How to fix blown out headphones

The one thing you don’t want to do with your headphones is blowing them out. But the question remains; how do you fix blown out headphones? The good news is that fixing blown out headphones isn’t nearly as complicated as it sounds, and it can be surprisingly simple when you know what to do. 

In this article, I’ll discuss the steps of getting your headphones back in working order to get back to listening to music again.

What are the signs that your headphones are blown out?

If you have lost a lot of sound quality and volume from your headphones, it could be because they’re blown out. Many people don’t know how to tell if their headphones are blown out or not, so let’s get into it! It’s pretty easy to see whether or not your headphones are blown out by looking at a few different factors. So here is what you need to look for:

  • The easiest way to check for blown-out headphones is by turning on some music with good bass. 
  • Bass sounds low-pitched and rumbly, so try listening for that low-pitched sound when you listen through your headphones.

What can you do to prevent them from getting blown out?

There are a couple of things you can do to prevent your headphones from getting blown out. First, don’t over-tighten them. Second, make sure that there’s not any extra pressure on certain parts of your headphones—too much pressure on one side or another could be what leads to that popping sound. Finally, dry them as quickly as possible if you think they may have gotten water in them!

How can you fix them if they’re already blown out?

Unfortunately, it’s a little complicated if your headphones are already blown out. There are some things you can try, though. The most apparent solution is buying new headphones–however, if you’re on a budget or can’t find another pair of headphones that work as well as your current pair, there are other things you can do.

A large, circular magnet is inside each ear cup, surrounded by several smaller magnets arranged in an arc. In between these two arcs is where sound travels from one side of your headphones to the other–and that space gets damaged easily when you blow out your headphones.

By taking them apart and putting them back together again, I was able to realign these small magnets so that they were better protected from damage by being surrounded by more giant magnets (see picture below). Although it didn’t fix my problem completely, it helped quite a bit.

Additional Tips

It can happen when you overdrive your headphones. Try reducing your volume to about 75% and see if that helps. If not, it could mean that you need new headphones. Test out a few different sets of headphones on another device, borrow a friend’s pair, and see if they have any better luck. 

However, if you don’t want to replace them entirely, you can always buy replacement pads instead; often, these will snap right into place!


Blown out headphones are a common problem that can be quickly and easily fixed. We hope this blog post has helped you find some new strategies to help you get your headphones working right so that you don’t have to go without music. If you have any other questions or concerns about fixing your headphones, please contact us anytime.


Why are so many people choosing to leave their AirPods plugged into their ears all day? 

Because there is an issue that affects people from all walks of life: blown out headphones.

How long do headphones usually last?

Given reasonable care, it’s not unusual for most decent quality headphones to last 2-3 years. If your headphones are already in need of repair or replacement, there’s a good chance you aren’t being reasonable with them.

How do you fix broken headphones?

The first thing to do is check if your headphones still work by plugging them into another device. For example, if you have a phone with a jack, try using it with other headphones. If they’re working on another device, then that means that something is wrong with your earbuds or jack rather than something wrong with their wiring.

Why is one side of my earphones not working?

Try plugging your earphones into other devices to see if they work there. If they do, you might have a problem with your device (laptop/phone) and not your earphones. 

Check for damage to your cable or earphones by looking at them closely for cuts or frays in wires or by pulling on them gently from both ends of where it is connected to make sure it isn’t loose. 

Clean out any dust in your jack by using compressed air or a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Plug them into another device and check again. If nothing else works, try buying new headphones.

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