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.