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You have to use your ears to judge whether your audio is clashing or not. One thing you never do is use only your speakers to judge how loud your audio is. You need to look at the audio meters of your NLE or sound editing program.
When you look at your audio meters and turn down the speakers on your volume, you can clearly see that turning down the volume doesn’t affect your audio meters. The audio is still there. That is why you don’t judge how loud your audio is just by listening to it.
I usually adjust my audio so it’s hangin around -12dB and does not peak above -6dB. If you have audio that sounds too soft, but is already at -12dB, use a compressor/limit filter. Actually, you should pretty much always use the compressor/limiter on dialogue. It makes it stand out more