Headphone mic not registering anymore

May 2, 2018
Recently I have attempted to reduce crackling and popping of my laptop speakers so I uninstalled and reinstalled my audio drivers as suggested but now my laptop doesn’t register that my headphones have a mic and only uses the laptop mic. The audio still plays through the headphones and when I go to my recording devices, my headphones don’t appear even when I show hidden and disabled devices. I have tried to update the drivers and I also don’t have the Realtek HD Audio manager to auto prompt me to register my headphones as a mic. I have tried most of everything online I have found and nothing yet seems to work. My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 7000 gaming and just 2 days ago my headphones worked fine before I tried fixing the speakers. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!