There’s More to the Human Voice Than You Think

There's More to the Human Voice Than You Think. Here's 10 Facts that prove it.

Why does the brain get all the attention? Ok, sure it’s got 600 miles of neurons, but we need to spread a little limelight on this thing we call our voice. It is a pretty amazing piece of machinery, and I’m pretty sure we all take it for granted. So here are some interesting things about the sounds made by the membranes, folds, ligaments, and muscles we call our vocal cords.

1. Get it through your thick skull.

There's More to the Human Voice - When traveling through your head’s tissue and bone, the sound waves from your vocal cords lower in pitch, making your voice seem less tinny and annoying than it actually is.

2. You’re not the only one who hates their own voice.

There's More to the Human Voice - John Lennon hated the sound of his own voice. He repeatedly asked Beatles producer and sound engineer George Martin to help mask the normal sound of his voice.

3. Look who’s talking.

There's More to the Human Voice - A Finnish neuroimaging study suggests that hearing voices that aren't there may be a consequence of the brain mistakenly interpreting inner speech as coming from an outside source.

4. Your inner voice’s language of choice.

There's More to the Human Voice - People who are born deaf do have an inner voice, just not an auditory one. Instead, their inner voice takes the form of the communication that they use – signing.

5. Please listen carefully as menu options have changed…

There's More to the Human Voice - Call centers can now monitor the emotional properties of all callers in real-time by analyzing their voices, allowing managers to instantly identify issues such as frustrated* customers.

6. Pssssst!

There's More to the Human Voice - Whispering can be more traumatic to the larynx than using your normal speaking voice.

7. Keep your thoughts to yourself please.

There's More to the Human Voice - Your inner voice is louder than you think. It causes subvocalizations - tiny muscular movements in your larynx and mouth detectable with electromyography ( EMG ) readings.

8. Giving people a new voice

There's More to the Human Voice - Scientists can now reverse engineer unique synthetic voices for people who have lost or never had the ability to speak by infusing the traits of whatever sounds they can make with a those of a donor voice.

9. Who is that imposter?

There's More to the Human Voice - The “uncanny valley” theory on why we hate our voice: hearing a recording of ourselves is right, but not quite right, it's the auditory version of seeing a creepy, eye-glazed-over, almost-human doll.

10. The power of ASMR

There's More to the Human Voice - A Swansea University study reported that 80% of participants felt ASMR had a positive effect on their mood. 38 people in the study with chronic pain reported that ASMR improved their symptoms.

11. Shut up, voices!

There's More to the Human Voice - Experiencing auditory visual hallucinations (AVH) is common in disorders like schizophrenia, a condition that affects 1.1% of the US population.

12. Voice Diagnosis

There's More to the Human Voice -  A 2015 University of Bialystok study found that anomalies were detectable in the voices of 44% of rheumatoid arthritis patients. Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s may also cause detectable voice changes.



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There’s More to the Human Voice Than You Think, facts in text:

1. Get it through your thick skull.

When traveling through your head’s tissue and bone, the sound waves from your vocal cords lower in pitch, making your voice seem less tinny and annoying than it actually* is.

2. You’re not the only one who hates their own voice.

John Lennon hated the sound of his own voice. He repeatedly asked Beatles producer and sound engineer George Martin to help mask the normal sound of his voice.

Many Beatles tracks altered Lennon’s voice through engineering techniques, such as on “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Tomorrow Never Knows,” and many others.

3. Look who’s talking.

A Finnish neuroimaging study suggests that hearing voices that aren’t there may be a consequence of the brain mistakenly interpreting inner speech as coming from an outside source.

4. Your inner voice’s language of choice.

People who are born deaf do have an inner voice, just not an auditory one. Instead, their inner voice takes the form of the communication that they use – signing.

5. Please listen carefully as menu options have changed…

Call centers can now monitor the emotional properties of all callers in real-time by analyzing their voices, allowing managers to instantly identify issues such as frustrated* customers.

*Which presumably includes everybody

6. Pssssst!

Whispering can be more traumatic to the larynx than using your normal speaking voice.

Instead, you should just talk softly as though you were having a quiet conversation with the person next to you.

7. Keep your thoughts to yourself please.

Your inner voice is louder than you think. It causes subvocalizations – tiny muscular movements in your larynx and mouth detectable with electromyography ( EMG ) readings.

NASA was working on tech able to detect and recognize hundreds subvocalized words. It’s funding has since been terminated.

8. Giving people a new voice

Scientists can now reverse engineer unique synthetic voices for people who have lost or never had the ability to speak by infusing the traits of whatever sounds they can make with a those of a donor voice.

9. Who is that imposter?

The “uncanny valley” theory on why we hate our voice: hearing a recording of ourselves is right, but not quite right, it’s the auditory version of seeing a creepy, eye-glazed-over, almost-human doll.

10. The power of ASMR

A Swansea University study reported that 80% of participants felt ASMR had a positive effect on their mood. 38 people in the study with chronic pain reported that ASMR improved their symptoms.

11. Shut up, voices!

Experiencing auditory visual hallucinations (AVH) is common in disorders like schizophrenia, a condition that affects 1.1% of the US population.

12. Voice Diagnosis

A 2015 University of Bialystok study found that anomalies were detectable in the voices of 44% of rheumatoid arthritis patients. Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s may also cause detectable voice changes.