Tuesday, June 19, 2007

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR VOICE


Shauna Farley, PhD. Speech/Language Pathologist (Orange, CA)

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR VOICE
  • Drink lots of water - 8 glasses a day.
  • Avoid smoking or being in smoke-filled rooms.
  • Avoid overuse or vocal abuse.
  • Avoid harsh substances such as alcohol, ammonia and other chemicals.
  • Avoid speaking over noise.
  • Avoid straining your voice.
  • Don't clear your throat; cough instead.
  • If your throat hurts or feels dry when you speak, don't ignore it. Something is wrong.

Do you experience:

  • frequent bouts of hoarseness
  • habitual throat clearing
  • coughing
  • vocal fatigue after speaking
  • pain or irritation
  • bulging veins in the neck
  • "lump in the throat"feeling
  • tightness in chest or neck
  • tenderness in muscles in neck or shoulders
  • too little or too much mucus
  • pain in the base of the tongue
  • reduced vocal range‑
  • pitch breaks
  • phonation breaks
  • poor endurance
  • raspy voice

If any of these problems last for more than 10 days, seek medical help,

Signs of vocal abuse:

  • nodules
  • polyps

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