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Do you hate hearing your own voice in audio recordings?

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Your voice, when played back to you, can sound unrecognizable. GeorgePeters/Getty Images
Your voice, when played back to you, can sound unrecognizable. GeorgePeters/Getty Images
Why do we hate the sound of our own voices?


To summarise:

Introduction = "The discomfort we have over hearing our voices in audio recordings is probably due to a mix of physiology and psychology."

Reason 1 = "For one, the sound from an audio recording is transmitted differently to your brain than the sound generated when you speak." "People generally perceive their voice as deeper and richer when they speak. The recorded voice, in comparison, can sound thinner and higher pitched, which many find cringeworthy."

Reason 2 = "There’s a second reason hearing a recording of your voice can be so disconcerting. It really is a new voice – one that exposes a difference between your self-perception and reality. Because your voice is unique and an important component of self-identity, this mismatch can be jarring. Suddenly you realize other people have been hearing something else all along."

Conclusion = "Even though we may actually sound more like our recorded voice to others, I think the reason so many of us squirm upon hearing it is not that the recorded voice is necessarily worse than our perceived voice. Instead, we’re simply more used to hearing ourselves sound a certain way."
I hate hearing my voice in audio recordings
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I dislike hearing my voice in audio recordings
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I am indifferent to hearing my voice in audio recordings
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I like hearing my voice in audio recordings
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I love hearing my voice in audio recordings
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I hate/dislike but also like/love hearing my voice in audio recordings
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I have never heard my voice in an audio recording / I am mute
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