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How to Fix Buzzing Noises on Earphones (STEPS)

Why are my earphones making a weird noise?

The main reason why your earphones are making a weird buzzing noise is because of a poor blueooth connection or a build-up of dust and earwax inside the earphones. Moisture and dirt inside the headphone jack can also create unwanted noises.


Why are my wireless earbuds making a buzzing noise?

The main reason for wireless earbuds to start making buzzing noises is because of too many devices in your vicinity, which creates electrical interference. The buzzing noise could also be the result of a faulty audio driver, outdated firmware, or wrong audio settings.


  • Electrical interference due to too many nearby devicesFaulty audio driver
  • Outdated firmware
  • Wrong configuration of audio settings


Interference from various devices in your surroundings

Your wireless earbuds make you vulnerable to buzzing noises caused by the frequency interference from other devices around the earbuds.


Faulty audio driver

If your earbuds are damaged or faulty, you will likely hear a buzzing noise. In some cases, the audio driver of the earbuds has a fault or is missing, which can also cause a buzzing noise.


Outdated firmware

If the firmware (the software program of instructions programmed on a hardware device) is outdated, you will experience a buzzing noise in your wireless earbuds.


Wrong configuration of audio settings on your computer

Incorrect configuration audio settings in your computer cause a buzzing noise in your wireless earbuds.


How to fix buzzing noise on earphones

You can fix the buzzing noise on earphones by troubleshooting the hardware problem, switching OFF electronic devices close to you, or configuring the audio settings. 


The following steps will help resolve the buzzing noise


  • Troubleshooting the hardware problem
  1. Check for loose connections or loose cables, which may cause a poor connection, and tighten them.
  2. Clean the dust or debris on the earbuds with a fine brush.
  3. Ensure that your earphones are sufficiently charged. A low power supply could also be the culprit. 
  4. Connect your earphones to another computer. If you still hear the buzzing, it’s a sign of your earphones being faulty and have to be replaced.


  • Switch OFF all other electronic devices in your vicinity

The electric frequencies of sounds made by other electronic devices lying close to you cause interference due to an overlap of frequencies. 


  1. Switch OFF all the devices.
  2. Unplug the devices from their connectivity ports. 
  3. Switch ON each device in a sequence. When you hear a buzzing sound as soon as a particular device is plugged in, disconnect that device.


  • Configuring the audio settings
  1. In the search bar on your computer, type audio settings.
  2. Adjust the mic settings and the headphone volume.


  • Update the audio driver
  1. Update the audio driver manually from the official website of the manufacturing brand.
  2. Download the free version of Driver Easy. This recognizes your computer system well and finds the correct drivers for it.
  3. Click the Update button, which appears next to the flagged audio device, to download the latest version and then restart your machine.


How to fix static noise on earphones

You can fix static noise on earphones by cleaning the dirt within the auxiliary port, updating software and apps, or replacing the corrupt audio drivers.

The following solutions help to resolve the static noise on earphones


Clean the dirt inside the auxiliary port 

The auxiliary port accumulates dirt and even gets oxidized. Clean the port with either compressed air or a fine brush until you remove the last trace of dirt to stop the static sound.


Update software and apps

  1. Check the software on your earphones and your device.
  2. If you are using an app like Spotify, ensure the app is also functioning on the latest version.


Corrupt audio drivers 

You can replace the corrupt audio drivers. You can also try to reinstall or reverse the update of audio drivers.

  1. On your computer, right-click on the Sound icon in the system tray.
  2. ClickOpen Mixer volume and click on the small speaker icon.
  3. Under Controller information click on Properties.
  4. Click on the Change settings button with a blue-yellow shield icon. You will require administrator access.
  5. In the Driver tab, click on Roll Back Driver. If you face an issue, uninstall the driver and allow the computer to reinstall the drivers again.


earphones making buzzing noise


How to fix clicking noise on earphones

You can fix the clicking noise on earphones by reinstalling the faulty drivers, cleaning a dirty audio jack, or turning OFF a malfunctioning Bluetooth connection.


Reinstalling faulty audio drivers

If your earphones are functioning 24×7, the audio drivers are likely to get impacted. Uninstall the faulty drivers and do a fresh download and installation.

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager. From the results that appear on the screen, select Device Manager.
  2. Select the arrow next to Sound, video, and game controllers.
  3. Right-click the listing for your audio device, e.g., speakers/headphones.
  4. Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
  5. If Windows cannot find a new driver, you can download a new one from the manufacturer’s official site.


Cleaning a dirty audio jack

  1. Take a cotton swab and fix it firmly on a small match stick. Dip only the tip of the cotton swab in Isopropyl alcohol. Insert the swab into the jack and clean it gently.
  2. 0Remove it and then repeat the process with a dry cotton swab to remove all moisture from the jack.


Malfunctioning Bluetooth connection

  1. Check the number of neighboring home appliances.
  2. Switch OFF all close-by devices because the bandwidths tend to overlap, causing a static noise in the Bluetooth streaming.


How to fix crackling Noise on earphones

You can fix earphone crackling noise by adjusting an incorrect sound equalizer (EQ), updating the audio drives, fixing broken wires, or rectifying auxiliary port issues.

The following steps can prevent the occurrence of a crackling noise on earphones


Adjusting an incorrect sound equalizer (EQ)

If you have set the EQ settings as per your preferences, you are bound to hear crackling noises, especially if it’s loud bass or treble.

  1. Reset the EQ settings by lowering the volume.
  2. Check the sound in your earphones.
  3. Maintain the same setting to prevent the crackling sound from occurring again.


Update the audio drivers

  1. On your Windows desktop, right-click on This PC and navigate to Manage.
  2. Select Device Manager from the left sidebar.
  3. Select your sound card. Right-click on it and navigate to Properties.
  4. Navigate to the Driver tab and click on Update driver.
  5. Click on Search automatically for drivers.


Fixing broken wires

The slightest damage to the earphones can cause a crackling audio noise. This can also lead to a short circuit.

  1. Plug your earphones into your machine and play some audio.
  2. Use a plastic or rubber covering to protect the earphone cables.
  3. Replace broken wires due to rough handling of the earbuds. 
  4. Use electrical tape to tighten a loosened wire.


In some cases, you have to replace the earbuds entirely.


Rectify auxiliary port issues

  1. Check each auxiliary port. If you find a port that is dust-laden, clean it using a cotton swab with a tip that is soaked in alcohol. 
  2. You can also fix the cotton swab onto a very fine aluminum rod or very thin stick and insert the cotton swab into the port to clean it.
  3. Repeat the process with the help of a dry cotton swab.


How to fix high pitched noise on earphones

You can fix the high-pitched noise on earphones by configuring the audio settings in your computer, updating the malfunctioning audio drivers, adjusting the volume settings, or checking for electromagnetic interference.

Simple solutions to resolving the high-pitched noise on earphones


Configuring the audio settings in your computer

  1. Type Audio settings in the search bar on your PC.
  2. Change the mic settings.
  3. Adjust the headphone volume.


Malfunctioning of audio drivers

  1. Click the Start button on your computer. 
  2. Open the Run window. 
  3. Type Device manager in the Open window.
  4. Right-click on the audio driver which you wish to update.
  5. Select Update driver.
  6. Select Search automatically for drivers.


Very high volume settings

  1. Right-click on the sound icon, which is visible on the lower right-hand side of the taskbar on your computer.
  2. Click Open Volume mixer.
  3. Adjust the audio output and the headphone volume for your applications with the different sliders shown.


Check for electromagnetic interference

The bandwidth frequencies of electronic devices close to you overlap with that of your device, causing the high-pitched noise.

  1. View your surroundings to understand which electronic devices are active.
  2. Unplug a few of them.
  3. Check if the high-pitched sounds have vanished.
  4. If not, unplug all of them.


Why is my left earbud making buzzing noise?

Your left earbud is buzzing due to a blocked headphone jack, incorrect device audio settings, an entangled earphone cord, or damaged wires.


Let’s see how you can resolve these issues


  • Blocked headphone jack

The headphone jack often gets blocked because of debris accumulation.

  1. Take a can of compressed air and point it towards the nozzle of the port.
  2. Do about four sprays to blow the debris away.
  3. Take a cotton swab. 
  4. Insert it into the jack and spin it gently to remove the dirt.


  • Incorrect device audio settings

You have first to check if only the Mono option is active.

  1. Go to sound or audio settings on your computer.
  2. Ensure your earbuds are connected to the device. 
  3. Play an audio file. The volume bar appears on the side of your screen.
  4. Tap the three vertical dots at the base of the bar.
  5. Select Levels and then select Balance.
  6. As you listen to the music, make adjustments to modify the balance.
  7. Balance the voice levels on both sides.


  • Entangled earphone cord

If you have always been tying up the earphone cords to keep them safe or fit into your bag pocket, the earbuds tend to get affected.

  1. Connect your earphones to your device and play your audio.
  2. As you listen to your audio, straighten the entire length of the cord gently.
  3. Closely observe the spot where the earbuds stop functioning. The tying up of the cord may have weakened a particular spot.
  4. Wrap a paper tape around that spot to enable it to stay straight.


  • Damaged wires

Check the left earbud for any internal damage. You must understand whether it’s a component or a bent wire.


You may seek technical assistance to resolve it if it is internal damage. If it is a cord issue, you can fix it by wrapping paper tape around the weakened area.


How do I fix the buzzing noise on my Bluetooth headphones?

The buzzing noise on your Bluetooth headphones can be fixed by pairing the Bluetooth device correctly, troubleshooting the hardware problem, updating your audio driver, or switching OFF other electronic devices.

The following instructions will help you resolve the above bugs


Pairing the Bluetooth device properly

  1. Enable Bluetooth in the System Preferences.
  2. Click on Preferences.
  3. Click the “ “ sign at the bottom of the device list to start the Bluetooth setup assistant.
  4. Turn ON the headset.
  5. Use the manufacturer’s instruction to make it available by clicking on the Connect button or pressing the reset button
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions displayed.
  7. Pair the device with the computer.


Troubleshooting the hardware problem

  1. Look for loose wire connections in the earbuds and tighten them. 
  2. Take a toothbrush with soft bristles and gently brush away any debris from both the connections; between the device and your Bluetooth headphones. This will remove the dust or other foreign particles that may have blocked the connection between the devices.
  3. Ensure your headphones are sufficiently charged.
  4. Switch OFF your computer and restart it again. 
  5. Test your headphones on another device. If the noise persists, your headphones are faulty.


Updating your audio driver

  1. Update your audio drivers manually by following the instructions on the manufacturer’s website.
  2. Download a driver-updating application. This will scan your device for requisite drivers, redirect you to the manufacturer’s website, and automatically download all updates.


Switching OFF other electronic devices

  1. Turn OFF all electronic devices, which are nearby. If required, you can unplug all the above electronic devices.
  2. Switch ON your headphones. If the buzzing sound has stopped, one of the devices in the room has caused the issue.
  3. Turn ON each electronic device close to you one by one.
  4. Whenever you hear a buzzing noise while plugging in a device, you will have to turn it OFF or disconnect it.


Replace your headphones

If, after troubleshooting, your Bluetooth headphones still create a buzzing sound, you will have to replace them. Replacing the headphones is the last resort in case of a stubborn buzzing sound. If they are under warranty, the manufacturer will replace them at no extra cost.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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