Like every piece of technology, headphones tend to be delicate and need to be appropriately handled. However, contrary to other gadgets and appliances, headphones travel a lot with us. What’s more, they aren’t as handy and convenient to carry as, for example, our phones, and can’t be as easily protected. That’s why it’s not usual for them to damage.
Just think about how many times you bought a new pair of headphones in the last months. Most of us do it quite regularly, either because we opt for cheaper ones, or because we don’t take good care of them. If just like tons of other people, you do the latter, then we have prepared a set of tips on how to take care of your headphones and carry them around properly.
Pull the Plug, Never the Cord
Many people still grab the cord to detach it without gripping the device, but it’s crucial always to pull the plug directly attached to the source. Otherwise, you risk damaging the connector sooner than later.
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Unplug the Cable When You’re Not Using Your Headphones
It’s not only the matter of unplugging the cord in the right way but unplugging it in general. It’s not unusual for people to leave it connected with cables wound around their device or headphones simply lying next to the computer. It is wearying the connector, plus, you risk bending it at the connecting point, pulling the plug suddenly, tangling the cord, and more.
Get a Proper Case
Whether you use big headphones or small earphones, you should always carry them around in a case that allows them to stay safe, even when in your backpack, which is full of other items. If you do use headphones with a cable, make sure to always roll it in a loose coil to avoid tangling, as it’s not only irritating but can also be damaging. Very often, a case is included with the whole set, but you can always purchase it separately online or in your local electronics store. Aim for something tough that will protect your headphones from all outside damages.
Try Not to Sleep With Your Headphones On
It’s calming and relaxing to listen to something in the evening, but try turning the music off and taking the headphones off before you actually fall asleep. It’s rare for people to sleep completely still, so you will probably end up rolling over, bending, or even snapping your headphones. Additionally, if you use a pair with a cord, you also risk strangling yourself in your sleep.
Don’t Turn the Volume Up Too Loud
First of all, listening to music on the maximum volume, or close to it, can seriously damage your hearing, which will only require you to listen to music louder and louder until you’re stuck in a vicious circle with damaged ears.
Second of all, what you may not be aware of, headphones are also designed to handle only a specific amount of decibels and a frequency range. Just because your pair is capable of playing music extremely loud doesn’t mean you should do it.
If you listen to something too loudly, or with particularly deep bass at high volume, you risk damaging your headphones as well as your ears. If you love music with deep bass, you should look for headphones specially designed to handle it better.
Most players allow you to set the volume limit considered healthy for your hearing, and you should stick to it.
Don’t Let Them Get Wet
This is probably a no-brainer, and it’s unlikely that anyone lets their headphones get wet on purpose, but there’s never enough reminding ourselves that we ought to be careful. Nothing should happen if you get caught in the rain, but you should be cautious if you’re at the beach, and always make sure you haven’t forgotten about them when you, for example, throw your backpack into the washing machine.
All pieces of technology come with instruction, and it’s not something that was written for the sake of being printed and killing a tree. Your headphones also came with a set of relevant information on how to use, store, carry, and handle them to make sure you’re taking good care of your pair. Treat them with love, and you may enjoy high-quality sound even for years.
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