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TV Volume Too Loud – How to fix

As an owner of a television, I know how frustrating it can be when the volume on the TV is too loud. It can be difficult to find the perfect balance between having the sound loud enough to hear but not too loud that it’s uncomfortable to watch.

I recently had this problem and after researching and trying out a few things, I was able to find a solution that worked for me. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing my experience as well as any useful tips and tricks I discovered along the way.

Excessively loud TV volume can damage your hearing, particularly over an extended period. Your TV volume may be too loud for various reasons: your remote may be malfunctioning, or the cable box or TV may cause this issue – in which case resetting them or adding a sound bar may be the solution. 

Constant exposure to excessively loud noises is unpleasant and highly detrimental to your hearing in the long run. It is thus imperative for you to find a way to decrease your TV volume if you have this issue. Read on to discover more about the risks, causes, and solutions to your excessive TV volume problem. 

Problem SourceDescription
Remote ControlThe issue may lie with your remote control. Try changing the volume manually on the TV or replacing the remote control’s batteries. If the problem persists, consider having the remote assessed by an expert or purchasing a new one.
Cable BoxIf your TV is connected to a cable box, check the volume on the cable box. Adjust the sound output on the cable box to allow for better control over your TV’s volume.
TV Settings or Software IssueIf neither the remote nor the cable box is the issue, consider performing a factory reset on your TV to restore the original settings. This may solve any software or setting issues that could be causing the problem.
External Speakers or Sound BarsIf all else fails, mute your TV’s internal speakers and connect a sound bar or external speaker. This will allow you to control the sound output using the external device, bypassing any issues with your TV’s volume settings.
Risks of Excessive TV VolumeProlonged exposure to excessively loud TV volume can cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), leading to muffled or distorted sounds. Be mindful of physical discomfort, ringing ears, or needing to raise your voice to be heard over the TV, as these are signs that the volume is too loud and potentially damaging to your hearing.
Identifying If TV Volume Is Too LoudSigns that your TV volume may be too loud include physical discomfort, ringing in your ears after the sound has been turned off, and having to raise your voice to be heard over the TV. If you experience any of these signs, consider addressing the issue immediately to prevent potential damage to your hearing.

Why Is Your TV Volume Too Loud At The Lowest Setting?

There is something uniquely frustrating about having your TV set to the lowest volume and still feeling like your eardrums are taking damage, no matter how much you try to change it. 

There are several things to check when determining the source of these issues, and the causes determine how to solve them.

Is Your Volume Issue Caused By Your TV Or Your Remote?

This problem could result from either an issue with your TV itself or a miscommunication between your TV and its remote. 

The first thing that you need to determine is whether the issue with the TV volume is caused by an inability of the TV to receive the commands to lower the volume from the remote. Or, alternately, whether the issue lies within the TV’s volume control or settings. 

An easy way to check whether the problem is the remote is to try and change the volume manually using the TV’s controls. 

What To Do If Your Remote Causes Your Volume To Be Too Loud

If changing the volume manually on your TV is successful, the issue likely lies with your remote rather than the TV itself. 

If this is the case, the first solution to try is simply changing the batteries in your remote, as dead or low-charge batteries may interfere with the communication between your remote and TV and thus prevent the volume from being lowered, even when you try to turn it down. 

If changing your batteries fails, we recommend taking your remote to a local expert to be assessed for hardware issues (which may be caused by damage or dampness) or simply buying a new remote, which is relatively inexpensive. 

Is Your TV Producing Too Loud A Volume? 

If alternately, you cannot change the volume even when using the TV’s volume controls, this rules out the possibility that your remote is causing your volume issues. In this case, it is time to turn your attention toward your TV. 

Several reasons could explain why your TV volume is too loud, even on its softest setting. We will discuss possible solutions for each of these potential causes below. 

Is Your Cable Box Causing Your TV Volume To Be Too Loud?

If your TV is hooked up through a cable box, you should check the volume on this. If the volume is on full on the cable box, the TV’s volume will be affected too, and it will be tough to turn the volume down on your TV. 

If you believe this is the problem, you can adjust the sound output on the cable box by lowering the volume. Doing this will allow you to moderate the TV’s sound to within an acceptable range. 

What To Do If Your TV Volume Is Too Loud?

If none of the above solutions are working, there are a few more tips that you could try as a last resort. 

If you can’t find the cause of the problem, it may be a software or setting issue in the TV settings. If you suspect that your volume issue is caused by your TV’s settings, you can try doing a ‘factory reset’ on your TV, which should be possible either manually or using the remote. 

Alternately (or if you are still out of luck) and do not have a faulty cable box, a simple solution could be muting your TV’s internal speakers and connecting a sound bar or a speaker (an old computer speaker will work) to your TV. 

Connecting external speakers will allow you to control the sound output by adjusting the volume on the sound bar rather than on the TV and will thus allow you to moderate the volume even if the TV’s output is too loud. 

Try a soft reset

A soft reset, is where you turn off the TV and unplug it from the wall outlet. You then usually have to wait for 60 seconds then you can put the plug back in and turn the TV on again. Performing a soft reset clears a device’s internal memory of running programs, which often clears up any technical glitches.

Try a hard reset

A hard reset involves completely resetting the TV to its factory defaults. Most TV models have specific instructions. However, if you have a Samsung TV here are the steps to follow:

To perform a factory reset:

  1. Head to Settings > General.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. Enter your PIN > then select Reset.

Note: If you didn’t change your PIN initially the code is 0000

What Are The Risks Of Your TV Volume Being Too Loud? 

Loud sounds are all detrimental for your hearing, and the louder the volume, the worse it is for your ears, and the faster the sound will damage your ears. Excessively loud TV volume, especially exposure over an extended period, can thus result in noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). 

Hearing damage like NIHL can lead to the sounds around you becoming muffled or distorted, which is a massive hindrance to your daily life. For this reason, if you are worried that your TV volume is too loud, you must act fast to moderate the volume. 

How Do You Tell If Your TV Volume Is Too Loud?

If you are wondering whether your TV volume is too loud or whether it is within a healthy range, here are a few signs to look out for:

  • Physical discomfort. If your TV volume is hurting your ears, this is a sure sign the volume is too loud.
  • It leaves your ears ringing. If you find that your ears are buzzing or ringing, even after the sound has been turned off, the volume is too loud for your ears and thus dangerous to your hearing.
  • You find yourself needing to raise your voice. If you find yourself struggling to hear people an arm’s length away talking at a conversational volume or needing to raise your voice to make yourself heard, your TV volume is far too loud. 


A TV with excessively high volume is frustrating and potentially very dangerous for your hearing. There are several reasons why your TV volume may be too loud, even on the lowest setting. If your volume is causing you discomfort, you are advised to investigate and address the cause as soon as possible. 

Your remote may not work correctly, in which case replacing the batteries or remote will solve the problem. Alternately, the issue may be the TV, such as incorrect settings on your cable box, incorrect settings on your TV, or simply bad TV volume. Solutions include resetting your cable box or TV or installing an external speaker to adjust the volume. Lastly, when in doubt, ask a professional

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