Along with noticeable changes in physical appearance that come with puberty, your boy will experience male voice changes in adolescence.
Your son’s voice cracking is a normal part of puberty for boys. As a young man matures, he experiences a shift in his voice and personality. Become familiar with what to expect and why these changes take place.
Effects of Adolescence on the Voice
Your voice is created when air is forced through your throat and vocal cords. A person’s vocal cords determine how deep or high their voice sounds, while the lips and tongue play a role in creating words.
There are two cartilage-and-tissue-covered strips in the voice box known as the vocal folds or vocal cords (also called the larynx). The vibration of the vocal folds creates sounds. Your mouth alters these sounds to create words. The lower the pitch, the longer and thicker the vocal cords are.
The vocal folds of boys and girls are around 2 millimeters long when they are born, but they continue to grow as the child ages. It is estimated that girls’ vocal folds increase in length by 0.4 millimeters each year, whereas boys grow by 0.7 millimeters annually – almost twice as much.
There is an end to this growth, with a maximum vocal fold length of 10 millimeters for girls and 16 millimeters for boys. Males tend to have a deeper voice because they have longer vocal folds.
During adolescence, the larynx undergoes significant changes as testosterone levels rise. Vocal cord cartilage and vocal folds become longer and thicker as a result of an increase in testosterone levels.
The tone and timbre of the voice are affected by thicker vocal folds, which alter the quality or “color.” As a result, when your son’s voice cracks, you can put it down to testosterone and vocal cord growth pains.
The Right Time to Expect a Change in Voice
A person’s voice does not alter on its own in a vacuum. The changes to the voice that occur due to raising testosterone levels in the body throughout puberty are just one of many.
Nevertheless, the timing of voice changes throughout puberty is significant since it occurs at a given period during the overall alterations. When males are between Tanner stages 3 and 4, their voices alter.
Boys’ genitalia undergoes dramatic changes during puberty, as described by the Tanner phases. After your son’s next appointment, inquire about his progress in the Tanner puberty stage. It may serve as a warning sign that something is about to happen to your voice.
Boys’ voices begin to vary at different ages. Beginning between the ages of 12 and 13, most people begin to see significant changes between the years 15 and 18.
A change in your son’s voice can indicate that he is going through a “growth spurt.” Adolescence is marked by a rapid increase in height known as the “growth spurt.”
When your son’s voice changes halt, his growth spurt slows down. It can take up to three years to complete this process.
Adapting to Voice Modifications
Puberty may be difficult for teenagers because of the changes in their voice and other aspects, but learning more about the process can make it easier for everyone involved.
Your kid may worry about how his voice sounds, so reassure him that the squeaks and changes are normal male voice changes in adolescence and that they will pass. You can look forward to the growth spurt you have been hoping for when his voice changes.
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