When you convert an audio file to text, you may need to listen to your own voice for a while. The questions you asked the instructor may come to you after some time listening to the recording. It may feel like your voice sounds strange when you play it back from a recorder. It’s funny to hear your own voice recorded. When listening to the recording, it feels like your voice does not represent you. I recorded my voice and then listened to the audio file, and I felt weird. I was not used to that. Why is this the case? Well, to understand the why, we need to look at a few things first.
How do we hear?
Sound waves are vibrations in the air. They move through the air at different speeds and sometimes bounce off surfaces. When they do, we hear the sound reflected from that surface. How we perceive sound is, of course, highly dependent on the environment. For this reason, a natural language feels different from an audio file.
There are more echoes in a hall than in a small room. In a small room, sound reflects off all surfaces, giving sound waves less room to propagate. It is similar to when you convert audio files to text. In a very large room, an isolated noise can be clearly heard. What do you think will happen when you start singing? When we hear a sound in a place with a lot of echo, it is difficult to figure out where it is coming from. That is why the medium is important when we are trying to hear something.
Natural vs. converted from audio file
When you speak, your voice travels first to your larynx, which vibrates to create the sound waves before they spread through your mouth and nose. The skull then transmits these vibrations to the ear, where the ear interprets them as speech or other sounds through the ear muscles, which help control balance and hearing. But when you listen to an audio file, this richness disappears.
You hear the sound of your voice through your skull. The sound waves are conducted through the bones of the head. This makes your voice feel fuller than it is.
It’s funny to hear your own voice recorded. When listening to the recording, it feels like your voice does not represent you.
The pitch of your own voice is higher than you think. And that’s because when you hear your voice, it’s coming from inside your head, where compressed sound waves are. When you record the audio, the sound waves are not in compressed and distorted form, like when you hear yourself speak; instead, they are closer to their natural form.
Stop hating your voice
There’s nothing wrong with your voice. It is normal and natural to feel this way when you hear yourself speaking in a recording. If this holds you back and makes it difficult for you to convert audio files to text, don’t overextend yourself. You may feel that something is wrong with you when you listen to your recordings. Remember that everyone sounds strange when they hear themselves in recordings.