The NCVS, who did the research, has lots of tips for maintaining a healthy
voice. Just Google National Center for Voice and Speech. And, we
are still doing lots of related research so Earl1066, just go to the NCVS
website and send any of the researchers a note.
As a former speech pathologist, graduate degree holder from the University of
Utah with an MA in Communication Disorders, and as a former missionary in the
Northern Far East Mission (1962 - 1965) when President Hinkley was in charge of
the Asian missions of the Church, I found this article immensely interesting on
several levels. I am also approaching the age that President Hinkley's
voice began to change. I suspect that the researchers were graduate students in
the program at the U and were therefore unpaid. However, it would still have
been very interesting and rewarding to have been able to take part in the
research. I very much would have enjoyed participating.
As an apostle, before he became a counselor in the First Presidency in 1981 at
the age of 71, Hinckley would bear the most uniquely and profoundly personal and
powerful testimony I have ever heard in the church. After his elevation to
counselor it became remarkably bland, common and formulaic, hardly
distinguishable from dozens of others. This was also at the midpoint of the
range of ages for his voice change was noted in this study. The things I noticed
were not just a change in his voice but in the content, depth and personal
resonance. I have no idea what that was related to but the loss was a big
disappointment for me.
Would be nice if the DNews did a follow up article talking about what things we
can do to maintain a healthy voice.
The research assistants for this study are lucky- getting paid to listen to
Gordon B Hinckley's sermons. What a privilege.
I'm not LDS but I did meet him a couple of times. I believe this was before
he became the President of the Mormons. He had a wonderful sense of humor that I
remember well and that was reflected in his voice. I think he was a genuinely
positive individual and that never hurts.
I would hope they would continue to study this topic, not just for one or a few
men but for a good sampling of men and women too. I had noticed my vocal pitch
rising with Graves' Disease and lowering again with treatment of it, in
spite of a general lowering trend as I was aging.
Interesting study. But I just loved to listen to him. As toosmartforyou said,
his advice was great. But he also just had a great voice. President Faust too.
I loved listening to both of them.
While this article emphasizes the benefits that may be derived from an analysis
of his speaking pattern one might want to consider the advice he gave to those
who have heard and read what he stated. Following that would produce great
benefits, too. It's more important to study what he said than how he said
What a really fascinating study of an equally fascinating man!