Have you experienced a change of voice recently? There are lots of voice related issues that we hear on a daily basis. That is because most of us do not know about voice disorders/voice change and vocal hygiene.
Voice disorders are characterized by changes in pitch, loudness or quality of the sound. Professional voice users are highly prone to voice disorders. The above can mostly affect teachers, bus conductors, politicians, lawyers, actors,singers, vendors ,etc who use their voice excessively for their professions. They and mostly children who use their voices in high pitches and males who have puberphonia (males who have a different pitch than the usual) are prone to have voice disorders.
Examples of voice disorders include:
- Vocal cord paresis or paralysis
- Spasmodic dysphonia
The most common symptoms of voice disorders/voice changes are,
- Reduction of loudness in voice
- Harshness of voice
- No Voice
- Frequent throat clearing
- Tension in the neck muscles
- Change of voice
- Be too high or low or change in pitch
- Sound strained or choppy
You may have tension or pain in your throat while speaking, or feel like your voice box is tired. You may feel a “lump” in your throat when swallowing, or feel pain when you touch the outside of your throat.
Tips to avoid change of voice,
- Use your normal loudness ,pitch of your voice
- Avoid speaking in noisy situations or use amplifying devices while speaking
- Drink more water
- Stay in a dust free environment
- Reduce alcohol intake
If you are suffering with any voice disorders/voice changes like the above, meet our speech pathologist. It is time you get an initial assessment done and obtain your therapy plan without any delay. Moreover, many individuals suffering from the above have been cured with extensive speech therapy. Therefore, do not let it harm your vocal cords, there are professional speech therapists who are ready to help you.
The human voice is the most perfect instrument of all.ARVO PART