Transgender Voice and Communication in San Francisco, CA

Unlocking the voice in your heart

How would you like your voice to reflect your gender? What about finding that voice that truly resonates with who YOU are? Our goal in Passaggio, San Francisco Voice and Swallowing’s Gender Affirmative Voice and Communication Program is to help you find your authentic voice, and for that voice to feel easy and sustainable. We are here to honor your preferences, while giving you the tools to access a spectrum of vocal possibilities.

What Elements of Voice Can We Help With?

There is much more than the pitch of the voice that can contribute to gender perception. In fact, shifting pitch and resonance together are the two most important factors. Other areas that may or may not be targeted, depending on your preferences, include (but are not limited to) intonation, non-verbal communication, articulation, reflexive sounds, and more. Voice therapy can maximize ease and efficiency of voice, in an accessible pitch range that is more congruent with one’s gender identity. Most people we work with find that voice therapy is all that is needed to find their most authentic voice.

Will I Need Surgery to Achieve My Desired Voice?

Surgical options are also available, as needed. Surgery can be performed to adjust the appearance of one’s neck. Pitch modification surgery in conjunction with voice therapy is another potential option. Because the surgery only addresses pitch, voice therapy will help you to address resonance and other voice and speech targets, as well as to ensure you have the tools to optimize post-surgery healing. Rehabilitation after pitch modification surgery can be quite arduous. Because everyone’s needs are unique, the team works together with you so that you are fully informed of the risks and benefits of pitch modification surgery before deciding if that is an appropriate route for you.

Passaggio

[puh – sah – gee – oh]

  1. Bridge, crossing, passageway
  2. Transition or middle part of the singing range
  3. Gender affirmative voice program at San Francisco Voice and Swallowing

Schedule a Consultation for Transgender Voice Care

For more information on the Passagio Voice Program, contact San Francisco Voice to meet with our Transgender Voice Specialists. Call us at (415) 839-8639 to schedule an appointment at our otolaryngology office in the Bay Area today.