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Old 01-10-2020, 09:20 AM
 
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I have noticed my voice is becoming more raspy/hoarse the past few months. I am 34 years old. Does this tend to happen after people hit a certain age?

It's not horribly rasp or anything drastically but I have noticed a consistent change. I am very healthy, eat well, exercise regularly and don't smoke. I did however smoke on occasion/socially in my late teens/ very early 20s. But it was only here and there nothing heavy or daily back then. I haven't put a cigarette in my mouth in over 10 years.

Curious if others experience this?

I hope it's not anything serious. Hopefully benign, not only because I want to live healthy, but it starting to sound pretty sexy too, haha.

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Old 01-10-2020, 03:15 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I have noticed my voice is becoming more raspy/hoarse the past few months. I am 34 years old. Does this tend to happen after people hit a certain age?

It's not horribly rasp or anything drastically but I have noticed a consistent change. I am very healthy, eat well, exercise regularly and don't smoke. I did however smoke on occasion/socially in my late teens/ very early 20s. But it was only here and there nothing heavy or daily back then. I haven't put a cigarette in my mouth in over 10 years.

Curious if others experience this?

I hope it's not anything serious. Hopefully benign, not only because I want to live healthy, but it starting to sound pretty sexy too, haha.
Benign polyp or nodule on a vocal cord? They are pretty common. As for being age-related who knows? Someone who talks a lot all day every day, sings, shouts at work could be straining their vocal cords for years...

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Old 01-10-2020, 05:06 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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In my own case, more than "normal" hoarseness was diagnosed as LPR, or Laryngopharyngeal reflux.

Similar to GERD, stomach acid backs up the throat and affects the vocal cords. Mine is accompanied by excess mucus buildup.

You may want to have an ENT doc look down your throat.
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Old 01-10-2020, 05:37 PM
 
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I also developed raspiness and ended up finding out I had a benign polyp on my vocal chords. BTW, I ignored the raspiness for like a decade, thinking it was a symptom of being present when the World Trade Center went down. I also smoked that whole time. The surgeon told me that if I went to speech therapy afterwards, chances of recurrence went down by 80%, as it was more likely caused by strain than anything else. 9 years later and no problems.
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Old 01-10-2020, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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The above posters went to a doc and found out what was causing the changes in their voices. Now it is your turn to do same.
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Old 01-10-2020, 06:41 PM
 
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Go see your doc, don't ask an anonymous forum of mostly non-experts
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Old 01-10-2020, 07:42 PM
 
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Gee, the OP just wants to know if anyone has any idea what it could be. They're not asking anyone to diagnose and treat it.
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:26 PM
 
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Gee, the OP just wants to know if anyone has antc

Yes, and others are telling what their physicians diagnosed, which gives the OP an idea of what it could be. He had best go to the Dr and find out what it actually is, not what it could be.
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Old Yesterday, 03:40 PM
 
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You need to have an ENT specialist look at your larynx. There are many benign growths that can occur and result in your symptoms. If you have been doing a lot of oral s@x there is an "epidemic" of HPV which is going around, and can produce growths in your oropharynx - sometimes pre-cancerous. See an ENT guy.
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Old Today, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Mine was a polyp on my vocal cord.
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