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Earpiece speaker very quiet after spill

My wife spilled her chocolate wine on my iPhone. I immediately cleaned it off and allowed it to sit in a bag of rice for a day. Now everything works, except that the earpiece speaker is very very quiet.

I've disassembled the phone and noticed that the and liquid sensor/sticker is still white. There are several red dots on the earpiece speaker. Are those also liquid detection stickers or are they supposed to be red?

I've also looked at logic board and ribbons and detect no signs of liquid exposure(no dried wine that I can see). What should be my next step? Is there a way to clean the speaker? Or do I just need to replace it?

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Holy crap on a cracker, I got sweat in my phone after working out and havent been able to hear for two weeks. I said no way the sonic brush will work. Girlfriend bought me one 7 months ago and havent used it, broke it out feeling like a idiot for trying and BAM, just like new. Thank you.

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Bryan's solution, the sonic toothbrush (I simply used a mechanical one) actually worked! I cannot even believe it, my jaw just hit the floor. THANKS BRYAN!

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Thank you, Bryan, for the Sonicare tip! My phone works like new!

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Guys,

im really stuck with this one, same issue speaker has gone quiet out of no were, have tried to restore phone, resotre to factory reset - hard reset,

have blown out the speaker (with a can of air clean)

none of this has worked, the only possible things that could have broken the phone are

a drop from about 3 inched on to a tile floor (this did not damage the outside for the phone)

Using it on a phone call when it was raining and there is water damage to the speaker,

or this happened when i jail broke and upgraded to 5.1.1.

have restored the phone to 5.1. using redsnow and still the same issue,

I can also see in the speaker grill it does look like it has crap in, Dust/muck

does anyone have any other brilliant ideas?

Thanks

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OMG thank you for the toothbrush tip! my son spilled milk on my IPHONE6 and i used a normal toothbrush for about a minute and seen all the dried milk come out. Thank you so much again!!!

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Be careful about using compressed air and desiccants. I've repaired two iPhones with the same issue by using a sonic toothbrush to shake the moisture and dirt from the earpiece. Simply place the bristles directly on the earpiece grate and turn the toothbrush on high for a few minutes. It will dislodge all the buildup and your phone will be as good as new. One of my phones had been submerged in a sink for about 10 seconds and this fixed the issue while compressed air and desiccant had no effect.

Update (12/09/2011)

Bryan's solution, the sonic toothbrush (I simply used a mechanical one) actually worked! I cannot even believe it, my jaw just hit the floor. THANKS BRYAN! (still stunned this worked.... I thought, there was no way)

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Thanks sooooo much! I tried sooo many things and nothing worked, rubbed the tooth brush for 10 seconds and its working now :) PS: I dropped mine in the toilet :P

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Man Thanks soon much! You're the best, a regular tooth brush worked! Try for 10 second! Ps: Great Advice, You're the best.

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Thanks so much pal .. you made my day .. just simple dry brushing made the magic ... my andrioid phone was immersed in a thick ice cream 2 days back and the audio at the earpeice was so faint now its back to original step..thanks a ton bryan!

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OMG! THANK YOU!!! Spilled ranch dressing on my phone, couldn't hear, tried your suggestion about the toothbrush and I can hear perfectly now! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!

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Fantastic tip. Worked like a charm !:(What's that mean? :-)) But really, thanks for the tip. I was a desperate for a repair on my non-warranty phone.

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I had the same issue with my iphone 4. One day the volume seemed low and muffled. The sound was fine with an external headset or blue tooth so I knew it had to be in the speaker. In my case I think pocket lint and dirt ended up clogging the ear piece. I used my air compressor and about 90 psi of pressure and blew out the ear piece, speakers on the bottom, and the headphone jack. I was surprised at how much dust came out. Since then the phone has been like new. Just make sure that your compressor doesn't have any condensation in it. In my case I actually blew a little moisture out from the speaker area. It was hot here one day and I was using the phone. I believe my sweat and lint may have been the issue. Hope this helps someone else.

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My phone fell in the toilet.... yet it stayed on, the only issue i noticed was the ear piece speaker volume became really low..i managed to fix it by simply using an airfloss. I placed the air floss directly on the earpiece grate an give it a couple of puffs(blows).. it did the job..(just make sure the air floss is completely dry before using)

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My phone was doing the same thing and it's never been wet or dusty but the AT&t store replaced the sim card and now the sound level is back to new

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HELLO! i had the same problem! only i spilled sesame salad dressing on my phone and it dried. I thought of sewing Buffalo Wild Wings but instead i googled many different ways to clean my iphone. what i did (and it worked after a few minutes of cleaning) i cut off the tips of Q-Tips leaving about a centimeter of the cotton on the stick. then i sprayed it with windex and the edge of the Q-tip in the ear peace then took an electric tooth brush and ran it on my speaker however i called and it was still pretty bad, then i resorted to using rubbing alcohol (dries fast) i did the same process but did it a few times at the end i used a regular tooth brush as well. I AM PROUD TO SAY I CAN HEAR MY MOM CALL ME NOW!! ....well kind of proud ;D

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I had a friend spill a shot of fire whiskey on my phone and it went right into the ear piece. After having to use speaker phone for about a week and hearing about repair costs from $50 to $200...I got fed up and used one of those little alcoholic swab napkins you find in a first-aid kit along with a toothpick and scrubbed away. I did avoid not getting a lot of alcohol in and along with the toothpick I was able to get the ear piece working. To this day I have a habit of putting my iPhone face down :-)

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