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."
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I dislike hearing my voice in general. That's an easy way to torture me.
I think I heard one theory being, we don't accurately hear our own voice when we speak because it's inside our own skulls and and all. So we only hear our "true" voice on a recording and it's usually a shock when we hear it. I think my voice is a 4/10 normally; I hate it. But it's a 0.5/10 on a recording. I sound like an even gayer Mike Tyson. Literally the worst male voice of a straight guy I can imagine. Here's some proof.