I think that this must be an in vogue word right now. I’ve read/heard it two or three times very recently, and I don’t remember being familiar with it in the past.
How does sound play into your everyday life?
I am a talkative yet shy person, and I live with only a feline roommate, and I work predominantly by typing on a computer at work, so I do not vocalize extensively on a daily basis. When I am with a friend, I will happily prattle on, though I like to think that I also listen well, usually.
Nowadays, I listen extensively to audiobooks at home and while travelling, so I have ‘voices’ in my ears for hours at a time, a single voice, really. NPR is my major news source, and I can be familiar with many of the usual voices there, though I am most likely to be able to name the regular participants from Wait, Wait, Dont’t Tell Me (…the NPR news quiz with…) ahem.
Ranging further and more oddly afield…
Would dwarves or elves be more talkative? Dwarves, living underground, in caves, or in snug low-slung thick-walled dwellings would be insulated from much of the nature-sourced noises of wind, rain, rustling plants and bird-song. I’ve not spent an extensive amount of time in caves, so I cannot speak to communication and society in caves, but I would surmise that dwarves would be more vocal than elves, given the lower levels of light and the greater difficulty in perceiving body language and facial expression.