For professional and amateur singers alike, voice problems are a serious matter. Unfortunately, the more reliant we are on our voice, the more likely we are to develop a vocal problem. Singers therefore have to be more cautious in tending to their vocal health.

How Can I Tell if My Voice is Unhealthy?

If you are at risk of developing a vocal problem, you may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Hoarseness
  • Limiting vocal range
  • >Raw, strained or achy sensation when speaking

What is Causing My Vocal Problems?

There is a range of potential factors contributing to your voice problems. Some of these causes include:

  • Respiratory infection
  • Overuse
  • Acid reflux (heartburn)
  • Throat cancer
  • Misuse
  • Disease

How Can I Protect My Voice?

If you are worried about developing a voice problem, you can take the following precautions:

  • Don’t smoke and avoid inhaling secondhand smoke.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink at least eight cups of water per day and limit alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Avoid foods that may cause heartburn, including spicy food. This can lead to damage to your esophagus.
  • Get plenty of sleep each night.
  • Be sure to rest your voice and avoid overuse. If your voice feels strained or hoarse, be sure to limit your speaking.
  • Work with a voice specialist to learn proper vocal techniques. This will allow you to avoid vocal misuse.

Can I Treat a Vocal Disorder?

Most vocal disorders can be treated under the supervision of a trained specialist. Treatments may include medical treatment, behavioral adjustments or surgery.

If you have a voice disorder or want to learn more about vocal health, contact a vocal health professional today. An otolaryngologist (also referred to as an ear, nose and throat doctor or ENT), specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of issues related to the head and neck. At California Head and Neck Specialists, our team includes some the best vocal specialists in San Diego.