Why can’t I hear myself in my Headset

Are you a gamer who has ever had to use the headset and microphone combination on your computer? If so, then you have likely experienced problems such as the microphone not working properly or just being able to barely hear yourself. This article will explain why this is, and what you can do to improve your experience.

In this article, I will tell you how I fixed my headset problems that have been annoying me for several years. The reason is simple, I had the headset plugged into my computer instead of my receiver, the jack was too far from the speaker.

Why can't I hear myself in my Headset

Why can’t I hear myself through my headset?

First, make sure the mic is working on your computer. Then make sure the volume is turned up on your headset.

It’s because your microphone is turned off. In order to turn it on, you need to press the “unmute” button on your keyboard.

There is a problem with your computer’s sound card. It may be necessary to upgrade it.

My first thought was this is a common problem for most people, and it could be a number of reasons, ranging from bad quality audio files (that is, compressed), to microphone issues, or even a poorly wired headset. So, I’ve put together a quick checklist to help you figure out what the problem is.

If you’re having trouble hearing yourself in your voiceover, then start by checking your mic level. The mic volume should be at least -30dB. If it’s not then check to make sure your computer speakers are turned up high enough. If that’s not the case, then move on to the next step.

 Now, I recommend using an external recording application such as Camtasia Studio or Audacity. This will allow you to record directly to your PC, and you can do a number of cool things like adding music, effects, and transitions. 

How can I hear myself in my headset?

Can’t hear yourself in your headset due to the following reasons:

  • Noise canceling headphone
  • Too loud of music
  • Poor connection between headset and phone
  • Poor sound quality

There are two ways to make a headset work, and each has its own problems:

“Bluetooth” technology works by sending audio data directly from your PC to the headset. It’s simple to use, but your computer has to be set up correctly with the correct drivers to do this.

If you use “USB” technology, the audio comes into the headset through the USB port, and then the sound card on your computer converts it for output through your speakers.

Both of these methods have problems, so the solution is to either go with the “USB” method or use a powered speaker to play the music.

How Can I hear myself through noise-canceling headphones without cranking up the volume all the way?

The best headphones for your Mac are the Bose QuietComfort 15. They have an integrated microphone, and they work well with the built-in speakers of Mac laptops.

I found two different ways to listen to my music through headphones.

When I go into the Recording Devices, open the Microphone properties, and click the Listen tab, I can hear myself, but there’s a terrible delay, and this option is useless.

It sounds like you’re hearing yourself, but there is a delay that makes this option unusable.

Click on the speaker icon in the system tray, then click the Properties button. Open the Speakers/Headphones properties, click the Levels tab, and uncheck the Microphone box and turn the volume up all the way. It is possible for me to hear myself without a delay, but only when the volume is all the way up.

Click the Open button in the Sound Controls window, open the Speaker Properties for the Bose headset, and click the Levels tab. Unmute and increase the microphone and volume levels.

First, I turned up the microphone volume, then I turned up the volume on the headphones, unmuted the microphone, and now I can hear myself without a delay.

Click the Open button in the Sound Controls window, open the Speaker Properties for the Bose headset, and click the Levels tab. Unmute and increase the microphone and volume levels. 

Why Do I Hear My Own Voice in My Headset?

You might hear your own voice in a headset because one or more of your headset components is malfunctioning. This includes the microphone, headset drivers, or both. The problem with a defective microphone is that it can pick up ambient noise like a conversation between you and your teammate in a game. If you hear yourself when you’re using the headset in a quiet area, try swapping in a new mic. For a better chance of success, use a different headset and try on a different ear.

Microphone Boost

Windows uses a feature called “Microphone Boost” on some sound cards that can cause echoes, reports Microsoft. If you have a headset connected to your sound card, you should be able to turn off the setting in the Sound Settings window. Right-click the speaker icon and select Properties. Click the Levels tab and uncheck the “Microphone Boost” box.

You’ll have to click on Apply. Once you do, close the window.

Mic Monitor

Headset microphones have been used to improve the audio quality of telephone calls for over a century. Nowadays, headsets use this technology to reduce the amount of noise that users hear, especially while listening to music or playing games.

If you click the “Listen” tab, you’ll see a number of options, including “Listen to this device.” Make sure the check box next to “Listen to this device” is left blank.

Click the box once to remove the checkmark, then click “Apply” and close the window.

There’s a possible problem with your audio device. You may need to change it.


This could be because you have a really bad microphone or you are simply not loud enough in the mix. You can test this by playing around with the levels. If you play the game with the levels up and then mute your mic (or headset), the game will be louder than when you have the mic on and muted.

Also, you may want to make sure that the headphones that you use are the right size for your face. A lot of people use headsets for video games that are far too small for their heads.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I hear my mic through headphones?

When you turn on the mic, your computer should automatically detect it. If not, then follow the instructions given below.

If you don’t have a headset, and you want to use headphones, follow these instructions:

  1. Connect a headphone jack to the audio port.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Click on Sound settings.
  4. Click on Capture Tab.
  5. You will see “Capture Audio” option at the bottom. Check it and click OK.

How did you set up the Microphone on the PC?

The microphone on a computer is located on the front of the computer, on top of the keyboard. If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, look for a small white light above the right side of the keyboard. On older computers, look for a small blackjack socket in the lower-left corner of the computer or a smaller yellow jack socket in the back of the computer.

Are you using a USB headset or a 3.5mm headset?

The headset that comes with your computer is almost always a USB headset. If you don’t have a USB headset, the headphone port on your laptop will be a three- or four-pin 3.5mm jack.

Is there another way to hear myself without having the volume all the way up?

To hear yourself better when using headphones or earbuds, try increasing the volume by two clicks, or by moving the dial on the right-hand side of the volume control panel. If your hearing has deteriorated, a hearing aid or a cochlear implant may help.

Check your computer’s “sound” settings. They often have volume levels on a percentage scale—such as “50 percent” or “75 percent.” The idea is that you can dial in the sound at a low level, then turn it up when necessary. Some programs are set so you can control the level of your own sounds (or your computer’s built-in speakers).

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