SOLVED! Sound Only Coming Out Of One Headphone Windows 10

Nowadays, when it comes to accessories for computers, nine of every ten people consider headphones to be indispensable. From making video calls to listening to music, headphones play a key role in multiple things. Because of that, it’s natural for people to get annoyed when their headphones act up out of the blue. Read to the end if you notice sound only coming out of one headphone Windows 10

An Analysis Of The Sound Issue: Possibilities

Default PC Audio Settings

Have you checked the default audio settings of your system? If you have chosen the mono option in audio properties, the sound would only come out of one side of your headphones. 

Fault In Headphone Jack

If you are using your headphones after a long time, you should clean the headphone jack on occasion. Dirty jacks will lead to loose connections which interfere with the transfer of audio signals. 

Damaged Wires

A very common yet neglected cause of headphones issues is damaged wires. Check the cable for any possible cuts or frayed wires that affect the link to the computer.

System Issue

Inspect if there are any pending updates. Are you using an updated audio driver? Or are you facing the issue post any recent updates? There could be an error in the updating or the new drivers are not compatible. In that case, you may have to retract the recent updates and return to the previous ones (rollback).

Outdated Audio Card Driver

A sound card driver is an important element that connects hardware and software including the audio output/input. A fault driver may not be able to send data to both sides of your headphones, resulting in sound from just one side.

Compatibility Issue

Check whether the headphones work properly on another system. If it does, maybe it is not compatible with your PC. You may have to switch between the inputs to see if your headphones work.

Audio Enhancements

If you changed any audio enhancement settings on the PC for a better sound experience, try disabling them.

How To Fix Sound Only Coming Out Of One Headphone?

Change Sound Balance Settings

  • Step 1: Type Control Panel in the Start Menu, hit Enter, and pick Hardware and Sound
  • Step 2: Select Manage audio devices and navigate to the Playback tab
  • Step 3: Select the device you are using and go to Properties
  • Step 4: Go to Levels and click Balance
  • Step 5: You will see two sliders for the left and right headset. If one of them is set to zero, increase it to match the other’s level

Clean The Headphone Port

If you can see dust/lint being accumulated in the headphones port, clean it with a soft material. First, see if blowing some air does the trick. If not, you can resort to a tape over the paperclip and insert it lightly or a cotton swab.

Check Sampling Rate

  • Step 1: Press the Windows + R to open Run 
  • Step 2: Type mmsys.cpl and hit Enter 
  • Step 3: In the Playback tab, double-click your sound device
  • Step 4: Go to the Advanced tab and click Default format. It will expand into a dropdown. Select the highest sample rate and Click OK

Update Audio Card Driver 

  • Step 1: Type Device Manager in the Search bar, hit Enter, and go to Sound, Video, and Game Controllers
  • Step 2: Update the audio card drivers by right-clicking the audio card and selecting Update driver
  • Step 3: Select ‘Search automatically for updated driver software
  • Step 4: Allow the update to go all the way and see if the issue is resolved

Disable Audio Enhancements

  • Step 1: Press Windows + R to open Run 
  • Step 2: Type mmsys.cpl and hit Enter
  • Step 3: In the Headset Earphone Properties, go to the Playback tab and double-click the sound device that is plugged in.
  • Step 4: Go to the Enhancements tab then uncheck the checkboxes to disable all enhancements.
  • Step 5: Click OK then determine whether the issue persists 

Run Audio Troubleshooter

If none of the above solutions help, resort to the Windows Audio troubleshooter.

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I together and open Settings
  • Step 2: Go to the Update & Security section, select Troubleshoot and Choose Additional troubleshooters
  • Step 3:Pick Playing audio then hit Run the troubleshooter
  • Step 4: If the troubleshooter detects issues, continue with the onscreen instructions to solve them

Change The Headphones 

If nothing else works, you should consider replacing the headphones you’ve been using. But try using them on multiple devices, and if they don’t work on any, you have the answer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Between wired and wireless, which type of headphones work best?

It depends on the way you use your headphones. Although wired headphones are known to have superior audio quality, several wireless headphones have fantastic audio performance.

How come Windows cannot detect my headphones?

Computer not recognizing headphones is a very common issue in Windows PCs. It is mostly caused due to corrupted drivers, faulty USB ports, or loose wiring. There could be a problem with the connection itself.

What must be done to disable headphones on my PC?

  • Step 1: Open the Start menu then hit the gear icon to open the Settings 
  • Step 2: In the Settings window, click System.
  • Step 3: Navigate to the Sound tab and you will see the output device. Look for your headphones from the list, right-click it and choose Properties. You will see the Disable option so use it.  

Tips And Tricks

  • Try rolling back the latest Windows update or uninstall the latest audio drivers if you notice audio issues 
  • You can utilize the mono audio feature to ensure just one side of the headphones is playing the sound
  • You can take advantage of third-party sound equalizer apps to enhance the audio quality of your headphones

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