Frequent mistakes you could make with your headphones

By Krutika Lal May 04, 2021

Any pair of headphones is probably susceptible to fail at some point. It's a delicate gadget with many complicated parts, and over time, those components can lose out their efficiency and might get worn down, resulting in eventual malfunctions. You might shrug it off, but you can't avoid it. However, you're doing something wrong if your headphones always die within a year.

If, on the other hand, the headphones are broken by you. It's all right you obviously didn't mean to do it! We really don't have the time to always be soft and loving towards those earbuds that need to be jammed into your bag or pocket as you rush to catch the rickshaw or train when life is busy and overwhelming? Below is a list of mistakes that people usually do with their headphones, but fortunately there are a few things you can do to prolong the life of your headphones and get even more than a year out of them :


Not using the case

Use the case that most likely came with your earphones or headphones when you purchased them to keep the cable looped. Stop shoving your headphones and earbuds into your bags, backpacks, and purses. The contents of the container will get messed up, causing the cord to be pulled, stretched and twisted, no matter how cautious you are. Heavy objects can bump into and ruin the connection point if the cord is left plugged into your phone. Even if you lose the case, having a tiny pouch that you don't have to stuff the headphones into can help secure the cabling and earcups, potentially preventing them from being crushed even if your bag is thrown on the floor.

Sleeping with your headphones on

When you're sleeping, you can't control how you move. You twist and turn and roll around without even realising. There's a fair chance you'll pull the cord at the very least. If you sleep on the headphones with a heavy head, you will end up damaging them. If you're someone who falls asleep with headphones on all the time, consider getting a pair of wireless earbuds.

Messing up the wires

What causes cables to break in the first place? The wiring getting severed at the connection points, either to the earcups/earpieces or at the plug is a typical cause. The cable may appear to be in good condition on the outside, but it contains severed connections on the inside. Managing the pull is the key to avoiding breakage. Your cable should never turn a 90-degree angle directly where it is plugged in. You're moving the internal wires away from the plug, whether you mean to or not. A cable should have no tension when plugged in, but should hang loosely with no hard pull at either end.

Booming the volume up

Sound waves are generated by all noise-producing devices. Vibrations generate sound waves, and the stronger the sound, the greater the vibrations. Excessive volume can damage the sound-producing sections of headphones because the components are fragile.
At first, you won't be able to hear those frequencies. The audio will change and weaken, and the main qualities will be lost.
When using devices like your mobile as a sound source, this is much less likely to occur, but it is still possible. However, stereo or heavy audio equipment outputs can push your headphones to far higher levels, resulting in driver damage. The good news is that you can prevent this by simply keeping the volume down. You'll also prevent yourself from damaging your ears this way, which is a win.

Worrying about spending on headsets

Cheaper items are manufactured from relatively simpler materials and with less attention to detail and overall quality, and also cost less to produce. Electronics aren't built to last permanently, however when the materials and components have a degree of value and are held with higher quality control than we'd expect from a budget product, there's a possibility those headphones would last longer.

In conclusion, irrespective of the price or brand of your earphones, you want them to last as long as possible. The bottom line is that maintaining your earphones does not necessitate significant time and effort. Simple cleaning habits or the use of inexpensive attachments will go a long way toward extending the life of your earbuds, allowing you to travel, exercise, and work longer.

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