A recent column in the coincidentally titled newspaper “Philly Voice” asks: “Why does our voice change as we age?” And subsequently, what can we do about it. Writer Brandon Baker turns to a medical doctor, Joseph R. Spiegel, MD, co-director of the Voice and Swallowing Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, for answers. Spiegel first recommends speech-language treatment to readers interested in making their voice sound younger.
“These muscles can be reworked and built up again,” says Spiegel. “There’s a number of techniques, and there’s been a couple things recently where speech pathologists have been very successful if patients are willing and cooperative to go through voice exercises and then do them themselves every day.”
Until then, learn more about keeping the voice youthful and healthy.