“Flash the screen when an alert sound occurs” disabled but my screen still flashes!

I’m not sure when it started but I recently noticed that my screen was flashing all of the time when I was using the terminal instead of sounding a tone like it should. I dug around in Terminal’s preferences and in Universal Access but everything seemed to be in order.

A couple of Google searches later and I came across a post from Erik Phansen that solved my problem. It boils down to running one command in the terminal:

sudo killall coreaudiod


Note that I had some strange feedback echoes after killing coreaudiod that I fixed by alternating between starting iTunes and playing some music and killing coreaudiod. Unfortunately I can’t say what combination stopped the echoes.