Many young people experience voice changes during their adolescent years, although they may be more noticeable in some people than others.
Voice changes occur because, as a young person grows, the larynx or “voice box” grows larger. This growth includes the vocal cords stretching to create a different sound. During the time this growth is occurring, in which a young person’s larynx is growing into its adult-sized larynx, cracking of the voice may occur. This voice cracking can occur at any time, yet sometimes occurs unexpectedly and when under stress.
Tips for adjusting to a Changing Voice
- Take a breath. Realizing voice changes are a natural and normal part of growing up.
- If your voice cracks as you are talking, pause, take a breath, then continue talking. This happens even to adults and, if you are okay with it, others will be okay with it too.
- If someone mistakes you for someone else or misgenders you when they hear you talking on the phone, simply correct the person by stating who you are.
- Keep a positive attitude and sense of humor. Remember that all of us go through puberty and experience a variety of changes.