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  • Phonetograms (planimetry) had clearly bigger dynamics in the older pupils after the pubertal register shift, with a falling of the lowest tones in both sexes.

  • The fundamental frequency in reading a standing text changed in boys with an octave and in girls with one-fourth octave, related significantly to an increase of the tonal range of five semitones for both girls and boys.

  • The statistically significant results are that the change of fundamental frequency in puberty is related to testosterone in boys and estrogens in girls.

  • Prospectively testosterone values over 10 nmol/ml suggest a boy in vocal puberty. A girl after menarche and with a tonal range in reading of five semitones is post-pubertal.

Keywords

Fundamental Frequency Serum Testosterone Level Pubic Hair Development Speak Voice Oestrone Sulphate 
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