Before puberty, the vocal cords for boys are short and thin and the larynx is small. As he grows, the larynx grows and the vocal cords lengthen and thicken, resulting in lower pitch. Photo: ShutterstockBefore puberty, the vocal cords for boys are short and thin and the larynx is small. As he grows, the larynx grows and the vocal cords lengthen and thicken, resulting in lower pitch. Photo: Shutterstock
Before puberty, the vocal cords for boys are short and thin and the larynx is small. As he grows, the larynx grows and the vocal cords lengthen and thicken, resulting in lower pitch. Photo: Shutterstock

Why inhaling helium gas affects our voice, and other things to know about vocal cords, the larynx and how we speak

  • Ever wondered what goes on in our bodies when we talk, whisper put on accents or inhale helium? We look at the role the larynx, or voice box, plays
  • Cancer is the most worrisome condition to affect the voice box, and smoking and heavy drinking are risk factors

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Before puberty, the vocal cords for boys are short and thin and the larynx is small. As he grows, the larynx grows and the vocal cords lengthen and thicken, resulting in lower pitch. Photo: ShutterstockBefore puberty, the vocal cords for boys are short and thin and the larynx is small. As he grows, the larynx grows and the vocal cords lengthen and thicken, resulting in lower pitch. Photo: Shutterstock
Before puberty, the vocal cords for boys are short and thin and the larynx is small. As he grows, the larynx grows and the vocal cords lengthen and thicken, resulting in lower pitch. Photo: Shutterstock
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