The lifespan of a pair of headphones depends on how often you use them and how well you take care of them. Generally, if you use your headphones regularly (several times a week), they will last around three to five years before showing signs of wear and tear. If you take good care of them and use them occasionally, they could last much longer.

If your headphones always break within a year, you're probably doing something wrong. You can extend the lifespan of your headphones by taking good care of them and not using them for more than three years.

Here are five reasons why your headphones keep breaking:

1. You Let the Cord Dangle

If you want to avoid damaging your long-cord headphones, don't let the cord dangle off the edge of a desk. This puts undue stress on the internal wire at the point where the cord is bent at a 90-degree angle. Over time, this can break the internal wire, rendering your headphones unusable.

2. You Roll Over the Cord

Headphone cords can be very long, and if you're not careful, you can step on them or roll over them with your computer chair, which can break them. Be careful to avoid this, so you don't ruin your headphones.

3. You Wind the Cord into Knots

Suppose you're looking for ways to keep your cords from tangling; forget about the lifehacks you've seen online. Many of these hacks involve tight loops or knots in the cord, damaging the wires over time and causing your earbuds to break more easily. Instead, try to keep your cord loose and avoid making any tight loops.

If you want to keep your earbuds from getting tangled, you can wrap the cord around a toilet paper roll with notches for the plug and the buds. Or, you can use the roadie wrap method shown in the video below. To do this, you'll make a figure eight with the cord and secure it with a rubber band or twist tie.

4. You Pull the Cord, Not the Plug

Your headphones keep breaking because you're pulling on the cord. This stresses the cord where it meets the plug; over time, this can break the internal wire or detach the cable from the connector.

5. You Travel without a Headphones Case

Don't put your headphones or earbuds in your pocket, backpack, or purse. They will get jostled, and the cord will get pulled, stretched, twisted, bent, knotted, pinched, crushed, and damaged. If you leave your phone charger plugged in, it can get damaged if something hits it. To prevent this, you can use an L-shaped jack.

It is best to use a case when storing your headphones. This will protect them from being damaged. If you are using earbuds, you can keep them in a portable carrying case. If your headphones have a detachable cord, you can also keep that in a hard case. A soft pouch is better than nothing if you do not have a case.


There are a few reasons why your headphones might keep breaking. It could be due to poor quality, incorrect usage, or bad luck. Whatever the reason, it's important to be aware of the potential causes so that you can avoid them in the future. With a little care and attention, you can prolong the life of your headphones and enjoy your music for years to come.

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