Audio problems can be distracting when interacting online and make communicating more difficult. If you’re experiencing voice echoing there are a number of steps you can take to get rid of the problem.

First, it’s necessary to identify exactly what is causing the problem. Two types of voice echoing are echo and reverb:

  • Echo – when the sound from the speaker comes back into the microphone. This may be due to the microphone and speaker being placed too closely together. Echo problems can be solved by upgrading the hardware or simply moving the microphone further away; and,
  • Voice reverb – when your voice comes out of the speaker, bounces around the room, and then comes back into the microphone – making you sound as if you’re speaking from the bottom of a well. It’s often due to being in a room with lots of hard surfaces, so the easiest solution is to install anything that will absorb the sound – such as carpeting, drapes, etc.

In both cases, wearing headphones can also eliminate echoing as they rarely pick up the sound from the speaker. Headphones are particularly important to use if someone is using a speakerphone.

If you are experiencing echoing when interacting virtually with a large group, it may be necessary to run a quick test to identify the source. As a conference moderator, you can have all active participants who are not hearing the echo mute themselves, then return and speak one by one. You should be able to identify who is echoing and have them take steps to solve the problem.