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Inside Look of the Larynx

The Anatomy of the Larynx will be the focus of Vocalogical’s next episode! I love talking about all of the muscles of the throat, some with very very long, ridiculously long, names. Along with discussing the names of the cartilages and muscles of the larynx, we’ll also get a taste of how those muscles interact to produce different sounds! This is the tip of the iceberg, with tons more information to be enjoyed, and more in depth topics will definitely be discussed in the future.

I completely realize, however, that it’s difficult to memorize the names or visualize the workings of the voice simply through speech. I did a little bit of digging on the world wide web, and found a fantastic site that highlights the parts of the larynx you’d like to see! I’d recommend, either while listening to the podcast, or just after, tinkering with this program to get a clearer idea of what was mentioned on the air.

It can be found here: https://www1.columbia.edu/sec/itc/hs/medical/anatomy_resources/anatomy/larynx/

To give a bit of a preview, the cartilage to listen for on the podcast will be the epiglottis, thyroid, cricoid, and arytenoids. Important muscles will by the thyroarytenoid and cricothyroid muscles, with a couple of more thrown in the mix! And we can’t forget about the only suspended bone in our bodies, the hyoid bone!

Keep an eye out for the next episode of Vocalogical, releasing on this coming Wednesday, June 7th! You can subscribe on Itunes and Google Play, and can be followed @vocalogicalpod on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/Vocalogical/.

Happy listening and enjoy our deeper look into the larynx, the house of our voices!

 

IVF

Larynx Ossification

It’s interesting to note that the larynx goes through ossification. 

Welcome to Interesting Voice Facts (IVF)! As I read through new material, every once in a while I stumble on something that I find very fascinating. This IVF is that as the larynx ages, it ossifies, which is a fancy way to say that all of the cartilages in the throat begin to turn to bone. When I thought about it, it made sense. After all, muscles and the body as a whole begin to lose tone and flexibility, which means cartilage would as well. The shocking part was how young it began. Sources say the cartilage in your larynx could ossify as early as the age of eighteen. 

What shocked me about this was knowing that many singers are in their vocal prime in the late twenties/early thirties, with some singers being able to sing well into their nineties like a pro. I assumed this rigid change in the vocal mechanism would bring about some negative changes to the voice. If this were true, however, the vocal prime wouldn’t be as late as it is. Actually, many attribute this change to be the reason why singers in their twenties, thirties, and beyond, could attain such beauty, range, and power.

Who knew your larynx changing to bone could be a good thing! There is tons of information on this topic, and one that will definitely be covered within a podcast. Pros and cons, research, and many more specifics will be discussed. For now, think of this idea of larynx ossification and more information will be coming to you soon!