Static electricity lowers the volume on iPhone 4S

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by SandeeCohen, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. SandeeCohen macrumors newbie

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    The situation is the Etymotic hf3 headset used on an iPhone 4S.

    As the weather became colder and drier, I noticed that the volume would lower on the iPhone, which was in my pocket as I walked along with my headset on.

    Eventually, the volume went to zero.

    I could take the iPhone out and increase the volume back up, but it would, over time, go back down.

    I also noticed the volume would decrease as I took a sweater (acrylic) off. Again, static electricity.

    The problem wouldn't happen if the phone was in my cotton jeans back pocket as that doesn't build up static electricity.

    Yesterday, I wrapped the phone in a very slightly damp paper towel and put it in my pocket. The volume didn't decrease.

    I've looked all over the Apple support sites, but haven't seen this problem described.

    I contacted Etymotic, but they also haven't heard about the problem.

    I have no idea what is behind it. The iPhone. My specific iPhone. Having any kind of headset on. Having the hf3 on.

    As the winter weather approaches, I would like to have a handle on this.

    Right now I'm testing wrapping the phone in a fabric softener dryer sheet.
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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  3. SandeeCohen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I would get a bluetooth headset if I can be assured that the volume won't lower if the phone is in an acrylic pocket.
     
  4. blueroom macrumors 603

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    It sounds more like something's wrong with your headphones or iPhone. Bluetooth headphones have worked perfectly for me, no cables, remote playback & volume control, nice.
     
  5. ItBeMe22 macrumors 6502

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    Do your walking in the nude, end of problem .:D
     
  6. Jbenn425 macrumors regular

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    If nothing else, at least it'll smell nice. :)
     

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