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Re: own voice versus recorded voice perception


Georg von Bekesy did a lot of work on bone conduction in the late 1950s/60s.
It included a paper "On the hearing of one's own voice by bone conduction",
from JASA if I remember correctly (I have a copy in a box in my loft, but
can't get to it at the moment to confirm the details). Others have
sporadically re-visited the topic since then. There's a very brief but
informative description of the phenomenon here:


Steve Beet

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Subject: own voice versus recorded voice perception

Hi All,
This is a bit of an odd request but I've been asked to comment on the
question "Why does one's voice sound different to them when they hear it
played back from a recording? And why do people normally dislike the sound
of their recorded voice?" 
My own thoughts are that this has to do with the fact that we hear our own
voice via a combination of air and bone conducted sound while the recorded
voice would be via air conduction alone. I imagine there are some
differences in the transmission characteristics of sound to the cochlea from
the vocal folds via air versus the body that would also affect our
perception of the sound of our voice.
That said, I did a quick search and didn't find any published research
(plenty of speculation similar to mine) discussing this topic and was hoping
some one might point me to some relevant references. Any help is greatly
Take Care,
Ben Hornsby