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Survey research shows many Americans are aware of importance of voice care
Date:4/15/2009

erbal communication, but is also our natural instrument for artistic expression. This year on World Voice Day, America's otolaryngologists encourage people to "invest in your voice" by taking simple steps to increase your vocal capital and avoiding habits that can be harmful."

World Voice Day gives vocal health experts the opportunity to highlight the magnitude of vocal health to the general public and to professionals who have built careers around their voices.

As AAO-HNS celebrates the seventh year of World Voice Day observance, ENT doctors offer some tips to keep in tip-top vocal shape:

  • Drink plenty of water. Moisture is good for your voice. Hydration helps to keep thin secretions flowing to lubricate your vocal cords.

  • Do not smoke and avoid places with excessive secondhand smoke.

  • Try not to scream or yell. These are abusive practices for your voice, and put great strain on the lining of the vocal cords.

  • Warm up your voice before heavy use. Warm-ups can be simple, such as gently gliding from low to high tones on different vowel sounds, doing lip trills (like the motorboat sound that kids make), or tongue trills.

  • Use good breath support. Breath flow is the power for voice. Take time to fill your lungs before starting to talk, and don't wait until you are almost out of air before taking another breath to power your voice.

  • Use a microphone. When giving a speech or presentation, consider using a microphone to lessen the strain on your voice.

  • Listen to your voice when it is complaining to you. Know that you need to modify and decrease your voice use if you become hoarse to allow your vocal cords to recover. Pushing your voice when it's already gruff can lead to significant problems. If your voice is hoarse frequently, or for an extended period of time, you should be evaluated.

In addition to these suggestions, new tools created for the 2009 observance
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Contact: Jessica Mikulski
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703-535-3762
American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery
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