Have you tried widening the track size?
Just hover over the seams between the track headers in Expert view, then click and drag. (I'm assuming you're using version 11, since you don't say.)
I'm using Version 10, and I think I am in expert view. the green band for the audio track is extremely wide (I widened it thinking that the waveform amplitude would grow) but the audio waveform itself is a solid horizontal line about the width of a sharpened #2 pencil. I tried something called "scale to frame size" which appears to do nothing.
I appreciate your attempt to help, but the solution to my problem remains to elusive.
The "Expert view" is a part of the new interface of Premiere Elements 11. In your version 10, you have the Timeline and the Sceneline view choices.
For now, I will assume that you are in the Timeline view where you utilize video and audio tracks and not a Filmstrip with scene slots.
I suspect that you may be after the following. Let us see.
To the right of where it shows the name "Audio 1" is a microphone icon. That represents the "Audio Display Style". There are two Audio Display Styles and you can select one or the other by toggling that microphone icon.
a. In one instance, you will see the wave form plus a horizontal orange line which is typically the Volume Rubberband for Volume adjust. This Display Style has a light green background.
b. In the other case, you will see a dark horizontal line, no wave form. That dark line is on a light green background.
I suspect you are at "b". Are you aware that "a" exists.
If you want a really blown up version of "a" to look at, you could separate the audio from the video, double click the audio to open the Preview Windows, and then scale up the Preview Window.
We will be watching for your follow up to see if we are getting in sync.
Your response seemed so promising until I returned to PE 10 and discovered that there is no microphone icon to the right of "Audio 1". However, I wondered if you meant the speaker icon to the left of "Audio 1". In any case, when I hovered over it, it did indicate "audio display style". I clicked it and the solid line disappeared. I clicked it again and the waveforms I was looking for appeared. Eureka! Thank you so much.
.So very glad that suggestion was what you were looking for.
I always call that Audio Display Style icon a microphone, but you are right it does look like a speaker, especially if you compare it to the narration icon. And, I should have said the icon to the left of Audio 1, not right (Sorry about that. I will edit that if I can where I wrote that originally.)
Also be advised that Video also offers Video Track Display Styles. In that case there are 4. You toggle the icon (filmstrip looking to me) to the left of Video 1 (or the appropriate video track). There the horizontal "rubberband" is typically for Opacity adjusts.
Thanks for the follow up with the great news.