Your voice is an extremely valuable resource and is the most commonly used form of communication. Our voices are invaluable for both our social interaction as well as for most people’s occupation. Proper care and use of your voice will give you the best chance for having a
healthy voice for your entire lifetime.
Hoarseness or roughness in your voice is often caused by a medical problem. Contact an otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon if you have any sustained changes to your voice.
- DO NOT ABUSE OR MISUSE YOUR VOICE: ( NEITHER SHOUT NOR WHISPER)
In every day communication, be sure to avoid habitual yelling, screaming, or cheering. Try not to talk loudly in locations with significant background noise or noisy environments. Be aware of your background noise when it becomes noisy, significant increases in voice volume occur naturally, causing harm to your voice. If you feel like your throat is dry, tired, or your voice is becoming hoarse, stop talking. Do not even whisper because it equally damages our vocal cords as shouting. Try not to speak in an unnatural pitch. Adopting an extremely low pitch or high pitch can cause an injury to the vocal cords with subsequent hoarseness and a variety of problems.
- MODERATE VOICE USE WHEN SICK: Reduce your vocal demands as much as possible when your voice is hoarse due to excessive use or an upper respiratory infection (cold).
- MINIMIZE THROAT CLEARING: Clearing your throat can be compared to slapping or slamming the vocal cords together. Consequently, excessive throat clearing can cause vocal cord injury and subsequent hoarseness. An alternative to voice clearing is taking a small sip of water or simply swallowing to clear the secretions from the throat and alleviate the need for throat clearing or coughing.
- DO NOT STRAIN ON VOCAL CORDS: Exercise such as weightlifting, straining in the bathroom, and any other activity that produces forceful vocal cord closure may result in injury and delay recovery from voice change.
- DRINK WATER (STAY WELL HYDRATED): Drink 3 litre of water. The vocal cords vibrate extremely fast even with the most
simple sound production; remaining hydrated through water consumption optimizes the throat’s mucous production, aiding vocal cord lubrication.
When giving lectures , speech or any place or profession dependent on public speaking , drink few sips of water after every 15 -20 minutes gap.
Decrease tea/coffee/(1 cup/day), soda and alocohol.
And always increase hydration when exercising.
Take steam ( plain) – 10 minutes/day.
- DO NOT SMOKE: It is well known that smoking leads to lung or throat cancer. Primary and second hand smoke that is breathed in passes by the vocal cords causing significant irritation and swelling of the vocal cords. This will permanently change voice quality, nature, and capabilities.
- INCREASE SALIVA FORMATION :
Eat saunf (fennel seeds) after food every time.
Keep tablet Limcee (chewable vit.c.) below tongue once a day.
- CONTROL ACIDITY : Avoid food causing bloating, gas formation or acidity.
Take regular walk after meals-10 minutes.
Do not drink water after meals(drink after 45 minutes).
Take light dinner.
Eat dinner two hours before sleeping.
No dairy milk products after 6 pm.
- AVOID GARGLES:Don’t do gargles without consulting doctor . Sometimes it worsens the voice problem.