Have you ever wondered why, when you are forced to listen to your own voice, you instantly say, “That doesn’t sound like me?” Well, you’re not lying. The truth is, that voice you hear externally doesn’t sound like you, to YOU alone. Unfortunately, it sounds like that to everyone else. So why do we hate the sound of our own voice?
There is, in fact, a scientific reason and it lies in the way your ears register sound.
We all know that our ears are made up of three distinct areas: the outer ear – the part that can be seen, and we decorate with earrings etc, the middle ear, which amplifies and transfers the sound it receives and the inner ear, which transmits the sound directly to the brain.
Dr. Chris Chang explained what happened to NBC.”When [someone] listens to a recording of their voice speaking, the bone-conducted pathway that they consider part of their ‘normal’ voice is eliminated, and they hear only the air conducted component in unfamiliar isolation—what everybody else actually hear.”
So, finally, why do we hate the sound of our own voice? Dr. William Cullinan of Marquette University explains:
“We hate it because it is so foreign. You’ve certainly never heard yourself that way normally —and for good reason—you can’t avoid producing both internal and external stimuli prior to hearing your own voice. The irony is you are the only person who ‘hears’ yourself in the way you think everyone else does.”
What we need to find out then, is how to change our voices for ones that we actually like! Surely this must be possible. Hmm, stay tuned!
source: Metro/ Woman’s Day
photo credit: Hiccup Causes