Why you hate hearing your voice from a record.
Before I Start, I would like you all to know that not liking your own Voice is totally normal. Yes, you heard me right, it is normal.
Most times the first thing we say when we first listen to our voice from a recorder, is “is that me talking” or “is that my voice?”
But guess what! That’s you speaking. Did your voice change? The answer is definitely No.
Then what changed in the way your voice sounds over the recording?
The only change that occurred is in the way your ear perceives and receives the sound waves from your voice.
There are two ways in which your ear perceives or receives sounds waves;
First, conduction through air.
Usually, when you hear a sound, it is transmitted from the source of the sound (the recorder or from the mouth of the person speaking) to the external auditory meatus (the ear) through your ear canal to the ear drum to the cochlea which is the organ that transmits the signals to the brain.
Then the brain processes, translates and interprets the sound impulses and then you understand what you heard.
Second, Bone and Tissue conduction.
Another way your ear receives sound waves is when transmitted through the conduction of sound waves through the bone and tissues directly to your cochlea.
The cochlea now sends it to the brain for processing, translation and interpretation.
However, when you are hearing, the sound waves is transmitted to your ear through one this methods.
The sounds are carried and travels into the ear through the air to reach your inner ear.
The tissues and bones in your skull and ear also transports these sound waves directly to your cochlea.
So this is to say that when you speak or hear, the sound you hear must have gotten to you as a result of one this two methods of receiving and translation of sound waves.
When listening to other sounds, the bones and tissues in your skull tend to amplify the sounds to make it sound deeper and full in the ears.
The sound waves vibrations travel through the ear bones, lowering the pitch, this gives you a false sense of deep bass and lower frequency vibrations.
On the contrary, when you’re listening to your recorded voice, the sound waves is only transmitted through the normal air conduction of sound waves method.
The part of sound conduction and transmission through bone and tissue is omitted.
And this causes the sounds you hear to be higher, weaker and thinner from the usual voice you normally hear in your head when you talk.
Here’s the funny thing which I know you may find it hard to believe.
The way you hear your voice over the recording is actually the way your voice is and that’s how every other person hears it.
So the way it sounds raw and awful to you is the way people hear it except you.
So guys, this is the big reason why we hear our voices differently and from a recording.
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Originally posted on 12/01/2021 @ 6:31 PM