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  • Youve all experienced it, but imagine experiencing it every day.

  • And, like, doing it for a living.

  • I’m talking about the embarrassment of hearing what your voice really sounds like, in a video

  • or some other recording.

  • I listen to myself talk on SciShow and Vlogbrothers all the dang time, so it's something that

  • I've gotten used to, but I remember when I first started doing this, I HATED the sound

  • of my own voice.

  • It sounds like another person to me, and not in a good way. I mean, it’d be great if

  • it turned out that I sounded like Reid Reimers --

  • Reid: Yeaaaahhh!

  • Hank: -- but the fact is, to other people, I’m a little more high-pitched and nasally

  • than I thought I was.

  • But it’s that way for everybody!

  • So why does your voice sound different to you than to everybody else?

  • It all goes back to the way that we learn how to talk -- which is super-complicated

  • -- but it largely involves listening to other people talk, and then mimicking those noises

  • with our mouths.

  • That involves matching what our vocal folds 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 they're INSIDE OF OUR HEAD.

  • When you hear your voice as you talk, youre really hearing a couple of different things

  • at once.

  • Youre hearing the sound that's coming out of your mouth, which is being conducted by

  • air, and then traveling through your auditory canal and your eardrum and then your middle

  • ear and finally your inner ear.

  • But youre also hearing the sound bouncing around inside your own head, which is conducted

  • by your flesh and bones directly to your inner ear.

  • And all that thick, fleshy stuff in your head does a better job of transmitting lower-frequency

  • vibrations than higher tones, so our voices that we hear through our own heads actually

  • 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, it just 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.

  • I hope, though, that you never get tired of the sound of my voice. Cause I could talk

  • to you all day.

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Does My Voice Really Sound Like That?

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    稲葉白兎 posted on 2015/02/01
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