Vocal Abuse and misuse
Vocal abuse is any behavior or occurance that strains or injures the vocal folds. This may include excessive talking, throat clearing, coughing, inhaling irritants, smoking, screaming or yelling.
Vocal misuse is improper voice usage such as speaking too loudly or at an abnormally high or low pitch. Frequent vocal abuse and misuse can damage the vocal folds and cause temporary or permanent changes in vocal function, voice quality, and possible loss of voice.
Tips for a healthy voice
- Maintain maximum water intake
- Identify and eliminate bad vocal behaviors that can cause voice disorder
- Allow yourself vocal naps, especially during periods of extended use
- Avoid yelling or screaming. If your voice begins to get hoarse, then reduce your voice use
- Don’t clear your throat too often as this can damage your vocal folds. Try sipping on water if you feel the urge to clear your throat
- If your voice is sick, then don’t use it
- When speaking in large groups, try using amplification
- Do not smoke or inhale smoke from others as this can irritate the vocal folds