Headset echoing is frustrating, obnoxious, but easy to resolve. When you hear your own voice echoing through your headset, it can be distracting, especially if you are using the mic while playing a game or during a phone call.
This issue of echoing isn’t specific to wired headsets. It can occur with wireless headphones, wired headphones, and built-in speakers. Most of the time it’s just a matter of adjusting the volume on the device you are using the headset with.
This article will go over how to fix headset echoing with various devices including Playstation, Xbox, Windows 10, Sony, and Plantronics devices.
What Causes The Feedback?
Hearing your own voice through your speakers can be caused by a variety of reasons depending on which device you are using the headphones with. It can happen on PS4, PS5, Xbox, and on computers. Most of the time it’s because the volume is too high on your device. However, here are some other possible causes for the voice echoing:
Issue From Another Device
One reason you may be hearing your own voice through the headset is that your voice is coming out of somebody else’s speakers and being reflected back to your headset. If you are talking to somebody else while this is happening, ask them to turn their volume down and see if the issue is fixed.
A common issue with Discord is that you can hear yourself through your friend’s headset. This is because your friend has their mic too close to the headphones or the headphones themselves are too loud. Additionally, it could be due to the fact that the sound is being played through their tv speakers and the speakers are too loud or the headset isn’t plugged in properly.
A Headset Issue
Some headsets playback whatever voice they hear through the microphone. Generally, the voice is supposed to be played back instantly, but it can sometimes have a delay. If this is the case, simply go into the microphone properties and click “listen to this device” to turn it off. If this does not solve the problem, here’s an alternate solution:
- In Windows, click on the search bar and type Sound, and hit enter
- Select Recording from the tabs
- Right-click on Microphone
- Click Properties
- Select Enhancement
- Enable the Noise Suppression and Acoustic Echo Cancellation feature
- Select OK
If this does not solve the problem, plug the headset into the back of the computer rather than the front. You can also disable the microphone completely by right-clicking on Microphone in the recordings tab and selecting Disable.
If you are trying to use a headset with a microphone and your other device has an active microphone, such as a laptop, it can create the echo you are hearing. You can fix this by going into your control panel, opening your hardware and sounds settings, and disabling the corresponding microphone. Here’s how to do that for Windows:
- Open Device Manager by typing devmgmt.msc into the search box
- Click on the Audio inputs and outputs tab to expand it
- Right-click Microphone to open the menu
- Click on Disable
- Click Yes to confirm
- Navigate to the Apple menu
- Choose System Preferences
- Choose Security & Privacy
- Click on Privacy
- Click Microphone
- Uncheck the box next to the app that is using your microphone
For Google Chromebook
- Launch Google Chrome
- Click on the three dots in the corner for options
- Click on Settings
- Navigate to Privacy and Security
- Click on Microphone in the site settings
- Toggle the button to turn off the microphone permissions
Xbox Headset Feedback
Xbox has had various complaints regarding headset feedback. It’s not an uncommon issue, but a rather obnoxious one. There are a few reasons why you may be hearing yourself through your headset whether in party chat or one-on-one:
Loose Headset Connector
This is the first thing that you should check when hearing headset feedback. Look at the male end of the headphone jack. Is it plugged in all the way? If not, plug it in completely and check for feedback.
If there’s still feedback, try another headset. If the issue is resolved, then it was an issue with the original headset. Additionally, ensure you are using the boom mic with the headset. If you use the internal microphone, it can cause an echo with uncomfortably high volumes.
If the problem still persists, this is what needs to be done:
- Press on the Xbox button to open the menu
- Choose Settings
- Click on General
- Navigate to Volume & audio output
- Choose Party chat output
Playstation Headphone Feedback
As with Xbox, Playstation has its quirks. One of them is headset feedback due to incorrect system settings. If you’re hearing yourself talk through the headset that’s connected to the Playstation, here’s how to fix it:
- Navigate to Settings
- Click on Devices
- Choose Audio Devices
- Click on Volume Control
- Ensure the volume levels are properly set
It’s not uncommon to hear an echo of your own voice while using wireless earbuds. If this is a pair of Sony earbuds, then the problem cannot be resolved. It’s a function that is unable to be disabled.
The function is meant to provide the best feedback to the caller and it will let you know that a call has been dropped because instead of hearing your own voice, you won’t hear anything at all.
Plantronics wireless earbuds can also give off an echo. One of the most common causes for the echo is due to excessive volume levels. You can adjust the microphone volume on the charging base. You can also adjust the speaker volume on the charging base. If it’s still too high, turn down the volume on the headset itself.
If you are using a wireless headset for a desk phone, there will be a dial on the base. There will be a setting of 1-4 or A-g. If this setting is disabled, you will get an echo. Models that have the A-G dial should be set at A. If it’s a Cisco desk phone, the headset should be on the D setting.
Plantronics Headset Echo
If you have a pair of Plantronics headphones, you may be subject to the dreaded echo. This issue can be resolved by performing the following steps:
- Turn down your phone volume to anywhere between 50%-70%. Having the phone volume up too loud can cause an echo.
- If you’re using a computer, adjust the headset volume on the computer as you would with your phone. Additionally, disable the sidetone if you have it enabled.
FL Studio Feedback
If you are using FL Studio and are hearing an echo, you can change some of the settings to make it disappear. Here’s what to do:
- Open FL Studio
- Open Mixer
- Choose Master Channel
- Navigate through the Plugins section
- Open Select Menu
- Choose None
- Select the track in the mixer you’re recording in
- Open the menu again and do the same for the current track and choose the input channel that your mic is connected to
Additionally, you can fix it this way:
- Open the studio
- Open mixer
- Click on the track that your instrument is recorded to
- Adjust the volume
There you have it, some of the most common causes of headphone echoing and the methods for fixing it on various devices. Sometimes these issues can be easily resolved, as you now know, but other times they can’t, such as with the Sony Wireless earbuds.
It’s a built-in feature meant for convenience but may end up being inconvenient to certain individuals. We sincerely hope that whatever headset echoing issue you had is now resolved.