Headphones are widely used nowadays. They offer quality sound and help us listen to music or any other audio without disturbance and distraction from external sources.
On the other hand, people around us also don’t feel disturbed, so they are ideal in office and other crowded settings.
However, like any other gadget, your headphones might also end up troubling you with static noise and other issues after long-time use.
This may distract you from your work and annoy you. In this article, we will have a look at how to get rid of static noises in your headphones.
This problem can be solved with a few checks and steps that will make your headphones fully functional again, and you’ll be good to use them in no time.
All of these steps are easy to follow and implement.
1 – Checking the Wires
Often, there is corrosion in wires due to which static is heard. So check your wires on your PC or laptop and tighten them immediately.
You can also unplug the headphones, blow on it to remove any kinds of dust particles and then plug it back in. I do this sometimes, and it seems to work for me well.
2- Substituting Jack
Some PC’ s/Laptops have two audio jacks that you can use. For a temporary solution, switch from the one you’re already using to the other audio jack to reduce the static noise.
If the static still occurs, then my advice would be to go to the electronic retail store to get it checked up
3 – Upgrade your headphones
Periodically update your headphones. This is recommended by most techies. Upgrading your headphones is a good way to avoid the static and will help you listen to old recordings in clean audio as well.
Upgraded headphones will not only help you listen better but will work for a longer time too. Headphones continue to come out with more advanced features that you will surely like an upgrade!
4 – Clean your audio jacks
Before you decide to go to an electronics shop, try cleaning the audio jacks with Isopropyl alcohol. Sometimes this works like magic and gets rid of the static in your headphones.
Repeat the cleaning process until the swab appears clean. However, ensure that you shut off your PC/Laptop and pull out the cables before you begin the cleaning procedure.
5 – Swap Speakers
Sometimes, you might plug into a speaker to listen to music or other audio.
These speakers have built-in headphone jacks so if you have static in the speakers; then you will have it in your headphones too, so it’s recommended that you switch or plug directly into your main source.
The static could also be due to hardware interference. If there are mobile phones, printers or other devices stationed near the speakers, they could produce static.
Please move them away from your speakers so the static stops, which in turn will eliminate static from your headphones.
1 – Solder the Input Jack Tips (PC)
There is a rather simplified method that you can implement if you want to get rid of static in headphones yourself.
Step 1 – Remove all cables from your PC/Laptop.
Step 2 – Remove side panel case (suggested for desktop).
Step 3 – Locate the input jack.
Step 4 – Solder the tip.
Step 5 – Twist it until it becomes a tiny bead-like ball at the edge.
Step 6 – Repeat the procedure on the other end (make sure the beads are not too close to each other).
Step 7 – Solder-it properly, and you’re done! You get a non-static headphone.
2 – Check the sound card
Make sure that your sound card is in the port. Clean up the accumulated dust around the card and if that doesn’t work either, try changing or installing a new sound card as sometimes a cheap sound card may make your headphones create static.
Note – Also check if your sound card has an update or not. If it does, then updating it might resolve the issue.
Below are the steps to modify the sound card in the PC to get rid of the static noise.
Step 1 – Shut down the PC and remove the power cords.
Step 2 – Remove the screws of the soundcard frame.
Step 3 – Open the motherboard slot and push the card gently.
Step 4 – Recheck if it’s firmly fit.
Step 5 – Close the PC case.
Step 6 – Attach the cables and accessories.
This is a hit-or-miss step. Sometimes it works, other times it just won’t!
3 – Controlling the sound buttons
Ensure that the speaker icon on the Taskbar isn’t on mute. If it is, then change to unmute status. However, if this doesn’t work as well, then read below for the next step.
4 – Modify Audio Settings
Another solution you can try is correcting the playback settings; which if it’s done right may help reduce or even get rid of the static.
Step 1 – Locate the speaker icon on the Taskbar and right-click it
Step 2 – From the list of options, choose PLayback Devices
Step 3 – This will show the Sound Settings dialog box
Step 4 – Locate your headphones in the list of devices and open its properties
Step 5 – Locate its Levels Adjustment settings
Step 6 – Move the slider for that particular setting to Zero
Step 7 – Click Apply.
Step 8 – Next, locate and click on the Enhancements settings
Step 9 – Enable the Disable All Sound Effects checkbox
Step 10 – Click OK repeatedly to exit from all the open dialog boxes.
5 – Windows Trouble-Shooter
If you’re using a Windows 10, just use the troubleshooter to check and fix the static sound.
Step 1 – Go to the control panel and click Troubleshooting.
Step 2 – Click on Hardware and Sound.
Step 3 – Choose the right options for the next page.
Step 4 – Follow on-screen instructions and let the troubleshooter detect your problem.
6 – Update the drivers
An uninstalled or corrupted driver may lead to the static or humming sound in your headphones.
However, this problem is difficult to find, and you may need to update all the drivers for your headphones to function properly. There a couple of ways of doing this.
You can opt to check websites like Microsoft Support or look for third-party support from websites like www.drivereasy.com. Either way, an updated driver will solve the issue mostly.
These are some ways you can get rid of the static noise in headphones. Some of them might work like magic, while others may just be a temporary solution until you upgrade to a new pair of headphones. Do let us know what you think of our guide in the comments section below.