edited: fixed by unplugging then replugging the link box. thanks for replies!
I restarted steamvr a few times, the mic is now always on, very distracting! Worse, the audio of games has been reduced, so I mainly hear my stupid breathing and the small movements of the helmet adjusting… How to turn it off? I disabled the camera in steam vr, but don’t see any options for mic. At any rate, I don’t want it completely turned off, since I do play some multiplayer- i just want it to function the way it did 10 minutes ago before I accidentally hit some combination of vive controllers….