What are voices?

I am diagnosed, yet I am still unsure about what voices are.
I wonder if anyone experiences voices as thoughts, more than actually hearing a voice out loud?

I don’t think anyone knows for sure what the voices are. I experience voices both as thoughts and also hear them out loud.

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I just had this conversation with my therapist. Basically if you “hear” it, even if it originates from inside your head and thus you don’t exactly hear it with your ears, it’s an auditory hallucination.

I hear voices with my ears. I can tell what direction they’re coming from and how far away they are. When I have loud thoughts inside my head, I refer to them as intrusive thoughts. I consider them a different, but equally troubling symptom. With actual hallucinations, I can change the volume by concentrating and turning an imaginary dial with my hand. With intrusive thoughts, I battle them by thinking rationally and breaking them down.