How Long Do Headsets Last? + How to Make Them Last Longer

With so many headset products on the market, it is common to see some brands cut corners and sacrifice quality for a lower price. 

This competition makes it difficult for customers to know what to expect from their purchase as low-quality headsets get damaged within a short time.

This article will discuss how long headsets last and how to extend their lives.

What is the lifespan of Headsets?

Headsets typically last 3-5 years before they break down, and that’s assuming you take proper care of them. You can prolong the lifespan by cleaning your headsets and safely storing them. But that’s not all. 

The longevity of a headset also depends on several factors such as type, price, and material. The lifespan of your headsets is also determined by how often you use them. 

Expensive headsets have a longer lifespan than less expensive headsets, and this is because the former are more sturdy and often come with a warranty. So, you’re better off spending on good quality headsets than standard units. 

Gaming headsets tend to last longer too. A good pair of gaming headsets with cases and protectors should last eight years or more. 

We recommend Sony headsets because their products are well-known for durability, style, and excellent sound quality. 

Further, Sony headsets are made with cutting-edge technology that enhances overall performance. These features make them last long and stand out from most headset brands on the market today.

Factors that influence the lifespan of a headset

Headsets are made out of different parts and materials, which heavily influence the product’s lifespan. The cheaper the parts, the more prone the headset is to have a short lifespan.

The price of a headset indicates its quality. When it comes to headsets, you indeed get what you pay for. If you go for very cheap headsets, expect a low-quality product that might break sooner than later. 

Therefore, headsets on sale for $10-$30 probably won’t last as long as those valued between $80-$140 or more. 

Here are a few factors that influence a headset’s lifespan:


Headsets are usually made of plastic and metals, and the parts of high-end headsets are made with the best metals.

Speaker drivers quality

Cheap drivers have a lower lifespan than expensive ones, and they tend to break easily and stop working if dropped hard on the floor.


Cables play an essential role in establishing a connection between your headset and the connecting device. 

Cheap headsets have less durable cables that can break when you twist or roll them over.

Although we aren’t saying you should go overboard with your budget, it’s best to purchase products that deliver better sound quality and last very long.

How to make your headsets last longer 

If you want to extend the lifespan of your headset, here are some common mistakes to avoid that decrease headset longevity.

Rolling and dangling the cord

Most headsets come with long cords that allow you to easily use and connect to other devices. 

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However, these cables can constitute a problem as they easily get dangled, kinked, and in the worst case, rolled over by your chair or table; one severed point is all it takes to render the headset useless.

Note that good-quality cables are expensive, with replacement costs ranging from $30 to $100. So don’t play, dangle, or roll the cord over. You can wrap the cord carefully in a loop to reduce the length.

Avoid water and any form of moisture 

As you should know, water and electricity aren’t friends and don’t get along (unless your headset is waterproof). Water or liquids can fry up all electronic devices, including headsets. 

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If you spend a lot of time listening to music, prevent sweat or any liquid from getting into your listening device. 

Most headsets are not waterproof, so keep them away from water and avoid using them during any activity that’ll make you sweat, such as running or during a workout. 

Don’t bathe with headsets on or use them in the rain if you want them to last long.

Additionally, ensure you clean your headset regularly and wipe away all the dirt. 

Check the earcups for wax and other filth, and make sure you remove them. It would help if you did it routinely because earwax buildup can cause ear infections and restrict airflow, resulting in poor sound quality.

Don’t use the headphone without a case

No matter how careful you are, putting your headphone in your backpack, pocket or purse will cause the cord to get bent, twisted, pulled, pinched, and damaged. To avoid spending on new headsets, get a hardshell case.

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Hardshell cases are tough, unlike the soft pouches that come with most headsets, featuring a solid shell on the outside to protect the device. 

However, if your headset comes with a hard storage case, you don’t have to bother about a casing. Hard cases have sufficient internal padding to protect your headset from bumps and shocks when traveling.


Headsets can last a very long time if you purchase the right quality and take proper care of them. Remember to avoid dangling or rolling the cable, using the headset without a case, or allowing moisture to get into them. 

Other mistakes that may damage your headset are pulling the cord, sleeping with them on, and cranking up the volume.

You’ll notice that most of the problems with headsets involve the cord, not the device themselves, which is why most people prefer wireless headsets. 

You may consider switching to wireless headsets if you don’t want to deal with cable issues and want the device to last longer.

Jude is a music and headphone lover. He has tested and reviewed several audio listening devices and enjoys writing helpful tips and information for readers like you.