weak connectivity, poor sound quality, and compatibility issues are only a few of the most common issues with headphones.

Here are the most common headset problems and how to fix them:

No Audio

It's certain that almost all of us have encountered this issue before, and throwing away the headphones was probably the first thought that came to mind. If you've been having the same problem recently, check to see if the audio source is turned on before buying a new pair. If your headphone has a volume control, make sure it's turned on.
Also, check whether battery-powered headphones are charged. Make sure your Bluetooth headphones are properly connected or linked to your device if you're using them. If neither of these solutions work, there may be a problem with the headphones' audio driver, or the cable may be loose, creased, or torn. You have no option but to purchase a new pair of headphones in this situation.

Or, you may face an issue where the audio is working in one ear only.
It’s considered as one of the less complicated fixes. Make sure the cord is completely plugged into the sound device if you're just getting audio from one ear of the headset. If the headphone jack is only halfway connected, you may be hearing the audio through one ear.
Check the headset with an alternate device if the audio is still functioning in one ear.
This problem might also occur when the wires near the audio jack are not properly kept in the bag/pocket, they bend or twist, causing this issue . Another explanation may be that the headphone jack has become clogged with dust. You can clean the dust by just blowing on the jack.

Bad Sound Quality

The quality of sound doesn't only refer to how loud a piece of music can be, but also to how clear and detailed it sounds through headphones. When you hear distorted audio, buzzing, or crackling noise, you have poor sound quality. People are usually willing to pay more for a great pair of headphones with excellent sound quality, regardless of the cost.
With cheaper headphones, distortion and buzzing sound are typical problems. When you listen to music at a high volume your ears are affected as well. In the case of wired headphones, to test the sound, try plugging your headphones into a different jack. If the distorted noise goes away or becomes softer, it means that the jack is damaged.
Also, try moving the ear cups up and down to see if the audio quality shows improvement, for wireless headphones.

Poor connectivity issues

This is a pretty common issue with Bluetooth headphones. Ensure that your device's Bluetooth is switched on and that the headphone is paired. A low battery level on Bluetooth headsets is another frequent cause of connectivity issues. With earphones, you won't have this problem because they don't need charging.
Sometimes when your headphone battery level drops below a certain point, the processor loses power and doesn't function effectively. If you're having trouble connecting, make sure your headphones are still fully charged. Though this could be a very rare case, make sure the wireless receiver isn't kept on on a metallic surface, as this may cause connection issues too.

Device not pairing

To your surprise, even the finest quality of Bluetooth headphones out there might sometimes struggle to connect with your mobile or any other device, rendering them completely useless. Before you quit trying, and switch back to your old wired headphones, there are a few easy solutions that can solve the problem with your Bluetooth headphones. To begin, make sure your headphones are compatible with your device. Check on your IOS and Android version.
Second, make sure your phone/device has Bluetooth switched on and that your phone and headphones are not more than three feet away. Despite the fact that the best Bluetooth headphones usually have a longer range, bringing them closer solves basic pairing issues.

Also, make sure that any devices that might be overlapping with your link are turned off or disabled. Especially make sure that all the previously paired devices are disconnected. Because they get connected automatically every time you turn on your headphones.

Static Sound

Most Bluetooth headphones are subject to interference from time to time. If you're experiencing regular static interruptions, consider disconnecting your headphones for around 20-30 seconds, then try reconnecting/re-pairing them. Sometimes regardless of the range your headphones have, reducing the gap between your device and your headphones for a temporary period, can also address static issues.

It’s common to face minor issues when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, after all it’s a technology too. But, in such cases you don’t have to panic and switch to new headphones / earphones. The first step is to try out all the basic solutions before taking a step further.
Like mentioned above there are many easy fixes that can get your headphones back running.
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