NVDA not coming through Bluetooth devices

Sharni-Lee Ward

So I got a bluetooth speaker for my birthday, and bluetooth headphones for Christmas. I've gotten the hang of using my speaker, but after the last major Windows Update, NVDA's speech stopped coming through the speaker when it was active. It comes through the computer's speakers instead. I don't really mind this with the speaker, as I use it primarily to listen to music out loud and with NVDA coming through the computer speakers, it doesn't disrupt the enjoyment of my music nearly as much as it can when I'm using normal headphones. However, when I test the Bluetooth headset I got for Christmas, I'll need to either figure out how to get NVDA to transmit through them while they're active, or be ready for a future event where an update may alter the relevant settings. I'm told there are scenarios where you have to change which soundcard NVDA is on, but I don't want to be unable to use NVDA when I power off my headphones.

Could someone explain this process to me? I'm sure someone here has had experience with this kind of issue before.



            What follows applies to Bluetooth sound devices generally with Windows 10.  Most often, when you pair and connect a Bluetooth device, Windows then recognizes both its own internal sound card as well as the Bluetooth device, with sound being directed as it had been initially (which is usually to the computer's speakers or a plugged in wired headset).

             If you use Windows Key+B to throw focus to the System Tray, then arrow over to your volume settings, when more than one sound device is active there will be a choice of sound devices, and switching from the built-in Speaker/Headphone option to whatever your Bluetooth device is shifts audio output to that device in many instances (there are times this doesn't work, but it's what I'd try first).  Once the Bluetooth device is selected, the volume slider applies to it.  A word of warning if you are using earbuds or a headset, and have no idea what the computer volume setting is for that Bluetooth device, it's better to keep them somewhere other than right in/on top of your ears when doing the initial switch over.  I have been absolutely blasted on a couple of occasions because my laptop speakers are crap, and need to be turned way up, while the Bluetooth devices are not, and an equal volume used with them is deafeningly loud.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 20H2, Build 19042  

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