How to Fix Extremely Loud White Noise on Headphones Even with Low Volume Settings


This is one of the things that I hate the most: getting random, but extremely loud white nose on my headphones for no apparent reason. The last time it happened I was actually writing, with background music running at a very low volume.

This didn’t matter for my headphones who decided to test my eardrums with the most incredible white noise I have ever heard. It was so bad that I actually jumped up from my chair and threw the headphones away. I literally thought that my ears were bleeding, which was not the case, fortunately.

But I am sure I’m not the only one dealing with this problem – so I’ve decided to write this article to guide everybody and teach you how to fix extremely loud white noises coming from your headphones randomly. Because it’s one of the most unpleasant things that can happen to you.

So let’s get this started! Here are all the steps you can take to fix loud white noise coming through your headphones for no apparent reason.

Most likely, this is a software problem and we’ll talk about this later. But first, we’ll have to rule out other potential reasons for this problem, so here are the steps that you should do:

– swap your headphones from the rear headphone jack on your computer to the front one (or vice versa). There is usually a crackle noise when you do: try to see if any of the jacks causes a louder one. If that’s the case, it might be a problem with the jack or some other hardware related problem.

– if you have your headphones plugged into the speakers or speaker controller or something like this, try plugging them directly into a headphone jack on your computer. The same goes the other way around: if you have them plugged in to your computer and your speakers have a special jack for the headphones, move them there.

– do some testing by shutting down various things around: try turning off your WiFi and then try to unplug your speakers if you have them plugged in.

– finally, if you have the option to do so, try switching the position of your sound card. Although unlikely, the pci slot might have some problems – as sometimes white noise is caused by emi so you might want to try and rule that out if possible.

However, in most cases, the loud white noise coming randomly to your headphones is not caused by hardware problems. As I said earlier, the most likely cause is either some interference with other programs or, most likely, some software glitching for some reason. Here is what to do:

1. Right click the speaker icon on your taskbar and select “Playback devices”

2. Click the “Communications” tab and select “Do nothing” from that menu, as seen in the image below:

3. Next, click the “Playback” tab, then click the device that is set as the Default Device (it is marked by a green check mark).

4. Click Properties, then click the “Enhancements” tab. Select “Disable all enhancements”:

This will basically eliminate any potential glitches that might cause the white noise coming through your headphones.

Finally, it’s worth testing your headphones as well, if you’re using wired ones. In many cases – especially if these are older or brand new and untested for a while – there might be a poor contact or a slightly cracked wire along the way, one that is causing the loud noise when in a certain position.

In order to find out if that’s the case, turn on some music with a very low volume and twist the cable from one end to the other. Usually, the problems are towards the phones themselves, so move them carefully. Don’t twist too hard to break them, but move them a little bit so the cable is not always in the same position.

If this causes a crackling noise or the loud white noise you’ve been hearing, then there’s a problem with the headphones.

However, the most likely fix is that software glitching fix that I’ve shared above and turning the enhancements off, as well as the communications boosts will solve your problems and you will no longer jump off the chair when white noises randomly occur.

Now it’s your turn to let us know if these solutions managed to help you fix your problems. Also, if you managed to find a different fix, please share it in the comment section below so that other people with the same problem can benefit from the knowledge.



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