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Here at Angell we of course have an unfaltering fascination with all things sound related, so we’re always eager to find out more. As a studio taking on board talented voice over artists on a daily basis, we couldn’t help but take an interest when this question popped up on the Internet recently – ‘Why do people hate the sound of their own voice on recordings?’ Is this simply our own emotional perception of how we feel we should sound, or is there a more scientific reason behind this? Either way we would assume that our talented visiting VO’s have overcome this distress that many of us have! This week we’ve taken a closer look into this.

How your voice works

As most of us know, when we use our voices your vocal cords vibrate. Those vibrations travel through your vocal tract to the back of your throat. The sound that comes out depends on many factors, such as the shape and length of that tube, how your tongue is positioned etc.

How your ears work

These sound vibrations travel to your eardrums, which then transmit to the cochlea. The cochlea transforms this energy into electrical energy – which is how our brain cells converse with each other. Your voice is also conducted through the tissue and bones in your head in an additional layer that bypasses the atmosphere and outer ear, physically transmitted through your body.

But how does all this alter our perception of our voices?

This intriguing video helps to explain this process:

So in other words, the vibrations passing through the bones in your ear are the reason behind this unfortunate phenomenon! That’s the magic of the brain for you.