Why does our voice sound differently when recorded?

In this article you will learn why people don't like their own voice while others may find it nice.


All of us, probably, heard his/her voice recorded and, no doubt, many felt it was some stranger speaking. To some of us our own voice seems higher or sharper but it's never like what we are used to hear while our conversations. Besides, small children have no idea who is speaking when they hear their own recorded voice.

Let's try to understand why this happens.


Thus, people around us hear our voice through outside sound vibrations, same as we do when we hear our voice recorded.

But it doesn't mean you have an ugly voice. It's just a psychological factor coming into play: we barely recognize our own voice and react in an absolutely natural self-defense manner - we feel embarrassed.

On the contrary, your interlocutors are not surprised at your voice, and may even like it, because it's the same they always hear it.


Do you like to hear your voice recorded? Do other people like your voice? Tell us in the comments!


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57 Comments
terryscottboykie
Heather Nicely, In the question you refer to at the top, 'sound' is a verb, 'differently' is an adverb, 'different' is an adjective. 'Differently' then is correct if it is modifying 'sound'. "'It" is a pronoun that could use 'different'. Then you would be right. However, 'Different IT' would sound confusing to readers until the word 'sound' is read. Therefore, 'Differently' is the right word in this case.
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Jan 25, 2018 7:36PM
osenm
terryscottboykie, SO WHAT, TERRY?
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Sep 17, 2018 7:54PM
Ashok Kansal
Yes we can not recognise our own recorded voice
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Jul 29, 2018 8:25PM
Swarup Sinha
Amazing.
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Jun 15, 2018 7:56PM
William Miller Jr.
Very Interesting
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Jun 10, 2018 6:48PM
tesla alset
Very informative.
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Jun 1, 2018 5:04PM
Janette Lee Scott
Thank you for the explanation. I neber Knew why my voice sounds so foreign to me.
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May 18, 2018 7:38PM
Charlene Lawrence
Interesting
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Apr 27, 2018 10:47PM
Don James
John Lennon couldn't stand his own voice.......wrong!!!!
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Apr 21, 2018 6:56PM
Jerry Stanfield
Go back to school and learn the difference between an adverb and an adjective Heather Nicely,
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Apr 8, 2018 11:18AM
drmargiem
I’m always amazed how much higher my voice sounds on a recording.
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Apr 7, 2018 4:56PM
BettyMarie Shoaf
Informative/interesting
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Apr 6, 2018 10:58PM
Bette Rae Lund Watkins
terryscottboykie....”we appreciate you waiting for the next available representative”...DRIVES ME BATTY!!! ....especially when it repeats several times on a recorded message 😵😵
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Apr 4, 2018 5:12PM
Kathleen Whay
Margie Wilson, Sorry, but had to put my two cents in on this one! The correct word is “differently”. You need the adverb-differently-which modifies the verb (does sound)! Adjectives modify nouns and pronouns/adverbs modify adjectives, verbs and other adverbs/hence-differently, the adverb is correct here!
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Mar 24, 2018 5:58PM
Amar Dhillon
Was aware of this phenomenon.
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Mar 13, 2018 9:02PM
Barb Horban
Okay
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Mar 5, 2018 11:19AM

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