why do older smoker have gravelly voices?

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why do older smoker have gravelly voices?
« on: 06/07/2007 09:15:06 »
what is happening to cause that?

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why do older smoker have gravelly voices?
« Reply #1 on: 06/07/2007 09:39:24 »
Smoking swells the vocal chords, and as they are consequently bigger and heavier, they produce a different pitch to non swollen chords. If you look at guitar (catarrh - ahaha) string, then larger ones do the lower notes, while the smaller ones do the high notes. The swelling will affect the way your vocal chords work in the same way.

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« Reply #2 on: 06/07/2007 09:42:18 »
I think that you can also get polyps growing on the surface of the throat which will also affect air-flow and so on.

If we could look into our own bodies and see what half this stuff was doing to us, I think we'd stop pretty damn quickly!

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« Reply #3 on: 06/07/2007 10:00:11 »
MY AUnt last her voice box to cigerettes and smoking,,damaged her vocal cords pretty severely! She had to be fitted with this tube and out side bell shaped apparatus that helped with making speech . she had a huge whole in her throat after that she would put the bell part up to the hole and speak as best she could into the tube.. Could barely understand her most of the time.
Now days they have improved the equipment they have to replace the old tube much better understanding.

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