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Why Does Hearing Our Own Voice Sound So Strange?

Why Does Hearing Our Own Voice Sound So Strange
Many people dislike hearing their voices through recordings or through microphones. This disaffection is magnified when someone needs to wear hearing aids, as it leaves the wearer constantly hearing their voice as it is fed through the hearing aid microphones.

So, why does hearing your own voice seem so strange played back or through microphone pickups? Well, it all has to do with how sound travels and how technology changes the sound waves.

How Sound Travels Affect Our Voice Perception

When you talk, your vocal cords work with your lungs to produce vibrations. These vibrations can be simple sounds, like laughing, or words, and other sounds. The people who hear these sounds perceive them in the truest form, while the person vocalizing perceives their vocal cord vibrations through bone conduction.

A certain amount of our hearing is done through sound-conducting bones around our face and ears; however, our perception of our own voices is predominately through bone conduction. Because the sound travels through our bones, the tone is lower and often richer, while your actual vocalizations are likely higher in pitch. Also, many people have more nasal tones than they expect. That doesn’t mean your voice sounds terrible, just different.

For most people, this disconnect between how they perceive their voice and their actual voice isn’t a common issue they need to confront. However, those individuals who wear hearing aids often have to learn to deal with the way their voice sounds.

This vocalization disconnect can leave people uncomfortable and unwilling to wear their hearing aids. But there is hearing aid technology that can help.

Hearing Aid Technology Can Help With Vocal Sound Perception

The major hearing aid brands took the feedback that hearing aid users were being thrown off by the sound of their voices through their hearing device and created different technology to address it. One way the brand Signia went about correcting the issue is to develop Own Voice Processing software.

With OVP software built into many of their modern hearing aids, your hearing aid can separately recognize your voice versus the speech of other people. The recognition allows your hearing aids to process your vocalizations differently so that you sound more like you expect.

As part of our audiology services, our doctors of audiology can help with this disconnect between how your voice sounds and how your hearing aids process your vocalizations.

Find Hearing Aids With Own Voice Processing With Our Audiologists

Whether you have an issue with your speaking voice or aren’t bothered by how you sound, our experienced audiologists can help. From assessing your hearing loss, helping you find hearing aids that fit your needs and preferences, our doctors of audiology will work to ensure you have the best hearing experience possible.

If you are in need of hearing services, whether you need a hearing evaluation, hearing aids, tinnitus treatment, or balance services, you can contact us for assistance. We offer a wide range of services and specialized tools that can help you enjoy a higher quality of hearing.

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