Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
Aging Voice Disorder
Like many other parts of the body, the voice changes with age. The cartilage becomes hardened and the mucosa becomes thinner. Depending on voice use throughout your life, there may be cumulative scarring or thinning of the vocal fold cover. Known as presbyphonia, these situations can result in deterioration of the voice.
- Weak, unsteady voice
- Pitch breaks
- Voice at lower volume
Diagnosis and Treatment
Patients with aging voice can make significant gains with voice therapy. If patients need additional treatment after voice therapy, augmentation to add bulk to the vocal folds can be considered to improve the voice.
Meet Our Team
We bring together physicians, speech-language pathologists, and other healthcare professionals to provide treatment to patients suffering from voice and throat disorders. Collectively, we are among the world’s most experienced – and most successful – laryngology, voice, and speech teams.
Did you know?
There is not an exact age when presbyphonia is expected to start, but current research suggests somewhere between the ages of 40 and 65.
Aging men are more likely to see a rise in the pitch of their voice, while aging women are more likely to experience a decrease in pitch.