Today it is popular to record web meetings instead of taking meeting minutes. But when you hear the recording of your voice, it sounds different and seems like you are hearing someone else's voice.
The reality is, what you hear on a recording is what your voice sounds like to other people. (Of course, it depends on your recording equipment.) To put it another way, it is impossible for you to hear your pure and naked voice. But why?
When you speak, you hear voice through two different avenues; air conduction and bone conduction.
1. Air Conduction Sound that comes out of your mouth travels as a series of vibrations through the air, goes into your ear and propagates into your ear drum. This is the same way others hear your voice.
2. Bone Conduction Your vocal chords directly send the sets of vibrations through your skull and those vibrations set your ear drum vibrating. However, as those vibrations travel through the bone, the frequency actually drops. What it means is that when you hear your voice through bone, you hear a lower voice.
When you hear a recording of your voice, you only hear it through one avenue: air conduction. No bone conduction occurs and as a result, you feel like your voice sounds a lot higher than you thought.