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Sound in left earbud shorts in and out

Does anyone know how I can stop my left earbud from shorting in and out? It seem like it I jiggle the wires, the sound sometimes plays and sometimes cuts completely out.

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If its not hard to open the case, just solder the connection again (only if you found out that the problem is inside).
Also check the wire if it have 100% connection. You may also check skin of the wire. If found out no good, so possibly this could fix the problem.

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