Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:24 AM
Voice care-How to Keep Your Voice Healthy
By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore
- Drink enough water. Moisture is essential to keep your vocal cords well lubricated.
- Do not shout or scream.These are vocal abusive practices which put a lot of strain on the lining of your vocal cords.
- Warm up your voice before heavy use such as in singing, teaching a class, preaching, or giving a speech. Warm-ups can be simple, such as gently gliding from low to high tones on different vowel sounds, doing lip trills (like the motorboat sound that kids make), or tongue trills.
- Do not smoke- not only does it increase the risk of laryngeal cancers [voice box cancers] it is injurious to the vocal cords.
- Use a mike/microphone-When giving a speech or presentation or singing considers using a mike to lessen the strain on your voice.
- Listen to your voice. When your voice is complaining to you, listen to it.
- Do not strain your voice further when it is already hoarse
- Avoid throat clearing frequently- if you are clearing your throat frequently there might be some underlying problem.
- Avoid straining the voice when you have a cold
- Be aware of the medications you use.Some medicines such as over the counter cold and cough medications can dry up secretions and affect your voice
Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal
MBBS MS ENT[AIIMS]
Consultant ENT & Head & Neck Surgery
Sonia & Prateek's ENT Speciality Center,Sahakaranagar, Bangalore
ENT Specialist Bangalore