Hearing a static or buzzing noise in your headphones is probably what you got them for – to listen to music that’s been encoded on them. It can be quite annoying and irritating. You turn them over, give them a slight shake, and yet it still persists. So what can be done when you experience this recurring issue with your favourite pair of headphones?
One common issue is caused by poor connections on your headphones. A strong wireless connection is the most likely culprit. If you are travelling outside in the open then try unplugging them whilst inside your vehicle and then reconnecting them once inside. If you are using headphones whilst watching TV then you should make sure they are connected to a headphone jack or cable correctly.
The next common cause is touching the headphones when cleaning the external speakers. Most portable headphones are not made to be easily damaged, so you may be surprised to find that they stop working. This is often the case with headphones that are bought via online stores without ensuring they come with a warranty. In the case of audio equipment like speakers and headphones, an audio connection is just as important as the physical connection to the headphones and it’s worth checking to ensure you have a good one first.
Another issue that can cause noises is static. Static can occur from static created within your speakers when playing your favourite tracks. This is usually caused by poor quality audio. When you listen to music that has been compressed, then you will pick up static noises when you rewind a track or adjust the volume. If you want to avoid noise when listening to music on your headphones, then you should invest in high quality audio.
Audio devices like recorders can also cause buzzing to occur in your headphones when you use them. If your DVD player has static on it or your MP3 player doesn’t have a true noise reducing feature, then this could lead to your audio device creating noise. You can usually fix this type of buzzing by clearing the dust from around the device. Cleaning the audio device externally helps.
A very common issue that can occur when using headphones is the device manager not being able to locate your headphones. It sounds quite strange but if you right click on your device manager icon, then open it, you should see a list of all the devices currently connected to your machine. Usually there should be a green bar going up showing you what device is currently listening. If you see this green bar and you can’t see any files for it, then it could be due to the headphones not being detected. This can easily be fixed by running a system software update.
Another reason why you might hear a buzzing in your headphones is because your computer isn’t properly set up to use the device properly. If you are hearing all sorts of static when using your headphones then you need to make sure that your sound card has the proper drivers for your device. Sometimes your sound card has outdated drivers, and the only way to get the latest drivers is to download driver updates directly through Windows. You can do this by going to Start > Control Panel > Driver Updates and you will see a section for “System and Graphics Drivers”. This will allow you to select the driver that your audio device uses and get the latest updates directly.
Other reasons why you might hear static in your headphones includes the audio settings being damaged, your volume setting being set incorrectly or your device having problems. If your volume is set too low, then other sounds cannot be heard. If your audio settings are damaged then your device may not output sound at its best quality. You should always try to play back music through the device in order to test to ensure that everything works fine. If your device still cannot be used then you need to ensure that the manufacturer’s warranty is still in effect and try to find out the cause of the issue.