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The importance of taking care of your voice

24
Jun
2021

Voice is a wonderful instrument that allows us a superior way of communicating. Through inflections, pauses, variations in rhythm, intensity or timbre, the voice allows us to add emotion to the word and give a unique richness to communication.

Even in a time when we use, and sometimes abuse, computer or electronic forms of communication as common as social networks and written messages, voice remains a means of interaction and sharing that allows us to talk, affirm, doubt, interrogate, accuse, convince, represent, sing, angry.

How voice works
Produced in the larynx, the human voice results from the vibration of the vocal cords by the passage of air coming from the lungs. The sound is then transformed into speech by the joint organs, such as the tongue, teeth, palate and lips, and enlarged or modified by resonance cavities such as the pharynx, mouth, nasal cavities and perinasal sinus, all under the control of our brain.

Be aware of symptoms of voice changes
This powerful means of communication that we use every day should be a reason for our attention and concern when it is not in its full operation, when we suspect some disease or simply when we want to know what to do to improve your performance or not to spoil it.
These concerns must be transversal to all people, whatever their activity, in addition to those we consider as voice professionals.

 

In the consultation, we are daily faced with various doubts on this topic. We share some of the most frequently asked questions.

How do I know if I have a voice problem?
If your voice has changed recently, if you have become weaker or more tired, if you have become hoarse or if others notice your voice differently and if these changes persist for more than two weeks, you should consult your ENT doctor.

Does smoking or drinking alcohol hurt your voice?
It is clear that smoking irritates the mucosa of the larynx and can cause a serious voice problem, namely a cancer of the larynx. Alcohol also irritates the tissues of the pharynx and larynx contributing to the appearance of severe voice problems.

Prevent voice problems
It is important to take care of the voice, prevent voice diseases and, when they arise, treat them as early as possible.
Some advice to prevent problems with your voice:
- Drink water regularly;
- Try not to talk about too much or many consecutive hours;
- Don't speak louder than necessary;
- Avoid pigarrear or cough to "clear the throat";
- Do not smoke and avoid alcoholic beverages;
- If you're hoarse don't talk or whisper, be a good listener;
- If you get hoarse for more than two weeks, look for an Otorhinolaryngology specialist.

 

 

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