You must have noticed unbalanced sound volumes in your earbuds when you decide to relax and listen to music or watch a movie.
One earbud louder than the other is a very common scenario among so many earbud users, and this is why we have opted to bring you this post so we can throw more light on it.
We want you to know that earbud volume problem are so many reasons cause them.
This is why you must try to find out what the initial problem is before looking for a solution. Trust me when I say it is indeed a predicament for your left earbud to sound louder than your right earbud and vice versa.
There is no way you can enjoy the content you are watching or listening to when the sound volumes of your earbuds are not equally balanced.
In most cases, people conclude that there is something wrong with the earbuds, prompting them to head to the market to shop for a new pair of earbuds.
Surprisingly, there are various ways you can adopt in dealing with this problem rather than heading to the market to shop for a new one.
We advise anyone having this problem right now to not dispose of the earbuds yet, but try out the tips in this post before getting new earbuds.
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One Earbud Louder Than The Other
Without taking more of your time, let us show you possible causes or reasons why one of your earbuds sounds louder than the other. Then, check out the tips we have below for you.
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Audio Mixing Issues
Just like we mentioned earlier, do not be in a hurry yet to dispose of your earbuds because one of them sounds louder than the other one.
You need to know that sound engineers, professional DJs, and music producers all work with headphones that are not well balanced. This is because sound specialists focus on getting all aspects of sound.
It means that one side might sound loud, so you can hear the beat of the music, while the lower side makes it possible to hear the vocals.
If you conclude that this is far from an audio mixing problem, go ahead and try listening to the audio file with another device. For example, you might have been listening to audio content at 8D if the problem is the same on another device.
The problem ends up being from the audio source of the device if the problem is resolved.
Audio Signal Loss And Problems
If you find sounds, you might have poor audio from one earbud and good audio from the other, but there is audio signal loss.
This will happen if you are dealing with a very long cable, meaning audio will take a long to travel if you use a long cable. Long cables also mean dealing with high resistance, and this will result in poor audio quality in one of your earbuds.
Another possible cause for this might be listening to music from a portable music player designed with a line remote. If you want to improve the audio quality coming from your earbud, you must find a way to disconnect the line remote from the music player.
Problems With Connectivity
Connectivity issues might be the problem if you work with a Bluetooth or wireless earbud. It is because the Bluetooth earbud can get disconnected from the audio source.
It ends up making one earbud loud while the other is quiet while pairing issues, on the other hand, can cause imbalance audio quality.
Device Settings Problem
A device setting problem might be the reason why one of your earbuds sounds louder than the other one, while the settings on your smartphone, computer, or media player might be the reason why there is no balance in your earbud volume.
Before doing anything, you need to check properly if the problem is from the earbud or headset, and if the problem is still working, the device might be from your media player.
Earbuds are designed to be in close contact with the ears, and this means dirt from outside and inside tends to fill up the earbuds.
When the grid is filled with dirt and wax, you will never balance the sound quality, and you also need to check the condition of the earbuds if one ear is sounding louder than the other.
This is what you need to do first before going ahead to troubleshoot if the problem is from your audio source or device.
You can use cotton buds or a cotton tip applicator to clean up the earbuds the right way, and you can go ahead and wet the tip of the cotton bud using a small amount of alcohol to clean the earbud carefully.
When cleaning up your earbud, you can go ahead and check for frays, breaks, and tears.
Faulty And Dirty Headphone Jack
If the headphone jack is faulty or dirty, one of your earbuds will not sound as loud as the other, but this problem isn’t as easy to notice as people think it is.
In some cases, all you need to do is clean up a dirty jack for your earbuds to sound balanced, and trust us when we say a small amount or fingertip amount of dirt on your headphone jack is enough to make your earbuds sound imbalanced.
All that is required to clean up a dirty headphone jack is a small amount of alcohol and a soft piece of cloth to clean your headphone jack.
If you have hearing problems, then the sound volume of your earbuds will not sound balanced, and you can consider switching to another pair of earbuds when you find out that your earbuds are not sounding balanced.
It would help if you considered talking to an otolaryngologist or an ENT specialist to get your ears checked out, and hearing issues can arise from impacted air wax.
It would help if you considered going to professionals to get your ears properly and safely cleaned, and some specialists use safe tools in removing wax from your ears.
Just because we mentioned the use of tools in cleaning your ears shouldn’t make you scared, but have it in mind that the tools used in cleaning the ears are safe.
If you have checked out so many possible causes of having an imbalanced sound volume in your earbuds and you came up with nothing productive, then you might be dealing with defective earbuds.
Your earbuds won’t sound good if it comes with a factory defect, and you might end up noticing so many symptoms of a defective earbud. You need to check the manufacturer’s warranty if you recently got the earbud.
The purpose of checking the manufacturer’s warranty is to know if you qualify to return the earbud to its manufacturer, and the problem can show up a few weeks or a few days after purchase.
Now that we have talked about possible causes why an earbud will sound louder than the other, you now have a very good idea of what you are dealing with.
You do not need to throw away your earbud without identifying the problem is, and every possible scenario we have talked about in this post is likely to cause your earbuds volume to be not balanced in both ears.
The good aspect of this post is it doesn’t provide you with possible causes and solutions alone, but it also makes sure you end up saving money from disposing of your earbuds without finding out what is wrong with them.
My name is Johnson Lewis and I am a music coach, producer and Blogger. I enjoy writing about music, instruments, music equipments and I love helping people become better singers.