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Puberphonia

What is puberphonia?

Puberphonia is also known as functional falsetto. The laryngeal mechanism goes through a dramatic change in both males and females during puberty. The male voice lowers about one octave during mutation and the female voice lowers one to three semitones. When this acoustic change does not take place following the normal physical maturation, and individual is said to have functional falsetto. This occurs more frequently in males than females, but can occur with both.

What are the symptoms of puberphonia?

The voice qualities associated with puberphonia include:

  • high pitch
  • low intensity
  • breathiness
  • breaks in phonation and frequency
  • neck and throat tension

How is puberphonia treated?

Voice therapy is always the treatment of choice with this disorder.