Why Do Most People Hate the Sound of Their Own Voice?

This has probably happened to you. A recording is made of you speaking. When it’s played back you say “Do I really sound like that? I sound awful!” Fear not. This is a very, very common reaction.

But why do we have that reaction at all?  The Independent takes a look.

Your voice as you hear it when you speak out loud is very different from the voice the rest of the world perceives. That’s because it comes to you via a different channel than everyone else.

When sound waves from the outside world — someone else’s voice, for example — hit the outer ear, they’re siphoned straight through the ear canal to hit the ear drum, creating vibrations that the brain will translate into sound.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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