Only works in one ear, very quiet unless I bend the cord a certain way
I got EarPods with my iPhone a while ago and I had them stored away, but when I tried to use them, only one ear worked but it was very quiet unless I bent the cord a certain way. This isn't the device, I used it on my iPhone, Mac and iPad. It's the headphones.
It sounds like there is broken wiring or a bad connection. Try to isolate where the problem is by bending a section of the wire while holding the rest still.
If you are comfortable using a soldering iron for electrical repairs, you can search on Google for detailed repair instructions.
Otherwise, you can give these ideas a try:
If it is near the Earpod, a temporary fix may be to use a hot glue gun to reinforce and prevent the wire from pulling. If it is anywhere along the wire, you can try to make a ""stent"" by taping part of a toothpick against the trouble spot to reinforce and relieve strain.
Good luck and happy repairs!"