- 7-million Americans suffer voice disorders
- Nearly 3 in 10 people have experienced voice problems
- 20% of teachers have missed work due to voice problems
SIGNS you may be damaging your voice:
- If you voice is hoarse frequently or for an extended period of time, you should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist (ear-nose-throat doctor).
TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR VOICE:
- Drink plenty of water. Moisture helps keep thin secretions flowing to lubricate vocal cords.
- Try not to scream or yell at ball games or other venues. This can strain the lining of the vocal cords.
- Don't overuse your voice. Give it a rest, rather than talking on the cell phone all the time.
- Don't smoke.
- Use good breath support. Fill your lungs before talking and don't wait until you are almost out of air before taking another breath to power your voice.
- Use a microphone when giving a speech or presentation.