Voice doctors' tips to candidates good for supporters too
DENVER, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the high stakes of Super Tuesday a week away, presidential candidates may want to heed advice from two of the country's leading voice experts to ensure their voices stay healthy for stump speeches and pep rallies leading up to February 5, which can be equally helpful to others on the campaign trail such as cheering supporters, political pundits, and media analysts, or people who talk and travel a lot for their profession.
The increased frequency of candidate's speeches, in addition to their traveling in and out of diverse environmental conditions (potentially 22 states), can seriously harm their voice if they aren't prepared, says Dr. Andre Reed, Neurolaryngologist and Medical Director at Denver's Center for Voice & Swallowing Services (http://www.voiceandswallow.com), and Dr. Ingo Titze, Director of Denver's National Voice & Speech Research Center. They looked at conditions in the top 10 delegate states common to both the DNC and GOP for Super Tuesday, and used average temperature, pollution index, humidity levels, and elevation to offer the tips for the overworked and often-traveled vocal cords.
Sleep More In Colder Climates
Frequent, sudden shifts in temperature in the Eastern and Midwestern states -- going from heated offices, cars, and hotels to the frigid outdoors several times a day -- are harshest on the airways and lungs (which support the voice) leaving them more prone to infection. Dust and bacteria from heating vents, combined with exposure to viruses, change the air we breathe so rapidly that the immune system has little time to adjust. To counteract this, more sleep is recommended in colder climates like Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey and New York.
Prepare for Altitude
To reduce the risk of vocal fatigue and hoarseness, ad
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