Airpods, right ear muffled?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by jockethebastard, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. jockethebastard macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2017

    I have a problem with the sound of my right airpod.
    When using it the sound seems to be more on my left then right. The bass is not ass full in the right ear and the whole sound is a bit muffled.
    I have tried reparing them several times and tried with ATV, MacBook, iPad, AW and ofcourse my iPhone 7+. They all have the same problem.

    The funny thing is, its barely noticable at first, but after about 5-10 minutes of listening to music I feel a bit deaf on the right ear.

    Best way to describe it is if you have a bassdrum playing in center it feels big and full in my left ear, but it feels like weaker in the right.

    Sorry for any bad english.

  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Perhaps a bad driver in the right Airpod? Haven't heard this issue yet. You might be looking at a replacement with Apple.
  3. Cremerhm macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Could it be that the air vent on top of the right AirPod is a little dirty/blocked?
    This air vent mostly produces the bass if I'm correct...
  4. jockethebastard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2017
    I also thought so, but they are clean and pretty much brand new.

    I tried setting audio to mono, and the sound does not seem to be balanced.

    The sound produced in the right airpod is not bad, if both of them had sounded like that i would not have noticed. But the left one has much more width in the sound and much more "open sound", if you know what i mean.

    So wierd!
  5. Diiiiips macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2011
    I've posted about a similar-ish problem before. It's happened to me again with my replacement too. My right one feels a little loose so don't know if wax/dirt is getting in because I push it in a few times per gym session that I wear them.
  6. fspilot1971 macrumors newbie


    Mar 12, 2016
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    I had the same problem with the right one, Apple replaced it, now only 2 weeks later the same thing is happening to the left one. I have an appointment for Wednesday at the genius bar so they can replace that other one now.

    I really love these things but I think on Thursday they will be going up on eBay. I've only had them since June. I feel there is a problem here and Apple isn't addressing it. Or they just weren't ready for primetime.
  7. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    Glad its not just me

    Sometimes it does sometimes it doesnt

    I deal tho

    Cant be in swap hell
  8. Kyle4 macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2010
    My left AirPod has gotten muffled twice due to excess dirt/earwax in it. It was quite noticeable. First time I fixed it by using the old "toothpick" method that has worked since EarPods. Second time (which was yesterday actually) I tried something different that made them like brand new again and got rid of all the debris.

    Googling for a bit led to me trying sticky tack, which mushed itself slightly into the grilles and pulled everything out nicely. I really thought it wouldn't work but my AirPods look and sound like brand new again.
  9. fspilot1971 macrumors newbie


    Mar 12, 2016
    Sadly I tried this and it didn't work. :(
  10. jockethebastard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2017
    Got my right airpod replaced this week, they found something wrong with it but I don't know what.
  11. Amhalpern macrumors newbie


    Jun 4, 2018
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    Just as an FYI for data collection I am also having the same issues with my right ear pod. I am in my second one. Therms. Is a problem that Apple is not acknowledging
  12. cboy macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    there are posts about sucking on it and it working lol. sounds gross but if it works...

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