How to Keep Headphones From Breaking

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Updated June 27, 2022

There’s hardly a more solemn event in a music lover’s life than when they put on their trusty headphones only to realize they have gone on to a better place. Damaging a pair of your best headphones must be avoided at all costs. That’s why we will give you a few tips on how to keep headphones from breaking. And for further information on keeping your listening devices in working order, you can read our article on how to make your headphones last longer.


  • Headphones are a delicate electronic device that needs to be maintained to maintain good sound quality.
  • The easiest part of the phone to break is the cord. This problem often occurs because of improper storage or careless use.
  • All headphones need to be kept away from water and moisture. This exercise keeps the internal wires and components from being damaged.

How to Protect Your Headphones

You can uphold a few sure practices to ensure that your headphones are healthy. These steps are easy, logical, and can significantly preserve the sound quality of any pair of headphones.

Insider Tip

To have better chances of keeping your cord in top shape, especially near the headphone jack area, buy a pair that has an L-shaped jack.

We also have a great article that guides you on how to hear your mic through your headphones.

Practice Cable Care

The leading cause of listening device malfunction is damage to headphone cords. Damaging headphone cables is easy to do. Damage usually happens through habits that quickly wear out or stretch the copper strands, like frequently rolling over the wire with a desk chair or unconsciously bending the wire as you sit at your desk and work. Another common way people wear out earbuds is by forgetting to unplug them from their phones before putting them in their pocket. All these things can significantly diminish the life of your headphones.

Make sure you are aware of where your cord is when moving around your workspace and any undue stress you may place on it that might hurt the intricately made device. Always wrap it correctly (meaning no kinks, bends, or tight loops), and always unplug it from your device before putting it in the back of your pocket.

Avoid Water, Moisture & Humidity

Water is damaging to headphone speakers, but many don’t realize that things like sweat and humidity can be corrosive and dangerous to electronic devices. Because of this, during a workout or even just when taking it outside in a humid area, it can be good to get a pair of water and sweat-resistant covers for extra protection.

Maintain Good Volume Levels

Whether you have wireless earbuds or not, you have to make sure that you avoid unnecessary stress on the speakers. To ensure that your expensive earbuds or headphones don’t blow a speaker before their time, give extra care not to play music at max volume for too long. Some speakers, especially on cheap headphones, can’t handle the extra stress of specific frequencies at max volume.


Going with cheaper headphones often means that you’ll have to replace them three times faster than if you went with a higher-quality pair.


Why are my headphone pads cracking?

The most common cause for headphone pads to crack is sweat damage.

Why has one of my headphone speakers stopped working?

The likeliest cause of speaker damage is a shortage of headphone wires. Often because of a break in the electrical signal.

Are headphones designed to break?

There’s no proof that any manufacturers build in flaws so that their headphones break faster. However, these are delicate devices with a lot of intricate parts, so they simply won’t last forever.

STAT: To bring down the risk of damage, consider purchasing a headphone cable depending on how tall you are. (source)

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