Meryl Ayers, writing for Wistia, discusses the fundamental differences between how our voice sounds to us in our own body, and how it sounds when we hear it played back on a recording. The reality is, it’s the same voice, but it may sound strange or different to us on the playback, because the voice we hear when we speak in our own body has a higher level of bass because of bone conduction, which is missing from any recordings we hear of our own voice. She presents this information to people who work in recording situations in particular (web videos, podcasts, etc.), and explains that while it may sound strange to hear ourselves on a recording, a big reason for that is because our brain is treating it as a new, unfamiliar sound, and the best way to get used to it, is to practice, and listen to the recordings of ourselves multiple times, until the sound feels natural.
- Sound comes into your ear trench, vibrates your tympanic layer, which thus moves the littlest bones in your body—the malleus, incus, and stapes.
- These cells change over this development into electrical movement, which your mind sees as various sounds—yelping, giggling, beeping, giraffe welcome.
- When you’re talking, you hear a portion of the sounds a similar way. Your voice leaves your mouth, goes round to your ear, and down your ear channel.
“Instead, our brains perceive our recorded voices differently, and for us folks who aren’t accustomed to hearing ourselves in videos, it’s easy to believe we’d be better off behind the camera than in front of it.”