When Earbuds Break, Should You Throw Them Away or Fix Them?

In my recent office move–my entire operation moved from an upstairs office to a new space in the basement–I bet I found fifty sets of earbuds. Some were forgotten, some even still in the packaging. There were plenty from Apple, a set from Bose with really grunge earpieces (Gross!), a nice set of Shures, a pair of RHAs (very good; I’m using those again), two pairs of Skull Candys (I have NO idea where they came from), a useless set of Sony wireless ‘buds (NOT recommended), a slightly less useless set of Beats wireless ‘buds that I used for jogging for a while, some B&Os I got as a gift (pretty but not very functional, I recall), some unused Samsungs and for reasons unbeknownst to me, dozens of the cheap pieces of crap they handed out on airplanes.

But most of them were just plain broken. I never threw them out because…well, I had paid for most of them. Even in their useless and broken state, I couldn’t bring myself to throw them out. I’d turned into an earbud version of Hoarders.

I collected them all together as part of the move–and then my wife threw them out. On one hand, it was great to have this burden removed. On the other, I felt bad because…well, I had paid for them. Was this a waste? Could they have been fixed? What if it was just a loose wire or something super-simple to remedy?

Mabe so. PingZic has this article which features some tips on fixing earbuds.

No matter how durable earbuds you buy or the brand you choose, they are small and prone to damages. Most commonly the cables weaken and break overtime. Sometimes, the audio jack malfunctions and very often the earplugs suffer wear and tear. No brainer; it’s in human nature to throw a product in the bin when it’s not working anymore, so are the poor little earbuds.

On average, the earphones on the very low-end costs around $5 and some premium ones come under $50 and some above $100. But if you throw them away every time an issue occurs, you’ll be losing too much of your money each year.

Here are some of the most common damages that earbuds suffer.

Keep reading.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “When Earbuds Break, Should You Throw Them Away or Fix Them?

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  • March 29, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    In our Country Headphone price is too low so basically I used to throw them when they breaked. But if I see back to the past about 10 years back I used to fix them.


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