Puberty and Voice Change

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

As a boy goes through puberty, his voice will get lower in pitch and start to sound more grown up. Dr. Edward Hill explains how and why a teens voice changes in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Puberty brings about many changes in young men. Along with obvious changes in physical appearance, a boys voice will start sounding different. For a while, he might have difficulty controlling it and he may make all sorts of odd sounds when trying to speak.

A boys voice typically begins to change between the ages of 11 to 15, usually just after the major growth spurt. But while some boys voices might change gradually, others might change more quickly.

As the body goes through puberty, the larynx grows larger and thicker. Before reaching puberty, a young persons larynx is small and the vocal cords are small and thin. This results in a voice that is higher than an adults. But during puberty, the larynx gets bigger and the vocal cords lengthen and thicken, so a persons voice gets deeper.

Both boys and girls experience voice changes as they grow older, but girls voices get only a little deeper.

Keep in mind that everyones puberty timetable is different.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.