Could we hear the speaking voice of a six-inch-tall human?
February 15, 2013 8:29 AM Subscribe
I am considering writing a novel/story that involves the idea of people living among us who are somewhere between three and eight inches tall, but I don't know enough about the physics of sound to know if normal height humans would be able to speak to these tiny people. Would their voices be too high-pitched to hear at all, or just very difficult to understand? Would our voices be understandable to them?
posted by Rock Steady to Science & Nature (18 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
If normal speech is impossible, could electronic devices allow for easy communication? Cell phones or hearing aids of some sort? How might that work?
I should add that either yes or no is an option for the story, it just changes the path I'd like it to take if we can't communicate across the size divide.
I realize that I will have to explore all sorts of biological implications of such teeny peeps, but for now I would like to get the dialog question sorted out.