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Does having your adenoids removed change your voice?

Does having your adenoids removed change your voice?

Speech, not voice.: Adenoidectomy can change speech, but not voice usually. Speech can become hypernasal (too much air coming through the nose) for a variety of reasons. This should be checked by you ENT doctor, or a speech pathologist. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Rickert
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Adenoids (Definition)

Adenoids are lymphatic tissue found in the airway behind the nose in the back of the throat. Adenoids are made up of the same type of tissue as the tonsils. Both help fight infections. However, unlike the tonsils, they cannot be seen by looking in the throat. Adenoids are found in children and begin to regress before puberty. In children, enlarged adenoids can cause obstruction of the nasal airway leading to difficulty breathing, breathing through the mouth, nasally voice, ...Read more


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If I get my adenoids removed, will my voice deepen? If so, is it immediate following surgery or is it a gradual change?

If I get my adenoids removed, will my voice deepen? If so, is it immediate following surgery or is it a gradual change?

Adenoids and Voice: Your adenoids are not closely associated with your vocal chords, so it should not permanently affect your voice.

You may get some post operative swelling which may make your voice a little hoarse, but that is usually temporary. ...Read more

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Tonsils and adenois being removed. Will that cause my voice to change?

Tonsils and adenois being removed. Will that cause my voice to change?

Possibly: Depending on their size the procedure may well change your voice. The bigger they are and the more they obstruct your airway the bigger the effect removing them will have. ...Read more

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Could getting your adenoids removed improve your singing voice?

Could getting your adenoids removed improve your singing voice?

Adenoids: At your age, the likelihood of your adenoids causing any particular problem would be quite unusual. For most patients, the adenoid pad gets smaller by the time they reach age 12. Allergies, sinus infection and reflux can cause then to stay enlarged, though. If there were enlarged, removal can often change the voice, but whether your singing voice would be improved is impossible to predict. ...Read more

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Ii have a small, cartoon-like voice. Can this be caused by large, present adenoids in adults?

Voice pitch: The pitch of your voice is determined by the length of your vocal cords. I don't think enlarged adenoids would change the pitch of your voice. ...Read more

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How often are adenoids removed in adults?

Almost never: Adenoids tend to disappear on their own in older kids and teens. While some could still persist in grown ups, if there is new adenoid growth in an adult it is concerning for something else growing in the area (like lymphoma or other tumor) and in that case a biopsy can be considered in the clinic, or complete removal in the operating room to assess for the underlying cause. ...Read more

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About 8 years ago I removed my tonsils but it completely changed my voice. Now it is affected my academic career. What should I do now?

About 8 years ago I removed my tonsils but it completely changed my voice. Now it is affected my academic career. What should I do now?

Speech therapist: Please consult a speech therapist as s/he is likely to be able to help in dealing with this issue. Follow the advice of the therapist closely to get the maximum benefit. ...Read more

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I'm a singer and I'm wondering if getting my adenoids removed along with my tonsils will change my sound.

Improve it: If you need your tonsils and adenoids removed, if anything the surgery will enlarge your bucco-pharyngeal resonator and if anything improve your resonance. As a professional singer and ENT surgeon, I can assure you that if the surgeon does a good job, you do not have to worry about your voice quality. Just make sure you really need these structures removed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a bifid uvula and I'm afraid that my voice will change if What to do if I have my tonsils removed. Is this possible?

What to do if I have a bifid uvula and I'm afraid that my voice will change if What to do if I have my tonsils removed. Is this possible?

It's possible: Some people with bifid uvula with have a submucous cleft palate. They may experience voice change and increased air escape through the nose with speaking after removal of the tonsils and adenoids. ...Read more

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Will I be able to ask to have adenoids removed?

You can ask to have: Them removed. Usually the surgeon and the insurance company would want to ensure that the surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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In puberty, do girls' voices change?

In puberty, do girls' voices change?

Yes, definitely: Girls voice boxes respond to steroid production during puberty just like boys. Wouldn't it sound silly if adult women had children's voices? ...Read more

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Do adenoids in adults need a biopsy?

Do adenoids in adults need a biopsy?

Maybe: Generally the adenoids tend to shrink in size by the teen years and little of them remains beyond that. While some people can have persistence of some of their adenoids, doctors worry when there are new symptoms of enlarged adenoids in adults as it could be an indication of a tumor such as lymphoma or nasopharyngeal carcinoma. If the doctor wants to biopsy it is probably a good idea to do it. ...Read more

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