Sunday, 17 March 2013

Boneheaded about bone conduction

Graham Kemp writes with a correction to ‘The sound of my own voice’, my post of 25 February: ‘It’s true that bone conduction makes your own voice sound deeper than you sound to others (or to yourself in a recording), but putting your fingers in your ears blocks air conduction, and so makes your voice sound even deeper.’

Of course, you could always stick with my initial explanation – I did get a B in my Biology O Level, after all (I think). But since Graham is Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology at the University of Liverpool, I think I might go with him. In any case, a few seconds’ self-experiment is enough to prove him right.

I have been boneheaded about bone conduction. Mea maxima culpa.

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