How to Get Rid of Static Noise in Headphones

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Michael Gray

Michael Gray

Michael has been writing about consumer technology for over a decade. He usually writes about headphones & other gadgets.
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Most of us have experienced it, but have considered it to be a necessary evil. When you are listening to the music on your headphones or using it for any other purpose, you are welcomed with the occasional (in some cases, frequent) white noise.

This can affect your Windows PC in more ways than one. This is referred to as static noise on headphones and it can be quite frustrating if you are affected with one of those issues.

How to get rid of this static noise on your headphone? We will check out a few options to address the issue.

How to Get Rid of Static Noise in Headphones on Your PC

Experts have come up with a few options and fixes to sort out the issue of static noise in headphones. If you are one of the affected ones, you can check out the following fixes to and if it solves the issue in your case. 

Most of the fixes indicated here are simpler and do not need you to have any sort of technical expertise as such. 

Fix 1 – Check Hardware

That should be the first troubleshooting option you would need to check. It has been observed that it has been one of the major issues affecting you in causing the static noise on your headphones with your PC. 

Check your headphones with other devices, preferably another computer to rule out the possibility of a hardware issue on your headphones.  If your headphones still emit the hissing sound, you may need to replace your headphones. 

Next, check the sound card and its performance on your computer. Play an audio or video file from your PC and minutely observe if you are still getting the static noise. If the sound card on your device tends to be of a cheaper variety, you may need to get it checked or replace it altogether. 

Moving away from a few home appliances can also help you achieve the solution for the static sound issues. This is, in fact, the static noise created by the interference from the other appliances. Printers, mobile phones and few other devices are known to be affected with the issues. 

Fix 2 – Change Your Audio Settings

The static noise can also be caused by an improper audio setting. Trying out a change in the speaker settings can also help alleviate the static sound issues. 

To do this, 

  • Right click on the speaker icon on your taskbar. 
  • Choose Playback devices from the context menu
  • Choose your headphone from the list and choose Properties
  • Under the Levels tab, set the Microphone slider to zero. 
  • On the Enhancements tab, check the box for Disable all Sound Effects. 
  • Confirm all your changes and exit.

You may also change the recorder settings as an additional measure. 

Fix 3 – Check if your Sound card Driver has an Update

Driver issues have been observed to be one of the major issues affecting your sound performances. Updating the driver for your sound card should help you resolve the issue. 

You should be able to achieve it either manually or automatically. Go to your manufacturer website and check if there are any updated versions for the driver are available. If yes, download them and install them on your PC.

Please take care to ensure that the drivers have been designed for your sound card model. Installing a driver not specified for your card may render your sound card non working. In such cases, you may need to revert to the older driver or resort to restoring back to the status that the sound card was working fine. Exercise caution while choosing the right driver.

You can also use automatic driver updating softwares. Once again, you need to exercise caution while choosing the right kind of software for the proper driver installation.  

Fix 4 – Use Windows troubleshooter To Address the Issue

Windows 10 is indeed a complete operating system in almost every respect. It offers you troubleshooters to assist you in addressing the major issues affecting your computer.  Using Sound troubleshooter can help you fix the issue related to static noise on your headphones. 

You can have access to troubleshooting through a couple of means – either through the Windows 10 settings or through the Control Panel. Let us check out the steps. 

  • Go to Control Panel and look for Troubleshooting. 
  • Next click on Hardware and Sound.
  • Choose the appropriate options from the next page. 
  • Follow the on screen instructions and the troubleshooter should be able to detect the problem you are facing and address it accordingly.

If you are using Windows Settings route, you may follow the steps here below –

  • Go to your Windows Settings
  • Click on the Update and security group. 
  • In the Update and security page, locate Troubleshoot on the side bar. 
  • Click on it 
  • You should now find the different troubleshooting options available for you. 
  • Click on the appropriate option and follow the on-screen instructions.

The Concluding Thoughts

Well, those were a few tips that should help you address the concern you may be having with the static noise on your headphones.

These should work as the best options to help fix static sound in headphones. If you are facing the issue on your headphones or PC, use any of these (or all) and let us know how the experience went for you. You may also share your inputs on other possible options to reduce the concern. 

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