My own voice

I listened to a message I left for Leah last nighton our voicemail. It struck me again that everytime I hear my own voice from an external source (as in not when I speak it, but recorded) that I never recognise it. It sounds like a complete stranger to me, and I wonder who this is calling and saying ‘hey cutie […]’. I actually find hearing my voice recorded somewhat disturbing, because it sounds so different to how it does in my head. I sound a lot softer on the phone than I do in my own head. In my head, I have a fairly high voice, somewhat rumbly, and I tend to soften harsh sounds, like the french do (if you’re french, you should be able to hold a piece of paper in front of your mouth and not have it move when you say hard sounds, like ‘ToD DiDn’T Burn the CaT’s Paws’ (caps on the hard sounds)). In english, we exhale forcefully on those hard sounds.

Is anyone else disturbed by their own voice, when heard externally? Can anyone who knows me describe what my voice sounds like to them? Also, what does your voice sound like to you?

10 Replies to “My own voice”

  1. I am constantly shocked at how low my voice is. I think that I have quite a range with it (at least from what I hear in my skull) when I’m talking- but when I’m describing things or just doing my basic voice it is a bit disturbing how low it is. I’m not sure if we always hear our voice as higher, thats something that I’ll try and figure out.

  2. I am constantly shocked at how low my voice is. I think that I have quite a range with it (at least from what I hear in my skull) when I’m talking- but when I’m describing things or just doing my basic voice it is a bit disturbing how low it is. I’m not sure if we always hear our voice as higher, thats something that I’ll try and figure out.

  3. I’m the opposite – in my head, my voice sounds low, but when I hear it recorded, it sounds icky…loud, (well, I knew that…) and fairly sharp. Steve, in a word, I’d say your voice is pretty soft. Oh, that’s two words…

  4. I’m the opposite – in my head, my voice sounds low, but when I hear it recorded, it sounds icky…loud, (well, I knew that…) and fairly sharp. Steve, in a word, I’d say your voice is pretty soft. Oh, that’s two words…

  5. Yeah, I’m surprised, because I thought everyone’s voice sounded deeper in their head (makes sense, no, coming from inside the deep cavern?). I’m horrified by the external sound of my own voice, which is unnervingly high: I have described it before as “the squeak of cabbage”.
    Steve, your voice sounds to me on the slightly deep side of mid-range, and soft — not in volume — not sharp on the consonants.

  6. my spoken voice seems to me to be very nasally, in a bad way. i don’t like it so much, and i’m not a big fan of playing back how i sound when i record a new greeting on my phone.

  7. my spoken voice seems to me to be very nasally, in a bad way. i don’t like it so much, and i’m not a big fan of playing back how i sound when i record a new greeting on my phone.

  8. hmmm…mine in mine own head sounds loud and clear to the point where i think i am yelling,and i believe that i am talking slowly, yet when i hear my voice on a machine it sounds fuzzy – not soft – fuzzy, yet squeaky and ridiculously fast like i’m on speed. and apparently i have a lisp which explains the fuzzy, i guess.

  9. hmmm…mine in mine own head sounds loud and clear to the point where i think i am yelling,and i believe that i am talking slowly, yet when i hear my voice on a machine it sounds fuzzy – not soft – fuzzy, yet squeaky and ridiculously fast like i’m on speed. and apparently i have a lisp which explains the fuzzy, i guess.

  10. Yeah, I'm surprised, because I thought everyone's voice sounded deeper in their head (makes sense, no, coming from inside the deep cavern?). I'm horrified by the external sound of my own voice, which is unnervingly high: I have described it before as “the squeak of cabbage”.
    Steve, your voice sounds to me on the slightly deep side of mid-range, and soft — not in volume — not sharp on the consonants.

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