The Doctors: Why Do People’s Voices Change?
A viewer, Robin, sent in a video to The Doctors TV show asking about what she should do to make her voice sound less old. She said it’s changed a lot in the last few years, and she’s worried about how it’ll sound in the future.
Dr. Sunil Verma joined The Drs. to help Robin navigate her changing voice. He said your vocal cords are made of muscles, and just like any other muscle in your body, they start to relax, sag and change. One of these changes is having a hard time producing a loud voice, and there are also pitch changes.
Vocal cords vibrate at 200 times per second. Dr. Verma used a special camera to take pictures of vocal cords moving. If you can’t get good vocal cord closure, it’s difficult to make a sound or loud noises. There was definitely a difference, which you can see in the video below:
The Doctors: Vocal Cord Implants and Fillers to Fix Voice Changes
Dr. Verna said they can use cosmetic filler material to fill up the vocal cords. A bulkier vocal cord will get better sound, and this procedure can be done right in the office. There are also implants that a patient can get in their voice box, and this is a more permanent procedure.
The Doctors played a before and after of someone who got vocal cord implants. There was still a raspy sound but it was definitely better.
Dr. Verna also recommends staying hydrated, and drinking enough water so that you pee clear. Another thing you can do is avoid talking too much on your phone, and avoid toxins like cigarette smoke.