So what I thought was an issue of the past, appears to still be plauging phones of today.
Go to answer a call, no sound in ear...have to switch to speakerphone. Same dialing out.
Read all about proximity issues w/ the headset connector, so i cleaned/cycled/tapped....no fix. Apps that show it, incicated no headphone jacked in unless one actually is.
I finally resorted to blowing INTO the ear speaker itself. FIXED!