How to look after your voice

Escrito por: Mr Brian Fish
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Editado por: Bronwen Griffiths

The voice box is what allows us to speak, and is absolutely essential. Therefore, in order to look after our voice, caring for our voice box is the main priority. This is particularly important if you rely on your voice for your career, for example, if you are a teacher, lawyer, singer, or sales representative. In such jobs, your voice is your tool, so caring for it is paramount. Mr Brian Fish, who is an ENT surgeon and expert in treating voice disorders, gives us advice on what we can do to look after our voice.

What can I do to look after my voice?

The voice box is the engine of voice production and produces the sound that we then go on to manipulate into comprehensible words. It is made up of two components:

  1. Muscles and cartilage
  2. The specialised lining that covers the muscles and cartilage

Therefore, to look after your voice, is to look after these two components.

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So, how can we care for our voice?

In order to look after the muscular element, there are a few easy things we can do, such as:

  • Keep ourselves well rested
  • We can also help ourselves by making sure we take a nice deep breath before using our voice because otherwise, the temptation is to try and strain those muscles to get as much sound as we can out of the air that is coming through
  • Avoid overusing the voice
  • Avoid shouting
  • Avoid using the voice when it is tired or sore
  • Avoid using the voice abnormally, such as whispering or shouting

In order to look after the specialised lining, we need to:

  • Keep it well hydrated, meaning we should drink plenty of water during the day and avoid too many caffeinated drinks which have the effect of drying things out
  • Avoid smoking and smoky environments
  • Avoid dry and dusty environments
  • Avoid certain foods which may give people acid reflux or indigestion, and that acid can come up and affect the lining of the voice box
  • Avoid constant throat clearing

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Por Mr Brian Fish
Otorrinolaringología

El Sr. Brian Fish es un cirujano otorrinolaringólogo con sede en Cambridge . Especializado en cirugía de tiroides , paratiroides y cáncer de cabeza y cuello , también es experto en el tratamiento de bultos de glándulas salivales y del cuello , trastornos de la voz , trastornos de la garganta y trata una amplia gama de afecciones ENT. Estableció y dirige una clínica de voz especializada en Addenbrooke Hospital, Cambridge, con un terapeuta del habla y también dirige una clínica de tumores de cuello y tiroides en Spire Cambridge Lea y Nuffield Hospitals.

El Sr. Fish se licenció en la Universidad de Birmingham y recibió una amplia formación en tres de los hospitales docentes más importantes de Liverpool, incluido Alder Hey Children's Hospital, donde adquirió las habilidades y la experiencia para ofrecer servicios completos de otorrinolaringología pediátrica . Luego realizó una beca en Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello en el Royal Brisbane Hospital en Australia antes de ocupar su puesto de consultor en Cambridge. Ahora ejerce en varios hospitales en Cambridge y se desempeña como asesor clínico asociado para el defensor del pueblo parlamentario y de servicios de salud.

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