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Why Does My Voice Sound Different When I Hear Myself Speak Than When I Am On A Recording?

Asked by desiree333 (3190 points ) January 24th, 2009

I hate the way I sound on recordings.

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asmonet's avatar

It has to do with your voice resonating on your jawbone and all the other squishy bits. And the fact that the sound is produced inside you instead of coming from an external source. It changes the way you hear it.

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syz's avatar

From here :

The vibrations produced by our larynx are transmitted to our ears through both the air and our head. We ‘hear’ our voices through the air and through our body. A recording of a person’s voice captures only the information transmitted through the air. When played back, we hear only the portion of the sound that was transmitted through the air, without any of the colourations produced when it travels through our body. If you plug your ears very soundly and speak, you will ‘hear’ everything you say, but your voice will sound very different than with your ears open.

steve6's avatar

everyone sounds different to themselves

steelmarket's avatar

Think of it as having a subwoofer in your head.
very scientific

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