Volume is always maxed at login/startup

Whenever I log out/log back in, or restart/boot my system from being powered off, when the desktop appears, my volume is always maxxed.
It’s only been like that for maybe a month now. I’m not sure what changed at that time. It happens whether I’m using xorg or wayland.
Not sure what the deal is. Not even sure where to start looking for answers, as related search terms lead to everything but the problem I’m having.
I’m sorry, but I don’t even know what information to post with this. I’d almost prefer the sound just didn’t work - that’s a problem I can deal with.
Any ideas?

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