jwerner said: Why does my voice sound so different (and more embarasing) when I listen to a recording of it, while my friends think it does, in fact, sound like me (and vice-versa)?
I listen to myself talk on SciShow and Vlogbrothers all the dang time, so it’s something I’ve gotten used to, but I remember when I first started doing this I HATED the sound of my voice. The way that we learn how to talk is super complicated, but largely involves us listening to other people talk, and then mimicking those noises with our mouths. That involves matching what our vocal chords and mouths are doing with what our ears are hearing. However, we hear our own voices very differently than we hear other people’s voices simply because it’s INSIDE OF OUR HEAD.When you hear your voice as you talk, you hear the sound that’s travelling out of your mouth…sound conducted by air, but also the sound bouncing around in your head…conducted by your flesh and bones. All that thicker fleshy stuff does a better job of transmitting lower tones than higher tones, so our voices in our heads actually tend to sound deeper and more resonant. But the big difference is simply that, when you hear it recorded, you’re not hearing your voice as you’ve heard it your whole life…you’re hearing it as other people hear it. This doesn’t mean that it’s worse, just that it feels really odd to hear your voice without all of the components you’re used to, and that can be unsettling since, y’know, you’ve been listening to yourself talk for, I presume, a pretty long time.-Hank