Thea’s tips for preventing a voice problem

  • Keep a glass of water at hand. Sipping it all day whilst talking will maintain hydration and help keep your vocal folds lubricated thus reducing vocal fatigue. Aim for 2 litres of water/day.
  • Stop smoking as nicotine can irritate and dry out the vocal folds. Smoking can cause cancer of the larynx.
  • Take voice naps. Schedule some quiet time into your day.
  • If you have a talking job stay home from work when you have a cough or cold and minimize talking.
  • Avoid excessive throat clearing and coughing where possible.
  • Breathe before speaking as many patients hold their breath when talking which increases vocal effort.
  • Avoid singing outside of your range or too loudly.
  • Avoid talking excessively outside of your comfortable pitch or loudness range.
  • Scan your body for tension. General tension constricts the vocal tract and increases vocal effort.
  • Remember to have a laugh. Smiling and laughing reduces physical tension and encourages optimal breathing.
  • Ensure you get sufficient sleep both before and after busy talking days.
  • Reduce shouting and cheering at the football or other sporting events.
  • Keep coffee and alcohol to a minimum as they can dehydrate your larynx.
  • Reduce talking in noisy work or social environments.
  • Manage reflux effectively so that it does not inflame an already irritated larynx. Discuss reflux management with your doctor.
  • Aim for a balanced life so that stress can be minimized or at least managed effectively as
    “Tension murders the voice!”

If you have a voice problem which persists seek professional help. 

If your voice is husky for more than 14 days consult your general practitioner and see if a referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist is required.


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