Sent to me by a friend . thought I'd share - Harry
 Today's Tip
Preventing An Aging Voice

Both the sound and quality of the voice is affected by aging, often resulting in a pitch change or slight breathiness or horseness when speaking. This is due to normal changes in the vocal cords: in men, the cords become thinner, smaller and vibrate faster, resulting in a higher pitch. In women, the vocal cords thicken and vibrate less, resulting in a deeper voice. Cartilage tissue in the larynx also becomes stiffer and less flexible, frequently causing a weaker sounding voice.

To help prevent or reduce the effect of aging on the voice, try using your voice more - those with a trained singing or public speaking background often have stronger voices as they age. Also - don't smoke: it accelerates the voice changes associated with aging.

February 10, 2005       (