Why Does Our Own Recorded Voice Sounds Differently?

Why Does Our Own Recorded Voice Sounds Differently?

Why our own recorded voice is so different and unpleasant for us. Let’s find out together.

Here is the answer why?

Humans hear sounds by vibrations being picked up by their eardrum. The vibrations are sent to three bones in the middle ear and then finally to the cochlea, a snail-shaped organ that is responsible for the vibrations into nerve signals.

People identify external sounds, like a beeping car or a radio, through sound waves passing through the air into human’s ear canals, into the inner ear, and on to the cochlea.

And When the person’s voice is played back to himself\herself via a speaker, he\she is hearing air-conducted vibrations.

It’s a bit different, however, if the sound is coming from human’s own vocal chords. “A lot of what we hear when we speak is perceived in the same way as external noise, but we also pick up on vibrations that have come through our jaw bone and skull. This is known as inertial bone conduction, an effect you can demonstrate if you bang a tuning fork and place the handle against your skull. This also alters the quality of the sound you hear. Bone conduction tends to “bring out” the lower-frequency vibrations, making your voice sound deeper and less squeaky than it actually is. In all likelihood, the fact you don’t like the sound of it is simply because you are not used to it” explains IFLScience.

IFLScience.com suggests to try the effect of yourself; just sticking your fingers in your ears. As you see your voice sounds a bit different and deeper than as usual. Therefore, you hear only the bone-conducted vibrations and block out the air-conducted vibrations.

The most displeasing fact is that; your own recorded voice that you hear is actually how your voice sounds to the 7.6 billion other humans on Earth.

Source: IFLScience.com