Thursday, October 11, 2012

Feminine Sounding Voice

I'm 22. My voice sounds very feminine. I'm in a deep stress because of my voice. Can you recommend any exercise to change my voice?

Barbara P. Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BRS-S replies...

The voice disorder you describe may be what is known as 'Mutational Falsetto' a.k.a. puberphonia. This is due to the males voice not changing after puberty but rather persisting as an adolescent voice. There may be medical reasons for the inability to transition to a male voice. Therefore a full medical work up by a physician is warranted. There may be psychological reasons for the continuation of the adolescent high pitch - more feminine sounding voice. Therefore counseling may be warranted.  

Voice therapy is very often a successful approach to making the transition to an age appropriate male voice. Voice therapy focuses on exercises or vocal tasks that help the person to produce a lower more age appropriate pitch level. It would be best to work with a speech pathologist who is trained to treat this type of voice disorder.

Kind regards,

Barbara Messing MA CCC-SLP, BRS-S

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