Almost anyone who’s a regular headphone (wired or wireless) user is familiar with the faulty one ear problem. You know, that problem that sneaks in one morning when you’re trying to listen to your jam or watch a movie with your headphone. But you realize that the right or left ear no longer works. Yes! That very problem can be annoying, especially when you know you do not have the energy or financial budget for another headphone just yet.
Your headphones could be excellent, and the problem might be with your device. But, not to worry, depending on the issue, you might not need to get a new headphone. So, before you hastily dispose of those beautiful headphones, take a while to diagnose your headphone problem. We'll show you how to diagnose and fix the infamous “one wireless earbud not working” problem. Buckle your seat belt, and let's dive in already.
HOW TO FIX BLUETOOTH EARBUDS WHEN ONLY ONE SIDE WORK
- Test One:
The first step to fixing Bluetooth earbuds is to diagnose what the problem is. Before you commence any troubleshooting effort, start by testing your earbuds with other apps and devices on your phone. Chances are, the app you're using the earbuds with or your device, in general, might be the problem. So, start by using another app on your phone. For instance, if you noticed the problem while using your phone’s media player, exit the app and try playing a video on YouTube or another music streaming platform. If you see any difference, then your media app needs fixing.
- Test Two:
If, after using another app, you still hear music in only one earbud, connect another earbud to your device. This method of diagnosis helps to check if the wireless data transmission is fine or broken. Hence, once you connect another earbud to your device and it works fine, then you probably need to change your earbud as it might be faulty.
On the other hand, if this new pair of earbuds still has one side of headphones not working, your device might be the trouble maker here. In this situation, you want to check your device setting to fix what the problem is.
- Test Three:
If you can’t get a different pair of earbuds to try test two with, connect your earbuds with another person’s phone, your tablet, or your laptop. If Bluetooth headphones on one side are not working, it’s time to either fix the earbuds or get a new one. If you’re down for fixing the earbuds, keep reading, we’ll show you how to.
- Step One:
Fix your phone if it's a problem. Start by restarting your device. Once it has restarted, reconnect the earbuds. If the problem persists, check the last time you upgraded your device.
- Step Two:
Your audio settings might be the culprit too. If your mobile phone is the issue here, and you've tried the first step but to no avail, check your audio setting. You either turned on the "mono setting," or the audio balance scale moved to the extreme right or left. These two audio settings could be the problem. If either of them is the problem, reset it. The audio balance and mono settings are in the accessibility option on your mobile device settings list. The flow to the mono and audio balance setting on iOS devices and android devices requires you to go from setting to accessibility and audio/ visual (on iOS devices). On Android devices, it's usually labeled as audio and On-screen text.
- Step One:
If the earbud is the problem, start by resetting it. Initiate a wireless earphone reset by powering it off and on. If it is a pair of Bluetooth earbuds, you might not be able to reset it the same way, depending on the earbud model. Nevertheless, reset the connection by deleting the earbud off your device's Bluetooth list. Then, re-pair your earbuds with your mobile device.
- Step Two:
Let’s say your Bluetooth headphone is both wireless and wired, and it develops the right or left earbud not working problem; you're probably experiencing the halfway point problem. When this occurs, it means your audio could not successfully be wirelessly transmitted. The best way to fix this problem is to use the earphone cable to fix it. Connect your device to the headphone using the audio. Keep attaching and removing the cable to your earbuds until the audio can finally transmit wirelessly to both ears. If both ears receive the audio sent, then you sure have the halfway point issue.
- Step Three:
It is probably time to clean your earbuds. If you've run it through the diagnostic tests above and you're sure the earbud is not the problem, proceed to clean it. You only need a dry cloth for cleaning or a q-tip.
HOW TO FIX HEADPHONES WITH NO SOUND
If, after connecting your pair of earbuds to your phone, laptop, or tablet, you get no sound, don’t panic. Instead, when next your earbud isn’t receiving the audio of the music or movie is playing, here are a few things you can do to fix it.
- Turn up the volume on the device you’re playing the audio from.
- Turn up the volume on your earbuds, too (if applicable)
- Check to see that your headphone is connected correctly to your device.
- If your headphone is the chargeable kind, you might want to check to see if it is fully charged.
- If the problem persists, connect your headphone to another device. If there's still no sound, then you've got a faulty headphone.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR WIRELESS EARBUDS
As an active user of the pair of your earbuds, you need to take care of your earbuds to prevent issues from springing. Taking good care of your pair of earbuds is essential to the long-life span of your headphone. Here are some tips to help you.
- Clean your headphones occasionally. You can clean the body with a soft wet cloth and soap. But when cleaning the earbuds, use either a dry cloth or brush. Unless it's waterproof, avoid getting water into the earbuds.
- Take off your earbuds before you go to bed. Sleeping with your earbuds or headphone on could damage the headphone in no time, no thanks to your awkward sleeping posture.
- Store your earbuds in its case when it’s not in use.
- When charging your earbuds, check on them occasionally so that you do not overcharge them. Also, be sure only to charge your earbuds with compatible cables.
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Bluetooth earbuds are gradually being integrated into our daily lives as human beings. Great earbuds make it easy to go anywhere with your music, podcast, movies, etc., in your ear.
The best part is, different brands have invested money and time into developing both high-end and pocket-friendly earbuds. So, depending on your pocket, you can invest in any model of your choice. Whatever your choice is, ensure you master the dos and don’ts by heart.
You’ll be able to maintain and take proper care of the headphone. Also, when technical issues like one wireless earbud not working, etc., arises, you should be able to tackle it head-on after reading this article.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Sound Production. He has worked with a number of studios as a Recording Engineer, with over 10 years of servicing experience in both re-recording mixing and sound editing.