I don't know if anyone knows how to fix this, but recently I had to reinstall my copy of windows. After installing the driver for my sound card, suddenly my taskbar disappeared. It seems it is still down there (tweaking the settings sometimes shows a HINT of it that I can right click on), but nothing I do will make it come back to normal.
You guys always have great advice, so I need some recommendations. I work in a call center and we are issued plantronics brand headsets. They're fairly comfortable, it they let a lot of ambient noise through.