The Gross but Effective Way to Clean Your AirPods
If you notice that your
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To fix your sound issue, take a softly bristled clean toothbrush. You can then carefully brush the larger opening of the Earpod. Then, (bear with me) suck on the larger opening until you can feel that you are causing air to come through. Then, brush again. This should solve your issue. The main reason why this has happened is ears with an exesesive [sic] amount of wax that melts into the earbud.
I'm trying to bear with you, Frankie. I'm trying. Luckily, I don't have any clogged up AirPods requiring a game of suck-and-blow. Quartz's Kira Bindrim did, though, and tried Frankie's approach. Her response? "Perfect sound restored. The bass is bass-y anew. (Did I essentially make out with my AirPods? Sure. But I will not apologize for it.)"