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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Surgery to Deepen Voice?

10/16/2000

Question:

Is there such a thing as elective surgery designed to deepen one`s voice? I am talking about a "normal" (male) voice that the owner would simply prefer to be deeper and more resonant.

Just curious...thanks!

Answer:

Actually there is a surgical procedure that can do just that. This procedure was developed with two types of people in mind; males who don`t develop the typical male voice after puberty and women undergoing sex change procedures. Less commonly there are men who are seeking a lower pitched voice. Sometimes a deeper, richer voice can be attained through voice therapy or by working with a voice teacher (like singers do). Sometimes the problem is in technique. The vocal cords are structurally correct. The surgery is a procedure that is done with the patient awake because you need the patient to phonate to know that you have actually lowered the pitch. Once the pitch is in the desired range, the vocal cord and voice box structuresd are fixed in that position. This surgery is done by only a few Ear, Nose and Throat doctors in the world. You need to find someone who has an interest in voice (phono) surgery. Good luck.

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Response by:

Keith M Wilson, MD Keith M Wilson, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Head and Neck Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati