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Simpler solution: Clear adhesive tape
Authored by: chrisfriend on Feb 09, '07 02:21:58PM

I've never noticed a fading sound before, but I sure have noticed the wax build-up. But I've never had to disassemble the whole contraption or use complex tools to fight the problem. All I used was about 5 minutes of my life and a piece of clear adhesive tape.

Remove the little rubber form-fitting thingies (What the heck are they called, anyway?) and set them aside. What's exposed is the metalwork that seems to get infested easily with goop. Take the sticky side of the tape and apply it to the exposed metal grating. Don't move the tape side-to-side, but apply a little bit of pressure to it, into the earbud.

After a second or two, peel back the tape (again, without moving it side-to-side, only upward), and you'll find that lightweight earwax tends to stick well to tape while metal attached to heavier and more substantial earbuds won't.

Repeating the process a couple of times per earbud (using different spots on the tape, of course) makes mine all clean-looking and happy. All it takes is about 3 inches of tape and a few minutes of intimacy with the good ol' buds.

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