Fun ENT fact of the day - 7

Your nose shapes the sound of your voice...

What we hear when people speak and sing is in large part related to the resonating structures of the throat and nose.  The voice is produced in the larynx but that sound is really a buzzing sound.  The richness of the sound is determined by how the sound is processed above the larynx, which occurs in the nose and throat.  It's the same principle that separates a grand piano from a child's toy piano.  The nasal voice we hear in someone with a cold and allergies is due to the loss of this nasal resonation since the air cannot pass through the nose.

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