Taking Care of Your Voice
We rely on our voices to inform, persuade and connect with other people. Many people are in professions that place a great demand on their voice. Unfortunately, these individuals also are most prone to experiencing voice problems. It is believed that 7.5 million people have diseases or disorders of voice. Some of these disorders can be avoided by taking care of your voice.
What Are Some Causes of Voice Problems?
- Upper respiratory infections
- Inflammation caused by acid reflux
- Vocal misuse and abuse
- Vocal nodules or laryngeal growths
- Neuromuscular diseases (such as Spasmodic Dysphonia or vocal cord paralysis)
- Psychogenic conditions due to psychological trauma
- In rare cases, laryngeal cancer
Keep in mind that most voice problems are reversible and can be successfully treated when diagnosed early.
Do You Know When Your Voice is Not Healthy?
- Has your voice become hoarse or raspy?
- Have you lost your ability to hit some high notes while singing?
- Does your voice suddenly sound deeper?
- Does your throat often feel raw, achy or strained?
- Has it become an effort to talk?
- Do you find yourself repeatedly clearing your throat?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be experiencing a voice problem. Contact a voice specialist at Center for Voice and Swallowing for a complete evaluation and treatment plan.