Airpods, right ear muffled?

jockethebastard

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 6, 2017
23
5
Hi,

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.

Thanks
 

Relentless Power

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

Cremerhm

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Mar 24, 2012
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Hi,

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.

Thanks
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...
 

jockethebastard

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 6, 2017
23
5
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...
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!
 

Diiiiips

macrumors regular
Mar 2, 2011
229
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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.
 

fspilot1971

macrumors newbie
Mar 12, 2016
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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.

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.
 

Kyle4

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Aug 14, 2010
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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.
 
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fspilot1971

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

Amhalpern

macrumors newbie
Jun 4, 2018
1
0
Hi,

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.

Thanks
Just
Hi,

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.

Thanks
[doublepost=1528145637][/doublepost]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
 

cboy

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

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Feb 18, 2019
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Hi,

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.

Thanks
Hi .. Had the same problem and then I read a little tip .. get a chunk of Blu Tac (sticky tac) keep pushing it into the 3 vents , you will be surprised what you pull out , the AirPods will sound brand new ! Really, it works, the BluTac pulls out dirt & wax & grease .. give it a go !
[doublepost=1550491565][/doublepost]Use BluTac to pull out Dirt/Wax/Grease from your AirPods, just mould it into the 3 vents and you will be surprised what it pulls out , AirPods back to brand new sound .. give it a go