… like, when you hear it on playback from a tape recorder.

Sound can reach the inner ear by way of two separate paths, and those paths in turn affect what we perceive. Air-conducted sound is transmitted from the surrounding environment through the external auditory canal, eardrum and middle ear to the cochlea, the fluid-filled spiral in the inner ear. Bone-conducted sound reaches the cochlea directly through the tissues of the head.

When you speak, sound energy spreads in the air around you and reaches your cochlea through your external ear by air conduction. Sound also travels from your vocal cords and other structures directly to the cochlea, but the mechanical properties of your head enhance its deeper, lower-frequency vibrations.



  1. #1 CyberLizard
    January 15, 2009

    I hate hearing my recorded voice. I’m reminded that I’m a whiny-sounding little wiener.

  2. #2 JanieBelle
    January 15, 2009

    Just don’t use your voice to say anything in South Carolina.

    Idiots just won’t be happy until this is a theocracy.

  3. #3 sdrDusty
    January 15, 2009

    RE:JanieBelle/South Carolina: gosh, I guess our esteemed Vice-President had better watch his f—ing mouth while there, huh!
    and I’m with you- I detest hearing my recorded voice. gives me hives and seizures.

  4. #4 eddie
    January 18, 2009

    I have a great voice. My only regret is that y’all don’t hear it right.