Why do I hear my own voice
Posted by Technical Support, Last modified by Technical Support on 24 January 2018 11:42 AM
You could be hearing your own voice through a headset for a variety of reasons. Identifying and solving the problem is largely a process of trial and error. |
The simplest and most likely cause of an echo is not even caused by your microphone. If the people you are speaking to have microphones of their own and are receiving your voice through speakers, their microphones can pick up the sound from their speakers and send it back to you. An easy test is to ask that your friends momentarily turn their speakers off. If your friends' speakers are causing the problem, ask that they move farther from the speakers, reduce their volume or use headphones instead.
You may have more than one recording device activated. Many laptops and webcams come with an integrated microphone. If you computer is using both your headset and another recording device at the same time, it can create an echo effect. To disable other recording devices click the "Start | Control Panel | Hardware and Sound | Sound." Click the "Recording" tab in the window that appears. Right click on any device listed that is not your headset and select "Disable" from the pop-up menu.
Some sound cards employ a Windows feature called "Microphone Boost" that Microsoft reports may cause an echo. To disable the setting return to the Sound window as described in the previous section. Click the "Recording" tab, and then right click on your headset and select "Properties." Click the "Levels" tab in the Microphone Properties window and uncheck the "Microphone Boost" tab. Click "Apply," and then close the window.
Some headsets deliberately send some of the user's voice back to the headset in order to help users know how loud they will sound to others. Depending on your Internet connection and the programs you are using, there may be a slight delay between your speaking and the sound being played back. Return to the Microphone Properties window for your headset as described in the previous section. Click the "Listen" tab and make sure that the check box next to "Listen to this device" is left blank. If it is checked, click the box once to remove the check mark, then click "Apply" and close the window.
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