What Happens When Headphones Get Wet?

When your headphones are exposed to water, the circuits inside them begin to short; usually in a few hours or less. For example, if your headphones come in contact with saltwater (which contains chlorine), you can expect corrosion within 24 hours. This will result in poor sound quality when using the headphones and may even stop them from working all together.

What Are the Signs of Water Damage?

Here are some signs that your headphones have been damaged by water:

- Sound quality has changed or the sound is very poor.

- Volume is very low or not functioning.

- Headphones emit an unusual smell (a result of corrosion).

How to Fix Water-Damaged Headphones? step by step guide

If your headphones have been damaged by water, there is a high chance that they will still work, but with poor sound quality and possibly even lower volume. If this is the case with you, here are some steps to try:

##Step 1: Power Off and Dry Out

The first thing that you should do before attempting to dry out the headphones is to turn them off and make sure no water drains out while you are drying. If they are still wet, this will cause further damage to the circuits inside and may even short circuit your device. You can leave them off for a few minutes and then dry them with a soft cloth or paper towel.

##Step 2: Use Distilled Vinegar

This is the most important part of drying out your wet headphones. Distilled vinegar will remove all water from the device and help prevent corrosion. Make sure that you do not use white vinegar, as it can actually cause more harm than good. If distilled vinegar is unavailable where you are, you can also try using a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and water.

##Step 3: Place Headphones in a Warm Dry Place

It is now time to let your headphones dry out completely. For the best results, you should leave them overnight so that they can dry as much as possible. Next, test them by turning them on - if the sound quality is still bad, leave them to dry out for a few more hours or even days.

*NOTE: You should not turn on the headphones if they are still wet, as this may cause further damage to the circuits inside and possibly short circuiting your device.

##Step 4: Preventing Water Damage from Reoccurring

In order to prevent water from damaging your headphones, you should keep them in a sealable bag when they are not in use. This will help prevent them from getting wet again and at the same time, will protect them from dust. Another option would be to purchase an inexpensive waterproof headphone case that can safely house your device whenever it is not in use.

How to prevent my headphones from getting wet?

There's not much you can do about water-damaged headphones, except make sure they don't happen again.

■ If you are using the headphones when it rains, keep them inside your clothing instead of exposing them to the rain.

■ Don't wear headphones in the bathroom when taking a shower. The steam will cause the components to malfunction, even if they are not directly exposed to water.

■ If your headphones malfunction after getting wet, it is best to replace them with a new pair rather than trying to fix them.