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Puberphonia?

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 5, 2007
  • 09:46 PM

Does anyone have anymore information about Puberphonia and the symptoms? I'm turning 16 and it feels like I can never speak up in a crowd of people and my voice is pretty high-pitched. Alot of my friends say that my voice doesn't fit my face. Also, it's very nasaly and I have to strain when I have to talk. I'm pretty sure that it is a psychological thing because in Middle School, I was afraid of people finding out that I was Bisexual so I tried to change my voice. I guess changing my voice turned out for the worse instead of benefitting me.

I'm afraid to go to my ENT doctor and tell him about my voice because he'll just say that it's puberty, but i'm pretty sure that it's not. I don't want to tell him that I am a Bisexual, because I haven't came out of the closet yet..

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  • have you still got this problem? I had puberphonia and got it fixed by seeing a speech threapist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2008
    • 11:27 PM
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  • Could you please explain more the process of your treatment... it is because I was told by and ENMT once that I had puberphonia but I tried to get help from a speech therapist but they told me they didnt have the proper equipment to treat a patient with puberphonia.... by the way how long was your treatment...
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  • What exactly is puberphonia? I'm going through puberty but my voice isn't changing. I'm going to be 16 and my voice hasn't even cracked. Anyone know what is wrong with me?
    ronster103414 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • You don't necessarily need to have special equipment to treat puberphonia.... it is often treated in an hour session with a Speech-Language Pathologist. There are hospitals with outpatient services that you can check into, free standing clinics that you can visit, or if you are close to university with an SLP program they are likely to have a "Voice Specialist" who could probably evaluate you and treat you all in the same session. This is not something you have to live with!!Puberphonia is a voice disorder that happens in males---- often after puberty the larynx fails to "drop" or lower, so you maintain the higher pitch voice despite the fact that you have undergone puberty and have physically changed.I hope this helps!!!!
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  • ı m in this problem, who can help me, ı m 20 years and my voice is like an girl,infact ı have two voice,first voice is lke an girl and another is too deep, ı dont want use all of themhelp me plsmyrtaceae_88@hotmail.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2008
    • 05:27 PM
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  • See my above message, if that doesn't help please google "Speech Language Pathology Clinic in ______ (your town)" or something along those lines: Speech Therapy, Speech Treatment, SLP Services. Hopefully a SLP will be able to get you in ASAP. If you live near a college or university clinic there is often a voice specialist who will be able to get you in and work with you for about 1-5 sessions in order to get your voice down. The sooner for you, the better. If it is truly puberphonia that you present with, it can easily be treated by a Speech Therapist. Good luck to you, please know that this condition does not have to be permanent!!
    stev9448 2 Replies
    • September 28, 2008
    • 08:53 PM
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  • See my above message, if that doesn't help please google "Speech Language Pathology Clinic in ______ (your town)" or something along those lines: Speech Therapy, Speech Treatment, SLP Services. Hopefully a SLP will be able to get you in ASAP. If you live near a college or university clinic there is often a voice specialist who will be able to get you in and work with you for about 1-5 sessions in order to get your voice down. The sooner for you, the better. If it is truly puberphonia that you present with, it can easily be treated by a Speech Therapist. Good luck to you, please know that this condition does not have to be permanent!!thx stev but ı dont think ı will have a right voice:(
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 03:11 PM
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  • have you still got this problem? I had puberphonia and got it fixed by seeing a speech threapist.is your voice normal now?i am also suffering from puberphonia but i was unable to fix this by voice therapyand i am having another low pitch voice apart from this high pitch voice but it is very bad and unclearso can u give some tips about getting this pboblem fixed?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 6, 2008
    • 00:42 PM
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  • See my above message, if that doesn't help please google "Speech Language Pathology Clinic in ______ (your town)" or something along those lines: Speech Therapy, Speech Treatment, SLP Services. Hopefully a SLP will be able to get you in ASAP. If you live near a college or university clinic there is often a voice specialist who will be able to get you in and work with you for about 1-5 sessions in order to get your voice down. The sooner for you, the better. If it is truly puberphonia that you present with, it can easily be treated by a Speech Therapist. Good luck to you, please know that this condition does not have to be permanent!!I recently got diagnosed by puberphonia, but I am still in the process of starting to receive my therapy. In my case, I have been aware that I had puberphonia for about 3-4 years already, but I was not diagnosed with it by a proper speech pathologist because there were no Speech Pathologist around my area. Now I am 20, and currently attending college where I received my speech evaluation by a Speech Pathologist from the program where I attend college. It is very convienient because they are very aware what is puberphonia, not like a regular ENT or doctor. My questions it that now that I am going to be receiving therapy for this how long would you say it would take for me to keep attending therapy sessions? Also what are the changes I am going to be seeing and will I be able to keep the changes of my voice all throughout my life?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2008
    • 09:11 AM
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  • Hi I am 26 and i did a self diagnostics of my high pitch feminish voice... i am going to a speech therapist this weekend... I found a link which might throw more light into this subject.http://www.doctorndtv.com/feature/detailarchivefeature.asp?id=106
    nj_guy 1 Replies
    • December 28, 2008
    • 08:21 PM
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  • I am a 40 year victim of puberphonia. It started with mono at age 14. Then a raspy voice and a higher pitched voice for the next 40 years. At one point I had a specialist take a look under anesthia. He said there were scars on the vocal chords that couldn't be fixed. So....after taking a lot of abuse, and recently becoming the target of some pretty dreadful people, I went to a nose and throat specialist. He sent me to a wonderful Speech Pathologist, trained at the U of Minnesota. She immediately told me she could cure me. By the time I left the office, I could hear the other voice that had always been there. We met twice a week for maybe a month. You decide if I'm cured. Listen to some sound files I made at http://www.webvoice.info I think this will give you all some hope. Much of the cure is exercises. The rest is psychological. What a difference it will make in your life. People will take you seriously and listen to you. Keep searching for the right doctor. One of the exercises...believe it or not, was to say the word "boom" as loud and as low pitched as you can. If you click on the banner at the bottom of my webpage it will take you to the software site that I used to make those recordings. Even if you just used the recording feature, you can email a sample of your voice to specialists and hope someone will answer you with a solution. It is worth the try.
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  • I was finally cured of puberphonia about 6 months ago (I'm 29). I always hated my voice, and I always hated talking on the phone and having people say ma'am to me:rolleyes:. I also never could talk very loud, if there was loud noise around it was useless for me to try to speak to anyone, this sometimes caused me problems at work. I stumbled upon puberphonia by accident on the web, once I learned about it I started seeing a speech therapist. It really only took about 6 weeks and I was speaking with my new voice. It seemed VERY deep in the beginning because I was so used to the weak voice, but now I know that it's perfectly normal and not really as deep as it seemed. The hardest part is using the new voice around people that you know, because they will notice. I just told them that I had throat surgery and nobody knew any better, although I did go for a little while trying to avoid people because some of them look at you like you went through puberty or something. :rolleyes: Amazingly I cannot hardly use the old voice anymore, I can't even hardly find it. When I try to (not that I want it back) it sounds very raspy and actually makes my throat hurt. I went from sounding like a woman before, to sounding similar to the previous poster. It takes guts to seek help for this, but it's worth it! You'll be glad you did!;)
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  • I'm 25 years old now. i went until i was 24 talking like a girl. it wasn't until i broke my nose and was seeing a ENT when i finally asked him if he knew what was wrong. He looked at my vocal cords and the sent me to the best speech pathologist in Michigan at Beaumont hospital. as soon as i spoke to him he said i had puberphonia and he was happy for me because just by looking at my Adams apple he knew i would have an amazing voice. all i did was see him for about a half hour 2 times a week and did like "singing exercises" until i was able to FIND my REAL voice. I was really nervous to use it at first but i just told all my friends that i got a new voice and they were all happy for me. I love it now and i can not thank that doctor enough.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 1, 2009
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  • I am a 32 years old male. From the age of 13 until approximately 20, I spoke with a "Kermit the frog" voice. I was always aware of my "natural" speaking voice, but was too afraid to use it. From the age of 13, I was constantly teased in school for reasons other than my voice. As a result of this trauma, I developed Puberphonia. It wasn't until I was 20 that a recommendation was made that I see a speech pathologist - by a friend. The speech path straightened me out in about three sessions. It was an incredibly quick treatment. The greatest obstacle was becoming comfortable with other people hearing my "real" voice. As the positive reactions from others increased, so my confidence. My greatest advice is to be confident. My speech path completely changed my life. I wish the best for any of you who are currently working through this. If I may offer any advice, please ask.T. Smith
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2009
    • 08:18 PM
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  • I am a 32 years old male. From the age of 13 until approximately 20, I spoke with a "Kermit the frog" voice. I was always aware of my "natural" speaking voice, but was too afraid to use it. From the age of 13, I was constantly teased in school for reasons other than my voice. As a result of this trauma, I developed Puberphonia. It wasn't until I was 20 that a recommendation was made that I see a speech pathologist - by a friend. The speech path straightened me out in about three sessions. It was an incredibly quick treatment. The greatest obstacle was becoming comfortable with other people hearing my "real" voice. As the positive reactions from others increased, so my confidence. My greatest advice is to be confident. My speech path completely changed my life. I wish the best for any of you who are currently working through this. If I may offer any advice, please ask.T. Smithdear smith,im 24 yrs old, im from india. and i suffer from puberphonia.. as u told, my voice is really embarrassing me wenever im in a croud... i cant speak loud.. it ll be more of a high pitched voice... i wanna change this. but that my second voice is very uncomfortable.. even though its a normal low pitched man voice; i feel its not clear and very monotonous... iam lost of breath on long sentence... iam consulting a speech pathologist now.. worried will i be able to speak quiet normal like others!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 9, 2010
    • 11:08 AM
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  • Wow, I have been going through life thinking that I was the only one in the world like this. It wasn't until I googled my symptoms that I was able to diagnose what it was......Puberphonia. I feel very uncomfortable talking about this but need help and guidance if I am wanting to defeat this condition. But what the heck, none of you know who I am anyway.I used to be an extremely talented and confident person before I hit puberty, I was very very popular and good looking (people tell me I still am). I was made of steel and any insults or harsh comments used to bounce off me. All of a sudden I was in a position where I had matured sexually except for my voice. Now I am 23 and still trying to come to grips with what happened. My confidence in myself is always growing but all it takes to destroy it is a comment about my voice like, have you got a cold or you sound like a B*T^H or whats wrong with your voice and then I have to start over again. The only people who really know who I am are the people involved in my everyday life. Otherwise I'm the shy guy in the corner not willing to speak to anyone. I hate loud functions like conferences and anywhere where there's a crowd of loud people (cafes, restaurants, night clubs, parties, sports etc) because my voice isn't strong enough to overcome the background noise.People don't treat me seriously and I can't be very assertive. I am very self concious of my voice and am always wondering what people are thinking when I meet them for the first time.I know if I had a "normal" voice my life will be completely transformed. I have had so many ambitions that I want to fulfill and I know I could make so many more friends, and even get my first girlfriend but am so paralyzed by this condition that it literally makes me think twice before picking up the phone or leaving the house.Now from what I have read most sufferers of puberphonia havn't discovered their deep male voice yet. But heres the thing; I have. I discovered it on accident one day at high school and used it a few times every now and then because me and my friends thought it was funny. All of a sudden I became uncomfortable with using it and most people I knew still didn't know that the deep male voice was there.I used to practice using it every night in the privacy of my bedroom to try and build up the courage to suddenly break into using it one day but could never actually build up the courage to use it. Nerves would get the better of me and I was extremely worried about what others might think. Plus I was very uncomfortable with using it myself because I thought it sounded almost too deep or too harsh. I do have my good days when my male voice sounds awesome but then I also have my bad days which make me question using it. I feel it is developing and sounding better and better everyday but still struggle to begin using it in public; full time. I still use it in private, but only for singing in the car or to loud music when no-one is around. I believe I am an absolutely amazing singer. Unfortunately no-one else has heard me sing.I don't think anyone I know, knows anything about this condition as no-one has tried to help me or mention treatment as I guess they think it may offend me or destroy my confidence(and to be honest it probably would have). I think my family tries to brush it under the carpet as none of them have even mentioned to me that my voice is different. It was only until I had had enough and randomly thought that maybe I could seek help that I decided to try to find out what it was. Also I don't know who to go to for support on this condition. I believe that in my case it is purely psychological as I have already discovered that voice thats been struggling to emerge. All I need now is help on finding treatment. I live in New Zealand and I don't know who to go to or who to talk to about it as I am afraid. Do I go to a psychologist or a speech therapist or do I consider surgery. Do I even tell someone close about it for help to support me through this? And what are the psychological treatments they make you go through? And will I be able to overcome it?This is the one life I have been given and I try my best to make the most of it. Please help me make the most of it by helping me get through this.Thank you for listening to my story.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2010
    • 00:16 AM
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  • Hey yowser251,I was actually the originial topic starter and I thought I would come back to check up on my post since its been so long since I last posted.. I am now 18 and I think I have totally gotten over my voice problems. Even though it is a little bit more nasal than I would like it to be. :P Anyways, it has made me so much more confident than before and I really would not do anything to change my voice right now. I'm still trying to get used to talking louder at loud functions and trying to project my voice more but its really getting better and better every day. I am pretty sure my problem was a psychological one too, but going to a Speech-Language Pathologist really helped me realize what my problem really was so that I could fix it myself. Unfortunately, my parents' insurance wouldn't cover the SLP so I just had to try to solve my problems on my own. It is really ultimately up to you.. I don't know what your feelings are about LGBT people.. but I guess you could almost compare it to coming out of the closet, but I think that talking with a completely different voice is much more tougher than coming out of the closest is. You just have to suck it up and try to gain the confidence to just use your deeper voice out in public, if you already know what it is. I would start with your close friends and family members first. If this doesn't work for you, then you can try the complete opposite: talking to a complete stranger in your deeper voice. After you realize that nothing bad happens after you use your deeper voice, you should start gaining more and more confidence to use your voice more often and soon you won't even remember how to use the high-pitched straining voice. I really wish that I had more support with this problem.. and it really needs to be brought out into public, as rare as it is. I know it is so much harder than it sounds.. but just stick in there and everything will be for the best. :) If you need any more help or questions, just email me at daniel_le91@yahoo.com. Even though I am pretty busy with school and high school graduation, etc. I will be more than willing to help! Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2010
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  • hi there friend... i too had this problem..but i got it fixed. i was given speech exercises.which made me better.actually from a point which i have felt and understand is that its the support and warmth that really cures u. this thing is 60% phsychological and 40% as by therapy exersies. so u need to see a speech therapy. the world is very bad when u have this problem... as i have suffered a lot. i had losses becoz of this. one thing i learned was patience. it really rewards u. take as a stand and go forth. u will win. set up a mind to be ironman. not the comic icon but a person who is strong from inside. and believe me it really works. the cure is in ourselves but we must realize it. i used to visualize as a good singer.i started learning to sing. did the therapy. and so forth.joined the gym. made a girlfriend and stuff. this really changed me.people who were mocking me now never stood up to me but admired me after the change......happiness is always from within......
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2010
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  • hi!! every body i am 23 turning 24 this august n yes i suffer frm puberphonia it is very painful and needs a lot of guts to face the society with this kind of a problem...i had a cuzn of my age very very close when we were children we always played together n tht kind of stuff we hit puberty together his voice changed into a very nice male voice but i was lacking behind in this matter..... Alot of pain,suffering,ignorance started from those days and it is still on!! i soon seemed clown to every one my tht cuzn who was my friend started to make fun of me every one in my family n in my school asked "wht is wrong with ur voice" n people would laugh and ask hey "do u hve a penis" OMG it hurts man it really hurts...i startred avoiding phone because i hate when sum1 calls me madam on phone....n sum of my class felows would call on my cell late night while holding other ppl in conference call n make those ppl hear my voice n thn they would laugh like ***l.... Time passed by i completed my school n went to college i wont forget the first day of my college in my whole life...whn my teacher asked me to introduce my self in front of the whole class u can very well imagine wht happened next i cried all night tht day.... i come from a very conservative family so when i went to college i got engaged to a girl who was my uncles daughter this was totaly the decesion of my parents because i didnt had any girl friend so it was not at all a problem for me i knew tht girl frm my childhood n she knew me after my engagment the hardest thing for me was to talk to my fiance on phone but i had to talk to her i order to ask her if she was happy with what our parents have decided for us.... So i called her n she picked up n she didnt gave much attention to my voice tht gave me alot of confidence for the first time she seemed very happy with our engagment..she never asked or said anything about my voice n frm tht day we came closer n we have been engaged for five years now but there is something between us tht is unheard or untold n i know deep in my heart wht tht is!!!! n now my parents and her parents are planning our wedding next year... i know very well tht she is happy wid me n loves me but she has something to say tht she is not able to n i dont have guts to ask her so we never talked about it in these five years... i think by spending these years with me she has understood tht i feel very bad about my voice n she wants to talk abt it to give me some support but at the same time she is afraid tht if she talks abt my voice i will feel bad abt it so she is not talking abt it n i dont hve guts to ask her wht is tht ur eyes tell me but you are not able to speak out..... Moving on i went to alot of ENT doctors n they referred me to a speach therapist but the therapist didnt exactly found out wht my problem was n after few sessions when it was of no use i stopped going there....the problem is still the same wid me n i dont knw wht will happen next all i know is there is alot of pain and suffering tht is still to come...... My email id haider_227@yahoo.com i would love to chat wid ppl who are suffering frm the same problem as i am please do reply!!!!thnx
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  • OMG! I thought I was the only dude in the world with this problem. I am 30yrs old and been suffering with this since pretty much 15yrs old. I have been made fun of,and ?'d about my voice so many times! Its so ***n annoying! I didn't know that this condition was called puberphonia until today just trolling the internet. Puberphonia describes everything about my voice!Its crazy and blows my mind. I actually have discovered i have to voices. One my normal one which is girly,highpitched,raspy and cracked. The other one is deeper and more manly but kinda feels like I am straining my throat more to talk like that. I tried doing voice exersices to deepen it naturally but to no avail.So i actually got sick a month ago and completely lost my voice for like 2 days then it started coming back. So I was like fuuck it I'm juss gonna use my deep voice on some strangers when I'm out by myself. And its so crazy,people can actually hear me loud and clear,and don't have to ask"what did you say" or "why you sound like that"? So I juss started talking in my deeper voice to everyone one now. My wife was kinda like WHOA! at first. But she told me she likes it. And some ppl at my work are like what happened,you sound so different! I juss blamed it on being sick and I dunno it juss happened. Some of my family said the same thing.LOL My mom called me and I ansewered and she said may I speak to johnny,and I said this is him. And she said it again,she didn't believe it was me!So I am juss gonna try to keep talking in my deeper voice,not giving a ***n what anyone has to say about it!haha I mean thier is no point in having this deeper voice and not useing it right?! I am trying just to get the right pitch to the deeper voice tho. Its kinda tuff b/c sometimes it gets way to LOW! I don't think I will ever tlak in my normal girly voice anymore b/c almost everyone I know now has heard me talk in my deeper voice now.I mean after when ppl here you talking in your deeper voice,its not too bad. I mean juss when you first do it in front of ppl,they are like whoa you sound like a totaly differ person,or there like what happened to your other voice? And I jus blame it on being sick and losing my voice and coughing really hard when I was sick. I actually had told some of my old work buddy's I had surgery!LOL They were like ok cool! And it was all good after that and no one cares. Of course ppl are gonna say something about it when you first start using your deeper voice b/c thier not use to it,but trust me you can talk to ppl much easier,talk in loud enviroments,and actually feel important in conversations with people! I am juss kinda worried that I might ware my deep voice out,thats why I don't say anything hardly ever unless I am around someone and they ask me something. But I am just trying now to perfect my pitch of my deeper voice. Any other tips would be nice so let me know! Nice to meet you all!
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