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!