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Puberphonia

The term puberphonia, also referred to as mutational falsetto, is a voice disorder in which childlike, higher pitched prepubescent speaking fundamental frequency is continued after completion of puberty such that the voice does not transition to a normal adult voice. In the classification manual of voice disorders, puberphonia is considered a functional voice disorder in adolescents and adults who have undergone normal growth, with no delayed puberty and no organic or endocrine disorder. Individuals with the disorder typically present to the clinic with complaints of high-pitched voices, dysphonia, vocal weakness, and fatigue.

Puberty is a period during which adolescents undergo a process of sexual maturation and develop secondary sexual characteristics. This occurs between the ages of 12 and 16 in boys and 10 and 14 in ...

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