How to increase the volume of the earphone on the PC

I would like to increase the volumn of my earphone when listening to the desktop PC at work.  I am not using the large earphones.  The earphone that I am using is very small and fits in one ear.  I must listen also to the sounds around me and can not eliminate all sound with stereo etc.  If I use the speakers on the desk, I have volume controls and that works well.  However, even turned down low, it is not as private as one earphone.  When I plus it into the earphone slow, I have not volumn control.  The built-in volumn control is truned up to maximun (100%).  All of the other buttons called "Volumn Mixers" are also turned up.

Any assistance will be appreciated.  Thank you.

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sherman6789Asked:
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speed_54Connect With a Mentor Commented:
A simple solution may be to change your desktop speakers to some that feature a headphone socket. That way you have amplification, but plugging on the headphones will cut off the speakers from working
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rindiCommented:
Then you can't increase the volume, except maybe by buying better earphones.
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d0ughb0yPresident / CEOCommented:
And, um, what does this question have to do with Microsoft Excel?
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sherman6789Author Commented:
I am sorry doughboy, I thought that I selected "Other" or "Misc." and I did not realize that I was under the Microsoft area.  My questions are usually on Access databases or Excel Spreadsheets.  This time it was completely misc. and I clicked the wrong area.

WRS
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dbruntonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Possibly something like this http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-Headphone-Amplifier-Micca-Cable/dp/B005JT8OT6/ref=sr_1_15?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1359667609&sr=1-15

Haven't tried it so can't vouch for it.  Note that this is battery powered.
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IrogSintaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Which jack are you plugged into?  Normally, there's a Line Level Out jack and a Headphone jack. The line level out is sometimes not attenuated by the volume control.  Both have different drive levels so you may want to try plugging into the other one to see what results you get.
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nobusCommented:
what oS is this?  W7 ?
if so, open control panel >sounds
select the playback tab then click on the properties tab
pick the Level tab, and check if you can increase the volume


note - don't set it too loud, or your hearing can degrade fast
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BillDLCommented:
What speed_54 describes is the setup I have used for years.  2 small externally powered Labtec speakers on the desk, and one of them has headphone/microphone sockets and the treble/bass, volume control and on/off button.  I have a little Microsoft headset with microphone and its own on/off and volume control on the cable.  The reason I use this setup is that I get maximum cable length to move around because it isn't going down to front or rear panel audio sockets on the PC base unit, and I can just reach the speaker on the desk to pull the headphone plug whenever I want speaker output.  I hardly ever have the cups of the headset covering both my ears because I need to be able to hear things around me.  I just pull the left cup in front of my left ear, which for some reason is the most comfortable, and have the right one covering that ear completely.
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nobusCommented:
how is it going, Sherman?
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sherman6789Author Commented:
Thanks to all.  I have been out ill and I am sorry that it has taken me so long to end this request.  -WRS
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