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Why you hate the sound of your own voice

This scenario has happened to lots of people:

  1. You play back a recording of you speaking.

  2. You grimace and say "I hate the sound of my own voice".

I'm rather fortunate in that I don't dislike how I sound. Which is pretty handy.

Voice actor Martin Whiskin hearing the sound of his own voice

As a voiceover artist, it would quickly become the worst career choice ever if I frowned when hearing myself speak. I hear myself every day, probably more than most people hear theirs - I hear it when I speak and I hear it when I edit. But, I like to try and put people's minds at rest when they bring this up in conversation.

Rather slyly, in that last paragraph I hinted at the science behind why you don't like the sound of your own voice. It's actually really simple...

When we speak, the sound travels through the air and enters our ears.

The sound also travels to the inner ears through our head.

There are two sound sources we hear when talking, which makes us sound richer, fuller and a bit deeper too.

When we hear ourselves played back on a recording, the sound of our voice only travels through the air into our ears.

That's one sound source only. We sound thinner and much less appealing compared to the other version.

You might find yourself asking "DO I REALLY SOUND LIKE THAT?!" Well, unfortunately the answer is yes. Yes, you do. But don't worry, that's how you sound to EVERYONE! They're used to it, so you just have to suck it up and get used to it too.

If you'd like to arrange a time to phone up and ask "do I really sound like this?" and have me say "yes, yes you do", then head over to the contact page.

I'm joking really but I needed to end the blog post with a call to action.


Not liking the sound of your voice isn't the end. Other people have voices (HINT HINT) which can be applied to all sorts of business marketing..., why is video effective communication? Read the post to find out!

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Martin Whiskin voiceover artist talking into a Rode NT1-a microphone
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