HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR VOICE
- Drink lots of water – 8 glasses a day.
- Avoid smoking or being in smoke-filled rooms.
- Avoid overuse or vocal abuse.
- Avoid harsh substances such as alcohol, ammonia and other chemicals.
- Avoid speaking over noise.
- Avoid straining your voice.
- Don’t clear your throat; cough instead.
- If your throat hurts or feels dry when you speak, don’t ignore it. Something is wrong.
- frequent bouts of hoarseness
- habitual throat clearing
- vocal fatigue after speaking
- pain or irritation
- bulging veins in the neck
- “lump in the throat”feeling
- tightness in chest or neck
- tenderness in muscles in neck or shoulders
- too little or too much mucus
- pain in the base of the tongue
- reduced vocal range‑
- pitch breaks
- phonation breaks
- poor endurance
- raspy voice
If any of these problems last for more than 10 days, seek medical help,
Signs of vocal abuse: