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    Voice Hygiene

    Keeping Your Voice Healthy
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    Keeping Your Voice Healthy

    • Voice HygieneTalk and sing if you like it, but keep within your pitch range & do not strain your voice
    • If you enjoy using your voice loudly, ensure you have a good technique.
    • Go to a doctor quickly if you develop a troublesome cough.
    • Avoid throat clearing and coughing as much as possible.
    • If you have to throat-clear, do it gently e.g. huff
    • Get your indigestion treated by a doctor as gastroesophageal reflux may cause problems to your voice.
    • Keep your body fit and healthy - eat well and exercise regularly.
    • Keep your neck and shoulders loose and easy and seek treatment for any neck or back problems. Bad posture produces a bad voice.
    • Drink lots, but not alcohol; and cut down on caffeinated beverages.
    • Enjoy a party but do not smoke anything at all.
    • Ask the other person to sit down with you to talk - standing and talking often result in urgent, tense talking.
    • Rephrase what you have said if someone does not understand you - don't just say it angrily again.
    • Take time off to rest your voice if you have a bout of infective laryngitis, or a sore throat.
    • If your voice is sick, take it to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist.
    • Avoid yelling and screaming in anger.
    • If you experience nasal airway congestion, or soreness in the larynx from coughing, a steam inhalation may help you.
    • If you sing or perform, warm up and cool down your voice before and after your performance.
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