HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR VOICE and WHAT'S VOCAL HEALTH

Updated: Aug 29, 2020


This how-to guide outlines tips to use to keep your

voice healthy for your entire life. To individuals who use their voices in their jobs, making sure your voice will last a lifetime is critical. People who use their voices each day are at risk for developing vocal problems that can become chronic and affect your livelihoods. Check-out my specialized lists of do's-and-don'ts.


Vocal Misuse Behaviors to Avoid


Your vocal cords are very delicate, and when you speak or sing your vocal folds come together and gently vibrate. If these vocal folds come together in a forceful way they can be injured.


DON'T:

  • Talk loudly yell scream or make

  • Whisper excessively

  • Start singing without warming up or without coaching

  • Talk over the noise in a variety of settings such as a bar, soccer game or party

  • Prop your cell or phone between you shoulder and your ear


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DO'S:

  • Get close to the person you want to talk to instead of shouting across a room

  • Be aware of how loud you are speaking and avoid whispering-use a soft voice

  • Use a microphone, a monitor speaker if singing with a band and take voice breaks

  • Use good posture and breath support




USE YOUR SPEAKING VOICE IN A HEALTHY WAY

When you are talking, your vocal folds come together about 100-200 times per second and that adds up to millions of times a day and they can be injured over time. Stop talking before you feel tired and know your vocal limits.