The aging voice

• April 21, 2013 • Comments (0)

At the wedding I went to last week, I noticed one of the older guests having difficulty speaking over the noise of everyone else at the reception.  Then I saw her put her finger on her neck, much as I used to do in order to make enough sound that people could hear me.  Vocal cords are muscles, and as we age they can bow and atrophy.   There are simple steps one can take to manage this, including reading aloud, and seeking voice therapy.   Surgery, including the thyroplasty used to restore my voice, can also be an option.  Dr. Anderson described the changes to the aging voice, and what to do about it, way back in 2008.

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Category: St. Michael's Hospital Voice Chair, Voice problem, Voice surgery, Voice treatment

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