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Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in TellMeWhy |

Why Does a Boy’s Voice Break?

Why Does a Boy’s Voice Break?

Why Does a Boy’s Voice Break? When a boy’s voice breaks, it is because his voice box, or larynx, is suddenly growing larger. The larynx, located in your throat, is a tube-shaped piece of cartilage — the same stuff your ears and your nose are made from.

One of its jobs is to let you talk, sing, hum, yell, laugh, and make all sorts of noises. Boys and girls have vocal cords about the same size until the boys reach puberty. Then the voice boxes of boys grow rapidly.

The vocal cords become larger and thicker, and their voices change to a lower pitch. During this sudden growth, a boy’s voice sometimes “breaks.”

This is because the vocal cords have not adjusted themselves to the larger voice box, and the boy cannot always control the pitch of his voice. As a girl grows, her voice box grows steadily with the rest of her body and gets only a little deeper.

But this process lasts only a few months. Once the larynx is finished growing, your voice won’t make those unpredictable, funny noises anymore.

If you are concerned, stressed, or embarrassed about the sound of your voice, just remember it’s only temporary and that everyone goes through it to some extent. After a few months, you’ll likely have a resonant, deep, and full voice just like an adult!

Content for this question contributed by Mary Roediger, resident of Willits, Mendocino County, California, United States, USA