There are many reasons for this widespread (yet absurdly nauseating) happening. By and large, however, it’s simply due to that loose wire which enable it to frequently be set by pushing the wire towards the earpiece and, if needs be, affixing it into place with a bit of electrical tape, super glue, or some other adhesive.

Now and again, if ever the headphones have an inline volume turn, that can be the cause. That one is just a little trickier to fix, but you possibly can always try the ‘wire trick’ outlined 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 remain covered, just send ‘em back and find replacements).

Avoiding stuff like this happening in the future, it’s recommended to wrap your cables vigilantly and avoiding stressing your headphones. No, I do not mean that you should give Motorhead a break and just play floaty, soothing New-Agey music on them, I mean you shouldn’t have them in your back pocket whenever you sit down and it is best to detach them cautiously out of your ears after use (this will likely sound obvious, and you’d be shocked how many people simply rip ‘em out).

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

From time to time, however, it’s simply an indication the earpieces are knackered and no amount of smart tinkering can repair them. Generally, in these cases, the issue is internal. This particular variant on the problem 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 not be bothered to look the entire thing up right now. You get the point I’m attempting to make though, everything dies ultimately, no matter what it cost you.

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