Why Do I Hear My Own Voice in My Headset?

by Melly Parker
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When you're playing an online game in party or chatting with a friend online, hearing your own voice in the headset is distracting. Once you fix the problem, you'll hear the audio of a movie, song or game you're playing -- and the voices of any friends you're chatting with -- without the distraction of your own rebounding voice. Hearing your own voice may be a problem with your peripheral equipment, but it may also stem from your computer.

Microphone Volume

Access Sound from the Control Panel in All Apps and choose microphone. Windows 8 will help you automatically troubleshoot your device from that area, which may take care of the problem right away. You can also adjust your volume -- if the volume is too high, the sound may rebound in your headset. Disable and enable the microphone from the Sound menu; sometimes a simple reset of the device will help solve the problem.

Other Connections

When you're connected to other people with your headset, sometimes hearing your voice isn't a problem with your headset or microphone. If a person in your party has a speaker playing the sound through his television or computer, you may hear the echoes of your voice in chat, coming through his speakers. A person whose microphone is poorly positioned and is picking up sounds from his headset can also rebroadcast your voice, playing it through your speakers.

Noise Cancellation

If you don't want any ambient noise, including your own voice, look into headsets designed for noise cancellation. Sometimes the sound of you speaking into your microphone simply rebounds into your ears naturally, without being picked up. Noise cancellation headsets will block out most noise around you -- including major volume from your own voice -- and let you focus on the sound being played in your ears.


To make sure your equipment isn't the problem, attempt to perform driver updates on your headset, microphone and the chat program you're using, if you're using one. You should also unplug everything, check to make sure the connections are clean and plug them back in. If they're clogged with dust, spray them clean with compressed air. One way to check whether it's a headset issue or a PC issue is to plug the headphones into a different PC and check whether the problem continues. If it doesn't, focus on updating your PC and adjusting your volume levels. If it does, focus on updating your headset and cleaning up your connections.


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About the Author

Melly Parker has been writing since 2007, focusing on health, business, technology and home improvement. She has also worked as a teacher and a bioassay laboratory technician. Parker now serves as a marketing specialist at one of the largest mobile app developers in the world. She holds a Master of Science in English.

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