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Sound Hygiene and
Voice Health

We call all behaviors aimed at protecting the sound system sound hygiene.

Sound Hygiene and
Voice Health

  1. It is important to breathe correctly so that the vocal cords vibrate without damage. The correct breathing for speaking is diaphragmatic breathing. Correct posture, that is, standing upright, is important in order to use diaphragmatic breathing.

  2. Frequent and severe throat clearing, frequent and severe coughing will irritate the vocal cords, so these behaviors should be avoided.

  3. It is important to hydrate the vocal cords, keep them moist and avoid irritants. Drink at least two liters (6-8 glasses) of decaffeinated liquids per day. Caffeine, (tea, coffee, cola), alcohol, dairy products cause damage to the vocal cords as they dry the water in the cell and cause an increase in phlegm.

  4. Do not speak loudly, shout or scream, as speaking loudly will irritate the vocal cords. Instead of sending your voice away, go there.

  5. Do not talk in dry, dusty, smoky, air-conditioned and noisy places.

  6. Do not smoke, as smoking irritates the vocal cords.

  7. Get treatment if you have reflux. The beginning of the esophagus is located just behind our vocal cords. Reflux treatment is important as stomach acid rising up from the esophagus will irritate our vocal cords.

  8. Use diuretic drugs under the supervision of a doctor; These drugs can cause drying of the vocal cords.

  9. Since many herbal teas have a diuretic effect, drink herbal teas to a limited extent.

  10. If you have allergies, sinusitis, pharyngitis, otitis, nasal congestion and lung disease, have it treated. All kinds of mistakes and problems in your body will negatively affect your voice; so get all your health problems solved.

  11. Make sure you get enough sleep every day.

  12. Vocal cords are also muscles. In order for these muscles to work strongly and regularly, do the  voice exercises recommended by the Specialist  Language and Speech Therapist.

  13. If you have hearing loss, have it treated. Due to hearing loss, you constantly feel the need to shout and talk.

  14. Before using drugs with hormonal effects, consult an ENT doctor. Some hormones can cause permanent thickening of your voice, while birth control pills narrow the dynamic range of your voice.

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