Audio Input Monitoring Makes It Unable to Record

I would like to hear myself while recording, but when I enable audio input monitoring and then go to press record, nothing happens. A track will pop up like its about to record and then it will not move. So far I have tried ensuring that my devices were enabled and that I could hear audio thorugh them in general and completely uninstalling and reinstalling audacity. I would really appreciate any help. I am running version 3.4.2 and am not pending any updates.

If you like to hear your voice with a delay, you can do this by getting the settings right for “play-through”. The length of the delay depends on your equipment.

If you like to hear your voice while talking without a delay - use equipment which allows you to hear without delay (before it goes into your computer). But you need to use headphones to avoid whistling due to feedback.