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What does hoarseness sound like?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Someone who is hoarse may sound breathy or raspy. Their voice may sound scratchy, weak, or husky. Sometimes, there may be a noticeable pitch, volume, or quality change in the voice.

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