Today was a perfect example of my issues. I use a waterproofed iPod Shuffle in the pool with a special waterproofed short cord set of earbuds. Today, I was having trouble hearing the music. I could make out what it was, but it sure wasn't clear. I pulled out and repositioned the earbuds a half dozen times. Then, for no reason except desperation, I reversed them. I moved the one in the right ear to the left, and vice versa. Problem solved!
I pent the rest of my swim pondering this. I've been using these earbuds for nearly a year and never knew there was a right/left. Why have left/right earbuds anyway?? My ears are the same. Where they live on my head is different but that shouldn't make any difference in the sound?
Then as I was ending my swim, the thing told me I was nearly out of battery. Kind of curious cause it usually lasts longer than this but what.ev.er.
I get home and with good light discover that there is no label on the earbuds. They do not say left or right. I stuck them in my ears and switched them back and forth and could not tell one bit of difference. And.. the battery was 75% full.
WTF??? It's a sad day when your player and earbuds fuck with you.