Default [Q] Galaxy Note 2's Audio is buggy & I can't exit Safe Mode!

I'm going to cut to the chase on this one:

I've been on 4.3 Stock since November, lost root after upgrading, I have Knox etc etc and just up until the 23rd have had no issues. But out of the blue 2 issues emerge, 1 being my phone is Stuck in Safe mode and no matter what I do(hard reset. etc) it stays like that and 2 My phone randomly turns the volume down. Sometimes it works but lately it has seemed to have gotten worse. This is annoying because I cant listen to music and cant rely on my phone to stay on loud anymore when needed. Anyone have any similar issues or solutions. I mean I can still use my phone to do stuff but have to use the browser since safe mode blocks many of the apps I use