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The best solution I've found is using a software mono output (Apple, Samsung, and soon to be Android Nougat will do this).Second best are stereo to mono earbuds (marketed for joggers, etc).Third best is using an adapter that uses resistors to avoid any problems mixing stereo channels. This isn't so great because it makes things quiet.
This is awesome... I lost my left ear hearing totally from an acoustic neuroma about 14 years ago. people just don't understand how frustrating it is! earphones drive me nuts because sometimes I will just hear the baseline, or just vocals depending on the mix. Thank you for this. (but no problem sleeping with a snorer, and it is great in boring lectures when you can just put a finger in the good ear surreptitiously and no one knows that you can't hear at all!)
If you like to change the audio channel from Stereo to Mono or from Mono to Stereo, you may try this method http://www.idealshare.net/video-converter/how-to-c...
Nice solution :) If you have a nice pair of headphones which you don't wish to take apart though, you could use this Sound Scan 1BUD stereo-to-mono converter:http://www.scansound.com/1bud-stereo-to-mono-conve...It doesn't short the left and right channels together, so there's no risk of it damaging your hardware.
If you look at a typical headphone / earbud jack, you will see it is 3 pieces of metal separated by two plastic insulating rings. The one nearest the wire is common; the tip and the middle are left/right (not sure which way around). Use a file or a rotary tool to grind a little bit into the gap with the insulating ring between the left/right sections i.e. the tip and the middle section. Then dab a bit of solder to join them. Not too much so it does not interfere with it sliding in and out of jack sockets. The headphones / earbuds will now play mono.
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