1. CJ Thunder's Avatar

    My 900, my gfs 920 both shock (like, you know, little sparks) my ears when I use wired headphones. My guess is because the phones are not smooth/glossed, and the headphone jack has some metal exposed, mixed with the material of a few of my gym shorts. I don't know.

    Does this happen to anyone else?
    04-18-2013 03:07 PM
  2. markfive's Avatar
    Are you running by any chance? I used to have this problem with A.N.Other phone, but only when on a treadmill.
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    04-18-2013 03:12 PM
  3. berty6294's Avatar
    I don't understand. What are you shocked about?
    farukdgn likes this.
    04-18-2013 03:27 PM
  4. Ari69's Avatar
    You are not alone, I have this problem with my iPhone5 (company issued). It has to do with static electricity building in headphones (normally when you are running and such). It feels weird when you are getting lightly shocked inside ear.
    04-18-2013 03:37 PM
  5. Tomanband's Avatar
    I had this problem all the time with my Zune 80, it does not cause any harm to the device, I don't think to you either ;)
    04-18-2013 03:44 PM
  6. CJ Thunder's Avatar
    Wow, widespread. I've been using MP3 players and it never happened, since I got my phone I have been using BT headphones so of course no issue there, but I just went back to wired headphones and now it happens when I am just walking, at like 3.8 mph...

    I've tried different wired sets and all the same issue and they are not small shocks.

    Any suggestions?
    04-18-2013 03:46 PM
  7. markfive's Avatar
    I found this quite common when on a treadmill, even when I had the phone on the treadmill rather than in my pocket. I never did find a solution, other than to stop using in-ear headphones.
    04-19-2013 08:33 AM
  8. jaimeastin's Avatar
    I hate this. Never happened to me running, but happens all the time at the office. I had to start grounding myself at the desk.
    04-19-2013 09:05 AM
  9. PSRBF6's Avatar
    When the clothing on your upper body moves around when you do things like running.
    Some fairly powerful static electricity builds up in those clothes.
    Since your headphones cable runs down your body right next to those clothes, sometimes you can get flux/inductance from the current in the headphones wire and the static electricity from the clothes to amplify current levels.
    Since a headphones wire is like a coaxial cable, which has capacitative properties, you can get current on the outsides of the wire.
    What that does is send a current through your ear because your ear is touching it.
    The reason you feel it when running is because the static electricity amplifies the coaxial capacitance of the wire.
    (I had to explain some of the technical details in layman's terms, so pardon me)
    04-20-2013 01:56 AM
  10. AngryNil's Avatar
    Foam tips :)
    04-20-2013 06:56 AM
  11. gsquared's Avatar
    Foam tips :)

    Never had that happen to me personally. The foam could be a reason why.
    04-20-2013 10:17 AM
  12. farukdgn's Avatar
    I don't understand. What are you shocked about?
    lol. he is really shocked by electric. not a feeling :D
    04-20-2013 10:30 AM
  13. CJ Thunder's Avatar
    I do have foam tips and rubber tips. Though even rubber tips are not really a coverer of all the metal on a headphone's mini speaker. Maybe those new iPod ***** tip headphones eliminate this issue.
    04-20-2013 05:59 PM

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