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Wednesday
Jan122011

Is Your Voice Changing with Age?

If you have noticed a change in your voice - and you aren't a boy going through puberty – it may simply be a natural part of aging. Both the volume and quality of the voice is affected as we grow older, often resulting in a pitch change or slight breathiness or hoarseness when speaking. This is due to normal changes in the vocal cords: in men, the cords tend to become thinner, smaller and vibrate faster, resulting in a higher pitch. In women, the vocal cords can thicken and vibrate less, resulting in a deeper voice. Cartilage tissue in the larynx also becomes stiffer and less flexible, frequently causing a weaker-sounding voice.

To help prevent or reduce the effect of aging on the voice, try using your voice more - those with a trained singing or public speaking background often maintain stronger voices as they age. Also - don't smoke: it accelerates the voice changes associated with aging.

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Reader Comments (1)

Your post was so interesting. I have never heard anyone discuss vocal cords changes as one ages.
Another change to add to our list! Your suggestions were excellent!
Marla Levie
President
Focus on Aging

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarla Levie
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