FizzyWater, you might consider getting a short extension cable for your headphones. The shortest I've seen at Amazon is about 1.5 feet.
In my case, I went with an inline headphone volume control.
In both cases the object is to put the stress on the cheaper extension cable's plug and take it off the headphone's plug. But, due to Apple's need to be different, if you have an i-device make sure the extension is compatible. (I think Apple's jack is recessed slightly.)