Writing Prompt: Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt – Voice
Recently I had a mild shock…. I heard the sound of my voice., and not only was it not what I expected, I didn’t like it. I always thought that I had a somewhat husky timbered voice, but apparently it’s high pitched and whiney…. ARE YOU SERIOUS?!
Thank goodness I’m not the only one who doesn’t really like the sound of their voice.
“The answer has to with the sensory apparatus for hearing within the middle and inner ear (i.e. deep in the skull). When we hear, a series of events occurs (sort of like a Rube Goldberg machine, except that it isn’t over-engineered) whereby sound waves (really pressure waves) are transduced or transformed into an electric signal sent to the brain and interpreted as hearing. When you ‘hear’ my voice, the sound/pressure waves leaving my mouth enter your ear, and the process of events happens in series. When you ‘hear’ your own voice, however, not only do the sound/pressure waves leaving your own mouth (call this the external stimulus) reach your ear and activate this series of events, but a second thing happens. The physical act of producing speech, which involves contraction of the muscles of the larynx (and others), creates a vibration that is translated through the neck to the skull where the entire auditory transduction apparatus is. This delivers a second (internal) stimulus to the apparatus. The combination of the two stimuli is what you perceive as the sound of your own voice.”
So I don’t like the sound of my voice, apparently I’m in good company, Denzel Washington, Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep don’t’ watch their own movies, maybe because the sound of their voices annoy the hell out of them to. I wonder if Adele says to her self, “self, how is it possible with a voice like that you were able to sell millions upon millions or records?” Let’s be honest, she’s probably never asked herself that.
So the next time you have a harsh comment about your voice, blame the air, blame the frequency, and blame the vibration….
WORKS CITED (for you freaking comment Nazi’s)
Etter, N. (n.d.). Summer 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2016, from http://www.marquette.edu/magazine/recent.php?subaction=showfull
Until Next Time,