6 Steps to a Healthier Voice

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Professional voice users often experience vocal strain from vocal overuse, but  anyone can experience hoarseness from time to time. Here are some tips to protecting your valuable voice.

  1. Well hydrated vocal cords are more resistant to the effects of stress and strain. Drink plenty of water, and consider using a humidifier to counteract the effects of dry air.
  2. Modify your diet or take precautions to help control reflux. Stomach acid can reflux high enough to reach and damage the vocal cords.
  3. Make lifestyle changes that limit shouting, screaming, and talking over background noise. Reduce vocal strain by using amplification in speaking situations.  Maintain a quiet speaking voice without whispering, and avoid or reduce throat clearing.
  4. Eliminate or reduce exposure to environmental irritants (allergens) In some cases, medication taken for other medical problems can have a drying effect which can irritate the vocal cords.
  5. In periods of extreme stress or physical fatigue, protect your voice by resting it as much as possible.
  6. Consult a physician if a hoarse voice persists for more than 2 weeks.  An evaluation by an ear, nose, and throat specialist should be performed before beginning any sort of voice therapy begins.

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Rose Godfrey

Rose Godfrey

Rose Godfrey is a speech pathologist, writer, world traveler, and mom of 12.She earned her Masters Degree from California State University, Chico. Rose is licensed as a speech pathologist in several states and she holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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