• By Jeff Olsen

Mayo Clinic Minute: See How Your Voice Works

August 23, 2016

doctor pointing at voice vocal cords monitorYour voice might seem like a simple communication tool, but it's actually a complex instrument that's vulnerable to problems over time.

Voice disorders can be caused by smoking, screaming or failing to drink enough water. Your voice also can be affected by age, allergies and neurological diseases.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, voice specialist Dr. Amy Rutt shows the intricate series of steps it takes to create your voice, and explains how this vocal system can be compromised. Jeff Olsen reports.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

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