Top 10 Ways to Love your Voice

Your voice is important and needs your love and attention.  This Friday, April 16, 2010, is World Voice Day and the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery has published a Top 10 list of Ways to Love your Voice to celebrate.  International Voice Care Professionals have observed World Voice Day since 2002 as a way to encourage everyone to take care of their voices through education and information.

Take care of your voice - your singing depends on it!

Take care of your voice - your singing depends on it!

The Top 10 Ways to Love Your Voice

The AAO-HNS cares about your voice and so should you!  If you take care of it, your voice will last as long as you do. 

1. Embrace hydration—Moisture is good for your voice, and drinking plenty of water throughout the day is the best way to stay hydrated.
2. Kiss but don’t yell—Yelling or screaming is always bad for the voice, as it puts a lot of stress on the delicate lining of your vocal cords.
3. Hug a microphone when speaking in public—When you are called upon for public speaking, particularly in a large room or outdoors, use a microphone. The amplification allows you to speak at conversational volume, yet reach the entire audience.
4. Warm up your voice by saying a few sweet nothings—Warming up the voice is not just for singers; it helps the speaking voice, too. Doing simple things like lip or tongue trills, or gliding up and down your range on different vowels will help warm up your voice.
5. Always clear the air, but don‘t clear your throat—Clearing your throat is like slapping or slamming the vocal cords together. Instead of clearing your throat, take a small sip of water or swallow to quench the urge.
6. Go ahead and look hot, but never smoke—Likely the single worst thing you can do for your voice is to smoke. It causes permanent damage to the vocal cord tissues and is the number 1 risk factor for cancer of the larynx (voice box).
7. Know what you‘re feeling—When you are in a place with loud background noise, you don‘t realize how loudly you may be talking. Pay attention to how your throat feels in these situations, because it will often feel raw or irritated before you notice the vocal strain you are causing.
8. Think good breath support, not just heavy breathing—Breath flow is the power source for voice. Don‘t let your breath support run down before refilling your lungs and refueling your voice.
9. Be a good listener—If you hear your voice becoming hoarse when you are sick, be sure to rest it as much as possible. Pushing the voice when you have laryngitis can lead to more serious vocal problems.
10. Check it out—If your voice is persistently hoarse, be sure to seek evaluation by an otolaryngologist.

Love Your Voice! A Top 10 List, presented by AAO-HNS ENT doctors.

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Celebrate World Voice Day by using your voice!

Of course we recommend using your voice to sing to celebrate World Voice Day!  However, please sing carefully, remembering not to over do it by straining your voice, to drink plenty of water and to avoid smokey or dusty rooms.

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Visit a Professional Voice Health Care Specialist

If you live in New York City, Free Voice Screenings are being offered to NYSTA members and students, to raise awareness of vocal health issues. 

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Learn more about Vocal Health

To learn more about World Voice Day and vocal health topics, visit www.entnet.org/worldvoiceday.

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2 Comments

Posted by Shree 2. June 2012 at 5:04 am :

All the tips about improving & loving the voice. . .realy helping me. Thnx for the tips. .

Posted by Wisdom iloh 5. July 2012 at 12:16 pm :

Tanx alot 4 sharing dis information wit me.It is rlly hlping me.

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