Your problem may be more serious than simply placing the icon back on the system tray, but in Windows 98, in the Control Panel, double click the "Multimedia" icon, (I think). Under the "Sounds" tab, there should be a box to CHECK which will place the icon back in the System Tray.
If that doesn't get it done, I would remove the sound card from the Device Manager, restart the computer and have Windows "re-recognize" the card and reinstall the software. (Restart the computer into "Safe Mode", then RIGHT click on "My Computer", choose "Properties", then click on the "Device Manager" tab. When that loads, click on the + sign next to "Sound, Video, and Game Controllers" and you specific sound card should be displayed. Click once on the specific sound card device to highlight it, then click on the "Remove" button. (If there are duplicates of the card listed, remove them all)
Now turn off the computer, but before restarting, take the case cover of the machine and unseat, then reseat the card. This should help if there are any bad connections. After putting the cover back on, restart the machine and Windows should recognize the sound card, reinstall the sound drivers, and hopefully things work correctly now.
It would also help us to know the specific sound card you are using. After doing the reinstall, it would be best to visit the card manufacturer's website and update to the newest drivers.
Hope this helps.
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