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Why does your voice sound different to you?

If you hate the sound of your own voice, it's time to meet the other version of you.

ATLANTA — ATLANTA—If you’re one of those people who hates the sound of your voice, it’s time to meet the other version of you.

That’s right. There are two versions of your voice. There’s the voice you hear, and the voice everyone else hears.

At the Art Institute of Atlanta, even audio engineers believe the recorded version of their voice sounds different.

“Quite a bit of difference,” said Fred Sabaugh.

There’s the voice that leaves your vocal chords bound for any and all eardrums in the immediate vicinity. You hear that version of your voice along with everyone else.

But you’re also hearing a different version of your voice when your vocal chords create vibrations inside your head. The two versions combine for a sound only you hear.

“The vibrations are giving you a more full, warm, like a Barry White voice,” said Art Institute instructor Jeremy Dudman.

11Alive’s Why Guy had students at the Art Institute record their voices then listen back to get their reaction.

“My voice to me sounds higher,” said Desiree Smith.

When you hear a recording of your voice, you’re hearing only one version of you, the one everyone else hears. It lacks the version created by those vocal chord vibrations.

“I definitely hear a difference in the timbre,” said Dylan Riner.

The quality of the microphone and speakers will alter your voice some.

If you think you sound too country or hear an exaggerated accent, you’re being too sensitive.

Once you get to know the other version of you, it all makes sense.


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