Scientists Know Why You Hate the Sound of Your Own Voice

Apr 03, 2013 -- 10:15am

 

 

 

Everyone hates the sound of their own voice . . . and scientists know why.  

 

There are two ways for sounds to reach your inner ear:  Through the AIR, or through the BONES in your skull.  

 

When you talk, your vocal cords vibrate . . . and that vibration goes through the bones in your skull, directly to your inner ear.

 

Traveling through bone causes a sound's frequency to be lower, which means you hear yourself talking in a deeper voice than everyone else . . . since THEY hear your voice through the air. 

 

But when you hear a RECORDING of your voice, you hear it the same way everyone ELSE does.  It travels through the air, to your eardrum, and then to your inner ear.  And it sounds high-pitched and unfamiliar, so you don't like it. 

 

(NBC News)

 

 

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