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.