Monday, August 27, 2012

Voice Thicker

I'm 18 years old. Went through puberty very early on, at the age of 12 to be exact. My voice broke, but it still varies in pitch, at times deep and low, and then very feminine sounding.

Is there any way I can change this?  It has caused many problems with regards to my self-esteem and interaction with people.

 Kind regards.

Melissa E. Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...

I would first suggest that you seek out an evaluation with a laryngologist (an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician with specialized training in voice disorders) in order to determine if there are any anatomic or physiologic factors contributing to your vocal difficulties. If your larynx is determined to be structurally normal, you may be experiencing what is referred to as "puberphonia." Puberphonia is the persistence of abnormally high pitched voice following the onset of puberty, and can often be successfully treated in voice therapy with a speech pathologist.

Good luck to you.

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