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    • #30055
      Alyssa Silva

      Full disclaimer: Before I get started, it’s important for me to note that I am grateful for my voice. Getting weaker this year and losing some strength to speak has made me realize that I should consider myself lucky to still speak. With SMA I could lose that ability at any time.

      That being said, the sound of my voice makes me self-conscious. Because it’s weak and childish sounding, I fear that people will take me less seriously. I was actually thinking about writing a column on this, so I thought I’d ask here first.

      How do you feel about your voice? Do you have the same fears?

    • #30075
      Blake Watson

      Yeah 100%. I think it’s a phenomenon in general—people dislike hearing their voice played back to them. But yeah, I’m self-conscious of my SMA voice. The squeakiness. The non-manliness of it lol (not to say a man must have a deep voice, but you know, just a self-conscious thing).

      I especially hate phone calls because that’s when my voice is most difficult to understand. So I try to make calls over higher quality mediums (FaceTime audio-only for example is a huge improvement over a regular phone call).

      But it’s the only voice I have so the show must go on. 🙂

    • #30080
      Alyssa Silva

      Yeah my thoughts exactly. 😂 If I can, I force my caregiver to make my phone calls for me. In my defense, people have difficulty understanding me sometimes. So it’s just easier to have someone else make my calls if it’s like making a vet appointment for my dog or customer service. Something simple. But I still get self-conscious in everyday conversations.

    • #30083
      DeAnn R

      My voice is on the stronger side as far as the SMA world goes. Ironically though I don’t care for my voice either. So, I got into recordings and videos where I have to listen to myself way too much. I just hope other people don’t find me as annoying as I do.

      My hearing must not be great because there’s a lot of times I miss what someone says. So it’s not always on your voice. It could be their hearing or a combination. Generally I don’t think many people like making phone calls. Maybe that’s why you can’t get ahold of anybody anymore. They’re self conscious about their voice and/or hearing.

    • #30085
      Alyssa Silva

      Haha your voice definitely does not sound annoying! And that’s true. I always wonder if when people tell me they have trouble hearing, they’re using it as an excuse because they feel bad saying they can’t understand me. I think I’m just paranoid honestly. Of what, I’m not really sure.

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