How to Avoid Breaking Your Headphones

Are you constantly breaking your headphones? Are your headphones not sounding great even though you can't remember doing anything harmful to them? Here are a few simple measures you can take to keep the sound quality of your headphones at a good standard.


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    Turn your music down. Not only is loud music likely to ruin your headphones, it is also very bad for your eardrums.
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    Do not use tiny headphones on a stereo that isn't designed for them. There is a possibility that the power applied to the headphones will be too great for the headphones to handle.
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    Do not leave your headphones on the ground. Even the slightest pressure damages them and over time they will break.
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    Avoid bass frequencies too low for your headphones to handle. Although some headphones are suited for low and loud bass frequencies, too much bass can cause a headphone speaker to burst just like a regular one.
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    Avoid sharp pulls on the headphone cord. This will pull the wires out of their holders over time, making them unusable.
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    Avoid letting the earphones dangle or spin them. The centrifugal forces will damage the delicate electronics in them, and will ruin the sound quality.
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    Don't put them in water.
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    Don't tangle the cord up. This may lead to knots which can potentially pinch the wires and break them.


  • If you wrap your headphones around your music player when you are not using them, make sure that they're not plugged in, because this can break the wires.
  • Don't sleep with your headphones on unless you're actually using them.
  • When buying headphones, look for ones which have some sort of strain relief (this is a flexible comb of plastic on the end of the connectors). This can help to prevent you pulling the wires out of the headphones.
  • Buy a case for your headphones if possible. This will keep them free of tangles and any physical damage.
  • If your stereo or MP3 player has a volume limiting system, use it. It will prevent you from damaging your hearing and prolong the life of your headphones
  • Do not drop your headphones on the floor or fling it around. This can cause damage to the wires and will likely snap it.
  • don't yank your earphones if you are taking them out instead just be nice to it if it was like an animal and take care of it. that means don't leave them on the floor.
  • Every night you should hang them up somewhere or put them in a place isolated from almost everything this will cause it to have a longer lifetime.
  • Avoid pulling on the wire to take headphones out of your ears. Grab by the plastic head.
  • To keep the cords from tangling: use a paperclip to clip the two wires together.
  • Avoid stuffing earbuds into your pocket. There is a chance of them becoming tangled or the wires getting pinched.
  • Take them out of your pockets before washing your clothes.


  • Listening to loud music for prolonged periods of time will permanently damage your hearing.
  • If someone else can hear the music from your headphones, it means you have an open headphone. Normally, in an enclosed headphone nobody can hear your music. But, if you have an enclosed headphone and someone can hear, it's too loud.

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