What is puberphony (mutational falsetto)?

Boys’ voices deepen as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Mutational falsetto (puberphony) It is a voice disorder that occurs as a result of the voice remaining thin without thickening without any organic disorder during adolescence.

Although this change in men shows personal differences, it can be seen as a period of several years between the ages of 11-18. Voice change has stages such as the initial stage (premutation), the stage of change (mutation), the stage after the change (postmutation), and the name mutational falsetto has been given due to the fact that it has a thinner voice than it should be, despite the end of the change stage.

There is no problem in the structure and functioning of the larynx. However, the person finds this deepened voice color strange due to the hormonal changes that occur during puberty, does not like the new thickened voice and does not want to change the old voice. However, when they realize that this voice is not suitable for their age and gender (or as a result of the strangeness of the people around them), something is not right and they want to change this voice, but cannot do it on their own.

In patients with mutational falsetto, the required thickening does not occur with these changes, and pitch breaks are observed in the voice.
The treatment for puberphonia is VOICE THERAPY.

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